Belkin Repeater

Hi guys,

Was hoping one of you gurus could maybe give me some advice with extending wireless range?

I've bought a Belkin Wireless G Range Extender which connects to a Buffalo Air Station Router (in repeater mode, so via wireless) in the hope of getting better connection at the other side of the house. However, it seems that none of my machines are connecting to the repeater.

The repeater is definitely associated to the router, because the MAC register tells me so. I am using WEP and have set the ID to the same on each, as well as the SSID.

How I know they aren't connecting to the repeater is by switching it off, and there is no change in connection quality (i.e. poor.)

So, my question really is, how can I tell for definite if my laptop is connected to the repeater and not the router? Also, any pointers if my laptop is not connecting to the repeater?

Thanks for your time guys, B

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I had the same problem with a D-Link DWL-G700AP set up as a repeater, to increase the signal from a Trendnet access point (TEW-510APB) and using WPA BTW. The client would connect to the Trendnet access point instead of the repeater.

I solved the problem by using a client that would didplay the MAC addresses so I could choose the repeater instead of the access point. That's the only way to tell them apart as both were on the same channel and had the same SSID.

Don't know what you mean by "the ID" though.

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Axel Hammerschmidt

Hi, thanks for the advice. Incidentally, which client did you use that displays the MAC address?

Regarding the ID, I'm not sure either now that I read it. I think I meant the WEP code was the same on both (mentioned to indicate I had checked this)

Thanks again B

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On ma, 02 apr 2007 06:20:56 GMT, wrote in alt.internet.wireless:

Some do, and many don't. If your present client doesn't, you'll have to experiment. Many, usually older clients work with other cards than the one they come with. It depends on a lot of things like the chipset used etc.

The Netgear one(s) look promising.

Try one of the early ones (for the v1) if your card has a Prism chipset:

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Or the newer one (the v2 - don't know what chipset it uses, maybe some Googling will tell you) here:

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McAfee may (still?) have (I haven't looked recently) a link for a free client. Search their site. Maybe their client will show the MAC address.

If these don't do the job, look for some more.

I use a Philips client, for their SNN6500 a/b/g card (Atheros chipset) and the client there displays the MAC addresses.


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Axel Hammerschmidt

On Sun, 01 Apr 2007 18:46:27 GMT, Bob wrote in :

Your best bet is to buy an extender from the _same_ manufacturer as your wireless access point -- otherwise you can run into compatibility problems.

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John Navas

As an alternative, if the repeater is positioned reasonably close to your computer, you could try and run a cable from the computer's ethernet connector to the RJ45 connector on the repeater. I don't think it has to be a crossed cable. But that probably depends on one or both of the connectors being auto-sensing or not.

In my case (having configured the DWL-G700AP as a repeater) this resulted in the repeater acting like a "wireless game adapter" and provided a wireless connection from the repeater to (in my case) the access point (the TEW-510APB, which in turn is connected to a router - that again was connected to an ADSL modem). Connecting to the repeater through a hub also enabled more than the one computer to get online wirelessly at the same time in this way.

This will however (probably) reduce the speed of the connection compared to if you were using a dedicated "wireless game adapter" by a factor 2 - or 4 with two computers connected in this way.

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