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Extending Wifi Range

Anyone use dd-wrt to convert an old router to a wifi repeater? I have an old netgear wgr614 v6 that i am thinking about converting, but some of the info on the wiki page i am not sure if i understand correctly. Any advice or hints would be appreciated.

As an alternative, any suggestions for a wifi extender in the $50 range?

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Edit: The more i read on this topic i am believing that the wgr614 might not have the ability to be a repeater without the dd-wrt, but the newer router WNDR3700v2 does. Now another alternative would be to use the wgr as a primary router and the wndr as a repeater. Any thoughts on that approach?

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flash it with dd-wrt, and follow this. Easy.

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I have done the wifi repeater thing a couple times. IMO it never really works that well. Your best bet is running cat5/6 as far as you can and setting up a second router as an access point.
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If anyone needs some WiFi APs, I have some Cisco and Colubris Access Points. These aren't routers, just straight up access points, so I'm not sure if this helps with what you guys are doing here.

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I thought I had it setup using the old router as a base and new router as a repeater, but there was a glitch. The repeater was sending out a signal, but nothing would accept the connection. To top it of, after that I could not log in to the repeater to tweak the settings. Ended up putting it all back to how it was. These projects take too long, will have to play with it another time.

How durable is cat5 cable? Will it be ok to run it outside? I am not about to rear apart walls for this.

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I have done the wifi repeater thing a couple times. IMO it never really works that well. Your best bet is running cat5/6 as far as you can and setting up a second router as an access point.
I'm doing this setup right now on 2 linksys routers running dd-wrt. One router at each end of the house.

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I have a couple of WDS mode systems in use.

Use WDS instead of repeater. Works better. However, your security will suffer as WDS only supports WEP, not WPA.

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WDS, built into Apple Airports, works FANTASTIC!

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WDS, built into Apple Airports, works FANTASTIC!
this is true.

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I tried using a second netgear router connected via ethernet together and I couldnt get the damn system stable. Annoying as hell.

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I have a couple of WDS mode systems in use.

Use WDS instead of repeater. Works better. However, your security will suffer as WDS only supports WEP, not WPA.
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WDS, built into Apple Airports, works FANTASTIC!
Ok, tell me what to buy to do this?

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Ok, tell me what to buy to do this?
If you are comfortable working with DD-WRT, load two wireless routers with the same release of DD-WRT.

Now in the setups, under Wireless, WDS, program the MAC address of the other router.

The repeater should be set to Forward DNS and to be a Wireless Router.

Both routers need to be set to the same channel, same WEP key, same wireless mode (A/B/G/N). Once they connect, you will see the connection in the Status tab.


check the Wiki for your release version. Some had WDS bugs.

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I'm doing this setup right now on 2 linksys routers running dd-wrt. One router at each end of the house.

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How did that work out for you?

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If you are comfortable working with DD-WRT, load two wireless routers with the same release of DD-WRT.

Now in the setups, under Wireless, WDS, program the MAC address of the other router.

The repeater should be set to Forward DNS and to be a Wireless Router.

Both routers need to be set to the same channel, same WEP key, same wireless mode (A/B/G/N). Once they connect, you will see the connection in the Status tab.


check the Wiki for your release version. Some had WDS bugs.

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Thanks Craig, I haven't tried this as my initial search for the right version of DD-WRT for the older router was not succesful. Also, thanks for clarifying that I would need to load DD-WRT to both routers. I was hoping to leave the newer on in tact, but if that will not work, I will have to look at alternatives.

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Save the headache and grab a apple time capsule with a couple airport express to entend the range and your set. Plus the new airport express have 2 Ethernet ports

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Save the headache and grab a apple time capsule with a couple airport express to entend the range and your set. Plus the new airport express have 2 Ethernet ports
$300 for the time capsule seems a little rich. Will two air port express accomplish the same thing?

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Any experience with the powerline ethernet extenders?

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