Does an AP behind a wireless bridge necessarily incur a speed penalty?
November 30, 2011 8:52 PM Subscribe
I've been trying to setup a wifi network behind a wireless bridge, and keep finding that internet speeds are 1/3 to 1/10 of those I get by when connecting directly to the bridge or source network. What gives?
posted by unmake to computers & internet (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My landlord has provided a wirelessly shared 20Mbs DSL connection for the tenants of a small property. He's (wisely) located the (802.11g) wireless router centrally, but I get spotty coverage throughout my apartment, especially on handheld devices, so I've been trying to figure out a way to boost the signal - and also establish a secure 'walled garden' for my devices to talk to each other on that's inaccessible by my neighbors.
To that end, I've acquired a bunch of routers, including a Linksys E3000, Asus RT-N10+, Asus WL-330Ge, and D-Link DIR-655, all but the last of which support various alternative firmwares.
When a router is configured in client or bridge mode and has a good signal, I can get 10Mbs speedtest results from a laptop wired to it - same as I get from my desktop that's connecting to the landlord's SSID. But when I plug in a device to serve as an AP, I can't get anything near that speed on internet transfers, just 1-3Mbs.
What's especially confounding here is that wireless file transfers from the bridge+AP (the E3000 has a USB port) are zippy, at ~20Mbs. It's just the relayed internet that's problematic.
Landlord AP is on channel one; I've put mine on 6 or 11. I thought this would mitigate the bandwidth halving of repeating?