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Extending wifi with a bridge help

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If i'm wrong please tell me how to do this.

I want to extend an existing network to around 50' from the secondary wifi repeater, which will be 75' of cable from the source.

Basically:

(Have x2) Source is a Linksys WRT54GL (stock firmware) router as seen here:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833124190

(Do NOT have)I want to connect 75' of Rosewill Cat6 as seen here ($14 free shipping):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16812119200
I don't know if it'll be run interior or exterior to the house yet.

(Have) The other end of the cable will be the bridge I bought on sale for $17 a couple months ago LINKSYS WAP54G-RM (stock firmware)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833124353

So how far do you think the bridge will extend from the point from the first source?


Router -> 75' cable (distance 50-60' from source) -> Wifi extended by ?


I have a second WRT54GL that could be used if it'd extend the range better than the WAP54G-RM
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This question is very difficult since we do not know the layout you are tying to do this in, and what type of interference you may or may not have. I can tell you you can hook that wireless access pointup, and create another cell to get better signal in the area you put the new AP in. We can't tell you by how much though due to the reasons above.

I currently have a two storry house that is around 1900 square feet. I have one AP downstairs on one side of the house, and the second one on the other side of the downstairs in the garage. I needed the second one to cover the bonus room over the garage.

To set them up:
It does not matter where you plug the second wireless router into your network. I would give it a static address on the network of your primary router. Configure the AP to use the same SSID and security settings of your primary AP, but change the channel. Use either 1, 6, or 11. You will not be creating a bridge, but creating a secondary wireless cell. Since you are using the same ssid and encryption, you will have seamless roaming into the secondary cell.

Look at monoprice.com to get your cable. They have the best prices on different types of cables I have found.

http://www.monoprice.com/products/su...02&cp_id=10232
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What I have done for myself,as I didn't want to run more wire was to use DD-WRT firmware for a Linksys WRT54GS router I have and create a Client Repeater Bridge.
This not only increased the range of the wireless but gave another hardwire AP.
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i have one of these set up, you get a good amount of range.
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Something else you will need. If you are around other access points, you will need to find out what channels to set your APs to. You can use a free program call inSSIDer.

http://www.metageek.net/products/inssider

Once you install it, you need to hit the start button located on the upper right hand corner of the screen. The farther away from 0 you get the weaker the signal. -45 would be stronger than -55.

You will want to sort the list by RSSI so the strongest signals are on top. Since you will have two APs, you will want to set your channels (1, 6, or 11) differently from the strongest signal you see in inSSIDer. This will help reduce your co-channel interference. Don't forget if you don't turn off your primay AP, it should show up in the list as the strongest signal when you first run it.
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