Extend wireless range

lurezero
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Hi,

I need to extend wireless range for a WRT160N device. The device itself is connected to a separate DSL line that will provide internet guest access. My current corp network cannot be touched. The device itself is sitting in the network room and it does not have a port for an antenna so thats not an option.

I am thinking i can install a second WRT16N half way through to the dead spot i want connectivity available. Is there a way to configure the second device to hook up to the wireless network and just push out more range? Is that possible?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Commented:
Why not move the wireless router out of the network room. Put a router in the network room and run an ethernet cable to a location where you want wireless. Now bridge the wireless into the DSL modem by plugging the cable into the WAN side of the wireless router and assigning it a static local IP address on the DSL router.  ... Thinkpads_User

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It sounds like what you want is a repeater bridge configuration.

With factory firmware, you won't be able to do it. But you can do it with DD-WRT on it, which apparently the WRT160N does support, according to this page:

http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Supported_Devices

What you're looking for is the Repeater Bridge mode:

Refer to this: http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Repeater_Bridge
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My initial comment would be that if you are installing a wireless router / bridge / access point within your corporate IT Environment, then you had better involve your IT department as the easiest route to hacking into a company network is via a poorly installed / configured wireless box, unless of course, you work in the IT department!
If you install the box and then the network is compromised, then you could potentially face the sack, depending on the wording of your contract.
 
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The initial post says the wireless router for guests is on a separate DSL line, so company security sould not be compromised. ... Thinkpads_User

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Well running a cable would have to be "congessionally approved". I have better chances of becoming president of the country. Existing wiring is for the corporate network. The network room where the WAP resides, is currently in the middle of the 2 guest areas. If i move the WAP, then the other area would be out of range for guests. This is my problem:
GUEST AREA 1<<<<<<<<<<WAP>>>>>>>>>>GUEST AREA 2>>>>>>>>>>DEAD SPOT
Both guest areas get 2-3 bars which is fine but the dead spot all the way to the end of the office is not picking up the signal at all.
ISOUL - then in theory i can flash the WRT160N, get a second WRT160N, flash it as well, and get the capability to wirelessly bridge them together? therefore extending the range to the dead spot?
 
 
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You do not have to flash the primary WRT160N. You can use the existing first-party firmware with it.

You would only have to flash the second WRT160N unit with DD-WRT that you want to use as the repeater bridge.

Basically, you would have

Originally:
<-------------WRT160N#1-------------->    (Dead spot)

Repeater Bridge Configuration:
<-------------WRT160N#1<=====>WRT160N#2------------->

Clients in between  the two units will be able to connect to either on

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