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Wireless Repeater DD WRT firm ware

I need to ask a few questions about this and how it works.

If I have 1 main router with DD WRT firmware on it,  and I buy say.... 3 more routers.
I run a physical cable to each one of the routers from the main.

I should be able to set up a repeater air bridge on each of the 3 routers?

I want to have STRONG signal through out my entire home. No matter where I go. I would  further like 1 SSID. I would like my laptop to just connect to the one wireless network.

Is this correct? If so how to do i set this up?

OR would each of the 3 routers have tot have it's OWN ssid?  
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sshah254Commented:
Yes, you can set the other 3 as REPEATER or REPEATER BRIDGE if you want to keep the same SSID.

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pcchaosAuthor Commented:
So I set them to repeater bridge.  This allows me to use physical cable from each router to the main router. And is et SSID to the same on all ourters envolved correct?

Will this allow me to see only one signal?
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mwiener1Commented:
If your going to run a cable to these new routers, plug the cable into a lan port, give them a new IP - i usually ise .254/253/252 for access points but you can use whatever you want, and make sure you turn off dhcp on the new routers. Set the SSID and security the same, and set them all to a separate channel and you'll be able to bounce between all of the routers without ever knowing it happened.
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pcchaosAuthor Commented:
hmm... I followed a youtube tutorial on this and it did not seem  to work.

I was next to main router with SSID: ABCD  I linked to that ssid.  I went to other side of home where other router was set up and the sat right next to that 2nd router.  Signal very weak.

Do I need to make any changes to the settings on the main router?

I may need to upgrad  the firmware on the main rotuer dunno. it has been in that router for about 1.5 years.

on the new routers, once you disable the network type... it removes dhcp options on it's own. Im not infront of the screen im going off of memory as im at work.
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mwiener1Commented:
Dont set it to repeater mode if you have a cable plugged in - all you'll do is decrease bandwidth.

Reset all of the new routers to factory defaults and follow my instructions from the post above and you wont have any issues.

I do this for clients at least 2-3 time a week.
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pcchaosAuthor Commented:
The cable connect the 2 routers. I want my laptop to connect to one ssid and connect to either router....which ever signal is the strongest.

BUT I would like to plug in 1 physical computer at router number 2 as well.
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mwiener1Commented:
Thats fine with my configuration from above.

Basically, all your doing is turning the second router into a wireless switch.
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pcchaosAuthor Commented:
so set 2nd  one as repeater bridge and use the same ssid?

I did go in to security and turn all that stuff off and diabled it.
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mwiener1Commented:
not a repeater, pretend that function isn;t there.

on dd-wrt set it to AP mode, disable dhcp on all but one of the routers (leave it on your original), plug a cable into one of the LAN switch ports, and it will act like nothing more than a switch that does wireless.

on the setup tab, set the routers IP to something within your current subnet, but not the same IP as the current router - generally 192.168.1.1 - set it to 192.168.1.2 or 192.168.1.254, anything in that range as long as they are all a different address.

you should make these changes before you plug in the cable from the other router so as to not have any conflicts. If you get to a point where you cant get an IP address on the machine your using before its complete you'll need to give yourself a static IP in the range that your setting but once everything is set you can turn it back to DHCP and it will get addresses from the original router.
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pcchaosAuthor Commented:
Ok so i need AP on both routers.  I thought I had to use the repeater bridge on the 2nd router according to a video i watched on YouTube.

Main Router =
AP
Mixed Mode
SSID
Channel 6
DHCP = on

2nd Ruter =
AP
Mixed Mode
SSID = same SSID as Main router
Channel 6
DHCP =off


That look right?
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mwiener1Commented:
Almost. Set them to different channels.
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pcchaosAuthor Commented:
Ok then WiFi devices will change roiters without me noticing even on diff channels?
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mwiener1Commented:
Correct. With different channels it can tell which one is the strongest and switch seamlessly as long as all ssid an security is the same.
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pcchaosAuthor Commented:
Hmm ok as long as channels are different.... SSID and WPA2 Password the same.... how many can I chain?


