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

Joe Wennechuk youcanreachmehere at hotmail.com
Mon Nov 4 15:14:54 EST 2013


This sounds like WDS?

Date: Mon, 4 Nov 2013 13:01:31 -0500
From: crankyoldbugger at gmail.com
To: kwlug-disc at kwlug.org
Subject: Re: [kwlug-disc] Joining wi-fi's?

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: MyNetworkNameNew 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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