Roaming wireless connection

Discussion in 'Network Routers' started by John Carter, Oct 15, 2014.

  1. John Carter

    John Carter Guest

    I have two routers cascaded - the WRT160N is 192.168.xx.1, the DHCP
    server and has SSID of tippy channel 9, and mixed wireless speed (G,or
    N). This device is located in the comm closet

    the second router WRT54G is 192.168.xx.3, not DHCP server, also has
    SSID of tippy,but on channel 4, and mixed wireless speed (G or B). This
    device is located in another part of the basement under the Master
    bedroom where the wireless signal from the comm coset is very weak -
    thus the same SSID so that I may initiate a wireless connection in the
    beroom and then move to another part of the house without dropping the
    signal by moving away from one router.I intend to conect the cable from
    the WRT160N's port 2 to a LAN port on the WRT54G (not the WAN port)

    My concern is what do I do about the wireless speeds ? I know if I
    connect at the N speed on the WRT169N, then move out of that signal
    into the WRT54G signal , what happens to the connection since the
    WRT54G can't run at N speed? Does the connection drop or does it
    remain, but changes to G speed?

    I am asking because I haven't done this yet, as it requires some cable
    stringing in some tight spaces that I don't want to do if this
    "scheme" will not be reliable.

    Any help or other suggestions.
    John Carter, Oct 15, 2014
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  2. John Carter

    Char Jackson Guest

    Assuming the xx is the same for both, they won't be cascaded. They'll both
    be on the same subnet, but that's probably what you wanted.

    BTW, 192.168.x.x are private, non-routable IP's. There's no need to replace
    numbers with xx.

    Please reconsider your channel choices, unless you live out in the country
    by yourself. The best choices are usually 1, 6, and 11.

    LAN to LAN should work, but I'm not so sure that you'll be able to roam from
    G to N and vice versa.

    I would expect it to drop, or perhaps to hang on until it's useless, but I
    don't think it'll automagically renegotiate at the other speed. I could be
    wrong. Some of the folks in alt.internet.wireless would know.

    Temporarily string your cable through the house, right on the floor, and do
    your tests that way. Much easier than running it through the tight spaces
    only to find that it doesn't work as well as you'd like.
    Char Jackson, Oct 15, 2014
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  3. John Carter

    whiskers Guest

    the WRT160N's port 2 to a LAN port on the WRT54G (not the WAN port)
    Unless they (both routers) are set to the same speed roaming won't
    be seamless. Without buying new hardware I'd suggest the following:

    a) move the N router to a more centrally located spot

    b) set both routers to G ; set one to "range extender" is possible.

    Unless you're using the N router for heavy video streaming you'll
    probably find bumping it down to G isn't too bad performance-wise.

    Also, if the N router has a swappable antenna, you could install a
    larger one and set the power level to max.

    Good luck!
    whiskers, Oct 16, 2014
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