[kwlug-disc] Joining wi-fi's?

CrankyOldBugger crankyoldbugger at gmail.com
Mon Nov 4 13:01:31 EST 2013

I added in a Wi-Fi extender a few months ago.  Both devices were by NetGear.

Here's part of the install guide that might shed a little light on this:

If your router supports the 5 GHz band, repeat steps 1 and 2 to
connect the extender to the 5 GHz band. The 5 GHz Link Rate LED
on your extender lights up.
The extender’s wireless network name (SSID) changes to your
existing WiFi network name, with _2GEXT or _5GEXT at the end
of the name, depending on whether the extender is connecting to
your WiFi network in 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz.
Existing WiFi network name: MyNetworkName
New Extender network name: MyNetworkName_2GEXT

To connect additional WiFi devices to your extender network, use
the same network security key (password) as the one that is set
on your existing wireless network/wireless router.

-- so basically when I scan my network, I now see two new SSIDs, namely
network_2GEXT and network_5GEXT.  I haven't noticed any real difference
when connecting to one or the other.

On 4 November 2013 11:28, John Van Ostrand <john at vanostrand.com> wrote:

> I did a little reading on this myself earlier on this year when I added a
> second AP to the house to cover those pesky teenagers.
> What I found was that if you use the same SSID and same passphrase that
> clients *might* assume that they are related and will choose the best one
> and pass-over seamlessly. This seem to be really up to the client. I
> haven't looked to see if any standard applies to this hand-off, but the
> reading I had done suggested that some clients won't do this at all or well.
> I would guess that sophisticated or new clients will do this and older or
> simpler ones may not.
> On Mon, Nov 4, 2013 at 8:31 AM, Joe Wennechuk <
> youcanreachmehere at hotmail.com> wrote:
>> There is a small store in Waterloo. It is off Columbia.
>> http://www.superpassantenna.com/. They sell High Gain Panel (Fresnel
>> lens) antennae. I have used them up to 19 dBi. This can do the trick a lof
>> of times. If you have a removable antenna,  and the proper LMR end.
>> If you put a high Gain Antenna like 19dBi, and add it to your router on
>> full blast this could potentially push you over the 1 Watt limit. It has
>> been my experience, that while it is illegal to go over one watt; there
>> seems to be no one checking. I used to have 3 Watts coming out of my router
>> at home, and it worked great, and I could use it faaaar from the house.
>> If you put it on the router side you will get great signal, it will be
>> faster on the download this way, but I suspect your connection is
>> asynchronous with the downloads 5X faster than uploads.
>> > Date: Sun, 3 Nov 2013 01:39:23 -0500
>> > From: unsolicited at swiz.ca
>> > To: kwlug-disc at kwlug.org
>> > Subject: [kwlug-disc] Joining wi-fi's?
>> >
>> > If I wanted to expand the geographical coverage area of my wi-fi, how
>> do
>> > I go about doing that?
>> >
>> > Just acquire a second AP, use an identical SSID, and just get on with
>> my
>> > day?
>> >
>> > What are the terms used for this sort of thing / what would my google
>> > search be?
>> >
>> > Thanks.
>> >
>> >
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