MainRouter----------->2ndRouter------------>3rdRouter-----------etc

OR must it always be

Main router
|
|----------------------------2ndRouter
|----------------------------3rdRouter
|----------------------------etc

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pcchaosAuthor Commented:
Setting it to AP does not work.

Main router is configured as follows:
WAN Connection Type = Automatic Configuration -DHCP
DHCP = Yes
IP 192.168.2.1
Wireless Mode AP
Network Mode  MIXED
SSID  ABCD
Channel 6
SSID Broadcast Enabled

2nd router is configured as follows:
WAN Connection Type = Disabled
IP 192.168.2.254
Gateway 192.168.2.1
DHCP Server = Disabled
Wirless Mod AP
Netowrk mode Mixed
SSID ABCD
Channel 14
SSID Broadcast = Enabled.

I have a physical cable from router 1 to router 2.  
I plugged a computer into router 2 and it gets the internet just fine.
Problem is with portable devices.
Router 1 is on West side of house.
Router 2 is on East side of house.

If im on west side with wifi on my phone i get SSID  ABCD  100%.
If I walk to other end of house signal is weak and has 1 bar for SSID ABCD.

If I disable wifi on phone and turn it back on it sees SSID but but only sees it coming from the West side of the house.
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mwiener1Commented:
Second router should read:


2nd router is configured as follows:
WAN Connection Type = Automatic configuration -DHCP
IP 192.168.2.254
Gateway 0.0.0.0
DHCP Server = Disabled
Wirless Mod AP
Netowrk mode Mixed
SSID ABCD
Channel 14
SSID Broadcast = Enabled.
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pcchaosAuthor Commented:
lol thought you gave up on me. testing it now...
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mwiener1Commented:
Here, this is my current setup.

 Setup Wireless
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pcchaosAuthor Commented:
mine looks just like those on router 2. But i don't have an sensitivity range.

I have turned off all security for now to test this on both routers.
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mwiener1Commented:
You have the cable plugged in to a LAN port right, not the WAN port?
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pcchaosAuthor Commented:
router 1 comes in strong when i stand next to it.  Walk across the house and stand next to router 2 and have almost 0 signal.
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mwiener1Commented:
They're on different channels?
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pcchaosAuthor Commented:
yes router 1 is channel 1
router 2 is channel 14

I changed ssid on router 2 by 1 digit t test.  It does not show up on my phone at all.  It is like it is not usig that radio at all.

Is there an issue with this firmware and model router perhaps?
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mwiener1Commented:
That my going to be my next suggestion.

If its not broadcasting the SSID you should still technically be able to connect to it since you have already joined the network on the other router, but if its not broadcasting wireless at all then obviously you're out of luck.

If you have the time and patience, flash back to a stock firmware and configure the same way and see if you can get better results.
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pcchaosAuthor Commented:
will the stock linksys do this?  is there another build of dd wrt you would recommend?
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mwiener1Commented:
Stock linksys will do this.

Same setup. Cable to lan port. Same subnet but not the default 192.168.2.1 for an address, disable dhcp.

Initially, give it a different SSID just to make sure its broadcasting, then once that's confirmed change the SSID and security to match the other router and you should be all set.
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pcchaosAuthor Commented:
ok, ill work on it.
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pcchaosAuthor Commented:
mwiener1

I jacekd with this all ngiht long. I flashed that box to a diff build of dd wrt.

I cant explain it but if I use the SSID:  Berry

It will not work.  It will not boradcast.  If I use the SSID :dd-wrt,  or berry
it works just fine.

Either it doesn't like the Caps for the leter "B" or dd wrt just dont likle me and have coded against me LOL.

Im gonna give you points as this works,  with any SSID other then the name I want to use.
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pcchaosAuthor Commented:
Still dont know why it dosn't like the SSID I  want to use.
but the problem is resloved and works like  a champ.

Thanks mwiener1.  You have been a lot of help!
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mwiener1Commented:
I'm glad it's working. That almost has to be a bug in dd-wrt. A Capitol letter is what what holding you back? That's insane.
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