Wireless Network Extension Overlap Glitches

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by Makosuke, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    Hoping someone here can point me in the right direction, something a fair amount of Googling hasn't thus far.

    I'm setting up a wireless network for a very small school with an unfortunately wall-heavy building. I've got two Netgear wireless routers plus a powerline ethernet extender. I want to have the two routers give coverage over the whole building, one at either end.

    This mostly works; I set up the "main" one to do the DHCP, then the secondary to use the same network name and channel. I can walk from one end of the building to the other and apart from a short hiccup when my MBP switches from one network to the other, it works perfectly.

    ...except for a desktop machine located near the midpoint. It can see both routers when I do a site survey from it, one with decent signal strength, one with miserable. And it appears to be occasionally switching from the stronger to the weaker network at random, causing its connection to drop out since the signal is too weak until it randomly decides to switch back to the stronger one.

    Is there some sort of configuration option I'm overlooking here that will prevent this from happening, or am I just asking too much of desktop/office grade wireless hardware? I'm sure if I were buying pro-level gear this wouldn't happen, but I don't have that kind of money to play around with, so I'm working with what I've got.

    Oh, and for those wondering why no "blind" repeater, I've had HORRIBLE luck getting those to work properly. WDS is another option, but that still ends up running slowly, and since a decent wired extension with a single hop possible I didn't really want to add two more routers to cover the whole building.
     
  2. shadyMedia macrumors newbie

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    Well what I would do first is fixe that first hiccup If your creating a Roaming network then both Devices need to be plugged into a Ethernet cord one way or another unless you do WDS which I would stay away from you said you have a Ethernet orver Power line adapter If so Plug the 2nd Netgear into the 2nd EOPLA and just change the Channel on the 2nd Netgear and make sure that the DHCP is shut off on the 2nd router if thats all setup right there shouldn't be any issue's as for the desktop move it around if it's a USB adapter take it out try it in a few different ports Also if you have any other computers you could test in that same area as the desktop then Prefect if everything else is working fine then you know you need a New adapter You don't really need Pro Stuff to do Things that Look pro

    Again make sure Both routers have the most current firmware on them

    I hope some of that help!
     

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