Two WRT54G routers - Am I doing this right?
May 25, 2010 10:29 AM Subscribe
Optimizing my home network, using a pair of Linksys WRT54G wireless routers + Tomato. Best practices?
posted by caution live frogs to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Home wired + wireless network. Two WRT54G wireless routers, both running the latest Tomato build:
First WRT54G (v.1) in the basement, running DHCP. Printer and home computer plugged in to this router via Cat5.
Second WRT54G (v.3) is upstairs, connected to the first router by Cat5, with wireless on but DHCP disabled. HD TiVo plugged in via Cat5.
Both routers are configured to run as access points plus WDS. Both routers set to use WEP security (because the wireless adapter for our older Series 2 TiVo can't handle anything else). Same SSID, same passphrases, same channel.
As far as I can tell everything is working correctly - but the wireless strength seems to be less than I expected. Our older TiVo for example has a really weak signal. I'm wondering if the routers are too close together - it's a small house, and I doubt the Cat5 cable between the routers is longer than 50 feet - would that cause a problem? iStumbler sees them both, but for some reason only shows security on one of the routers (the other is listed as "open"). Additionally, I have an auto-sensing program on my Mac (MarcoPolo) that determines location based on things like SSID, and since adding the second router it flakes out every minute or so, switching my location back and forth, which is really annoying. Is this possibly a result of a bad setup, interference, or just my computer being handed off between routers? Like I said, things seem like they're working; all the devices are connecting (iPhones, TiVos, Wii) but they aren't all getting the signal strength I expected. Quality of connection is ranging between 25-50, for devices within just a few feet of the router(s).
I'm even starting to wonder if I need to enable WDS at all for this to work. From what I can tell, WDS is usually used when the routers are NOT connected to each other, but I want them to stay wired (speed matters, especially for Netflix streaming to the HD TiVo). Any suggestions?