This time, we take a look at an easier way to extend a wireless network, with devices that don't use WDS.
"How do I extend my wireless network range?" is one of the most-asked questions we get at SmallNetBuilder. The first article of this series looks at one of the primary techniques for WiFi range extension: WDS-based wireless repeating.
D-Link's business grade AP / Bridge / Client is more expensive, but also a more flexible and higher performer than its DAP-1522 consumer sibling.
Our How To for configuring Linksys' WRE54G has been popular, but sadly out of date. Reader Alan Cates provides an update that matches the latest Rev 3 series firmware.
Linksys' Wireless-G Range Expander pitches itself as a painless way to expand your wireless network's range. Unfortunately, we found it to be an interesting concept, but deliver far short of its promises.
Linksys' WRE54G Wireless-G Range Expander [reviewed here] is a WDS-based 802.11b / g repeater that Linksys says works only with its WAP54G access point and WRT54G and WRT54GS wireless routers. But with a little effort, you can get it to function with any 802.11b or g product that supports WDS-based bridging and/or repeating.