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Linksys WAP54G in Wireless Repeater mode

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 I'm trying to set up wireless access in a static ip network - the wireless clients will be dhcp with a Linksys WRT54G serving as the gateway.  

I wanted to use the WAP54G as a wireless repeater to expand the wireless coverage, but have not had success in getting the 54 to work  in that mode - got no increase in signal strength when the Wireless repeater was plugged in, in an area that had "fair" coverage from the Router

is the "link"  light supposed to light up if the Router and Repeater are communicating?

Thanks in advance
 
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No the "link" light is not suppose to light up.
What firmware do you have on the AP.
I ask this because I know many users have had problems with the latest firmware.  I think v2.02, that has the repeater mode.  I had some luck repeating two AP's, but it is unstable.
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 The firmware  WRT54g -2.02.7 and WAP54G 2.0.  My last round on the tech support phone calls the voice on the other end said that the AP had to be plugged into the router for the combo to work,

so I guess firmware upgrade or no, Direct wire (not network wiring) access port is the only mode that is really offered.

Luckily I had existing ethernet availble near where I wanted the wireless service and jumpered to an ethernet run near where I wanted the access point to operate. Customer served without any new ethernet run but I was lucky this time.  I guess Linksys must connect to linksys -for now
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yea, hopefully they'll come out with a better firmware, that we can actually connect to other wireless routers or AP's...
Glad you got it to work tho
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by:jaarons
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The advice from Linksys technical support doesn't make sense.  During setup you have to be connected to the WRT54G's ethernet ports.  Once setup is complete you should be able to move the WAP54G anywhere, without a Ethernet lan connection, then it would repeat the signal.

The purpose of a repeater mode is to provide coverage in a area where you don't have Ethernet connectivity.  The goal should be to repeat the client's signal you recieve back out the same radio interface to the root ap.

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