Steve said the following on 12/22/2004 4:59 AM:
I use a WAP54G in repeater mode. I understand this is just about equivalent to a WRE54G. The WAP54G has the advantage of customizable firmware (see HyperWAP atI had problems with very weak signal strength in upstairs rooms. This caused frequent drops of internet connection.
My experience with the WAP54G has been that it didn't do magic things to my wireless network, but it did give me more reliable wireless connections and that's about it. If you're after increased speed - forget it.
The WRE54G is only compatible with WAP54G, WRT54G and WRT54GS.
When setting up the connection between router and expander, follow the directions EXACTLY. No shortcuts.
You have to experiment to find the best location for the expander. After I got everything working, I tried 4-5 places and walked around the house with a laptop each time to see which place gave the best coverage.