Mixed wi-fi network - can I "daisy chain" 2 APs?

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Mixed wi-fi network - can I "daisy chain" 2 APs?

Postby gutt3d » Fri Nov 26, 2004 8:20 am

I'm using a wireless G router (USR8054) with several G devices. Also got a couple of B devices, so everything is currently running a B speeds :(

Someone suggested that if I introduce a B access point, then my B devices can communicate with the new access point at B speeds while my G devices can communicate with my G access point at G speeds.

Is this right? If so, how can I connect them so that everything is connected to my broadband connection? My USR router has 4 ethernet ports - can I run a B router off one of those ports, so I've effectively got both B and G speeds running at same time? Because that would rock.

Sounds cool, and B access points have got to be fairly cheap these days...?
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Postby ajrox » Fri Nov 26, 2004 11:30 am

it really depends on the router models that have the WIFI points.
some do it no problem, some have issues.
heres a general break down of how you might want to set things up:
Cable / DSL modem to Grouter, then Grouter to Brouter connectected via cat5 or cat6 cables.
NOTE: you might need a crossover cable instead of standard patch cable. read the router documentation to see.
you might allso need to define a static rout on Brouter to look for the Grouter to get internet connectivity and see other clients {PCs} that are connected to Grouter.
you might allso need to define a static route on Grouter to look for clients that are connected to Brouter. it really depends on the routing protocol your routers are using.
the easiest thing to do is to call the router manufacturer tech support and try to get a hold of some one to walk you through the configuration. it should be all web based configuring with no telneting via console.
be sure to set differing network IDs {IP addressing}. EX:
Brouter
IP address: 192.168.50.1
subnet mask: 255.255.255.0
Grouter
IP address: 192.168.100.1
subnetmask: 255.255.255.0
this way there is no mix ups with client configuration and IP spoofing.
hope this helps a little
good luck
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Postby gutt3d » Fri Nov 26, 2004 2:21 pm

Excellent info - thanks mate. If I can find a USR B-router, that would be the way forward... And better yet, I've actually found a phone number for USR tech support (it wasn't easy!) so now I can phone them, rather than send an email to the black hole of "answers by email" support...

Nice one - thanks again!
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Postby gutt3d » Fri Nov 26, 2004 2:47 pm

Found the device I was looking for. It's a "U.S.Robotics 2249 22Mbps Wireless Access Point".

Shockingly it actually costs about the same price as the 11g wireless access point and router that I'm currently using 8O

Dammit. I was hoping it would be a whole lot cheaper. Am now wondering if it is really worth it just to speed up file transfer within my network :(

I guess I'll phone USR tech support first to see what's involved - if it'll work, then maybe it's worth a shot...
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Postby ajrox » Fri Nov 26, 2004 7:58 pm

:wink:
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