After upgrading I now have 2 wi-fi access points - Can I use both?

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  1. Arawak

    Arawak Guest

    I now have 2 SMC wi-fi access points - Can I use the 902.11b 1ith the
    "g" model for anything in my 2 level townhouse?
    Thanks
    Arawak
     
    Arawak, May 31, 2004
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    one_red_eye Guest

    "Arawak" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > I now have 2 SMC wi-fi access points - Can I use the 902.11b 1ith the
    > "g" model for anything in my 2 level townhouse?
    > Thanks
    > Arawak


    Is "902.11" a new standard or do you mean "802.11"?

    If you have a "g" access point, "b" and "g" adapters will connect to it. I'd
    recommend using a wireless security policy so your neighbors don't hack your
    computers.

    --
    Despite the high cost of living,
    it remains popular.
     
    one_red_eye, Jun 1, 2004
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  3. Re: After upgrading I now have 2 wi-fi access points - Can I useboth?

    Arawak wrote:

    > I now have 2 SMC wi-fi access points - Can I use the 902.11b 1ith the
    > "g" model for anything in my 2 level townhouse?
    > Thanks
    > Arawak


    Sure, depends on how you want to set up your network. But one AP in the
    upstairs, one downstairs may be a good way to go. If the main use of the
    wireless is to share broadband it won't much matter if it's b or g
    technology.

    ----AP---->Clients
    |
    --DSL/Cable--Cat5e--Router-|
    |
    ----AP---->Clients
     
    =?ISO-8859-1?Q?R=F4g=EAr?=, Jun 1, 2004
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  4. Arawak <> wrote in
    news::

    > I now have 2 SMC wi-fi access points -
    > Can I use the 902.11b 1ith the "g" model
    > for anything in my 2 level townhouse?
    > Thanks
    > Arawak



    802.11b and 802.11g together? Absolutely! "g" is the faster technology
    at 54 Mb/s and is backwards compatible with "b", but only at 11 Mb/s -
    but that's faster than most internet connections.

    I have "b" and "g" WAP's, but I get less interference from other 2.4
    Ghz devices using the "b" WAP. So, I set my "b" up in my attic, and
    wired it back down a little less than 100 feet to the router. Now, I
    get wicked speeds and signal strength all over the property with just
    the one WAP.

    You could wire yours in two different directions to get some really
    good coverage, or use one to cover an area where you get weaker signal
    strengths.

    To roam between both, you'd need to have the same SSID on all your
    wireless units. Set the Access Points to work on different channels.
    Then you will be able to seamlessly roam and your card will pick up the
    strongest signal. You need to insure that you have the latest drivers
    for the wireless cards -- and latest firmware for the access points to
    make it all a nice cohesive package/system.

    Good luck.
     
    Bucky Breeder, Jun 1, 2004
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  5. Arawak

    Arawak Guest

    On Mon, 31 May 2004 23:54:44 -0400, Rôgêr <> wrote:

    >Arawak wrote:
    >
    >> I now have 2 SMC wi-fi access points - Can I use the 902.11b 1ith the
    >> "g" model for anything in my 2 level townhouse?
    >> Thanks
    >> Arawak

    >
    >Sure, depends on how you want to set up your network. But one AP in the
    >upstairs, one downstairs may be a good way to go. If the main use of the
    >wireless is to share broadband it won't much matter if it's b or g
    >technology.
    >
    > ----AP---->Clients
    > |
    >--DSL/Cable--Cat5e--Router-|
    > |
    > ----AP---->Clients

    Thanks for the response and schematic. I am very grateful, however, I
    am not sure that I have been able to figure it out. I believe my
    SMC2804WBR Access Point is an AP/Router combo unit as well as my
    Linksys, so would I still need an additional Router (3 total)?
    I am assuming from the diagram that this configuration can only work
    if I were able to add another ethernet cable from the Cable Modem or
    the SMC AP/Router and run it upstairs (where I got confused; the Cat5e
    thing threw me off). If all this requires running a cable across my
    floor and up the stairs then it may not work since the cable would be
    too unsightly and I can't conceal it under carpet since my home is
    tiled.

    Current config:
    ---Desktop's NIC
    !
    --CABLE--Cable Modem---SMC AP/Router
    !
    ---Centrino Laptop
     
    Arawak, Jun 3, 2004
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  6. Arawak

    Arawak Guest

    On Tue, 01 Jun 2004 02:16:00 -0500, Bucky Breeder
    <> wrote:

    >Arawak <> wrote in
    >news::
    >
    >> I now have 2 SMC wi-fi access points -
    >> Can I use the 902.11b 1ith the "g" model
    >> for anything in my 2 level townhouse?
    >> Thanks
    >> Arawak

    >
    >
    >802.11b and 802.11g together? Absolutely! "g" is the faster technology
    >at 54 Mb/s and is backwards compatible with "b", but only at 11 Mb/s -
    >but that's faster than most internet connections.
    >
    >I have "b" and "g" WAP's, but I get less interference from other 2.4
    >Ghz devices using the "b" WAP. So, I set my "b" up in my attic, and
    >wired it back down a little less than 100 feet to the router. Now, I
    >get wicked speeds and signal strength all over the property with just
    >the one WAP.
    >
    >You could wire yours in two different directions to get some really
    >good coverage, or use one to cover an area where you get weaker signal
    >strengths.
    >
    >To roam between both, you'd need to have the same SSID on all your
    >wireless units. Set the Access Points to work on different channels.
    >Then you will be able to seamlessly roam and your card will pick up the
    >strongest signal. You need to insure that you have the latest drivers
    >for the wireless cards -- and latest firmware for the access points to
    >make it all a nice cohesive package/system.
    >
    >Good luck.


    Thanks also for the great explanation. I guess I would have to hire an
    network specialist or pay COX communications to come back and help me
    figure out how to do all this wiring/cabling invisibly. I had hoped to
    be able use the 2nd combo Wi-Fi AP/Router wirelessly to boost my
    signal upstairs.
     
    Arawak, Jun 3, 2004
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