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  • Merid Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    is the channel number ok what happens if there both on the same channel would it casue any problems ?

     

    thanks

     

    oh and thanks for all the help and advice its helping me alot

  • Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (49,465 points)

    If the wireless routers are close together there is a possibility of Wi-Fi interference when running on the same channel. It is always a good idea when configuring a roaming network to keep as much channel separation as possible to prevent this.

  • Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (49,465 points)

    Please see my last reply.

  • Merid Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    if you had a different name and password you would have 2 wifi connections but would the ipad not just use the other wifi or would it just use the week signal untill it went and then lock onto the 2nd wifi signal.

     

    but using a extended it would combine the strenth and never drop down ? how does it know what device to pick when one drops a signal slighty like say you lose 25% of the netgear signal would the airport fill in that 25% loss when extending the wifi ?

     

    cheers

  • Merid Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    whta is multicast rate ? its set to 2mb what does this do as it can go to 11mb ?

  • Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (49,465 points)

    The Multicast Rate option sets the threshold throughput level a wireless client must obtain in order to be "accepted" by the base station. The lower this value, theoretically, the greater number of clients that can connect, especially those at greater distances from the base station. At the opposite end, the higher this number, only those wireless clients that can achieve the higher throughput value will be able to connect.

  • Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (49,465 points)

    Ok, when configured for a roaming network, you are not extending the wireless signal of the Netgear router. Instead, you actually have (in this case two separate wireless networks that (should) be broadcasting the same Network Name and use the same security type. This would "fool" wireless clients that there is only one "extended" network to connect to.

     

    The fact that the wireless signal on both networks will be strongest near each of the wireless routers providing the signal ... and theoretically wireless devices will try to connect to the network with the strongest signal. This concept is similar to cell phone networks while driving in a car. Your cell phone will switch cell towers, as appropriate, based on signal strength.

  • Merid Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    thanks.

     

    the reason for this is my ipad can reach the netgear wifi but somtimes it losses a bar which is fine for serfing  but when this happens and i am streaming music to my amp using wifi  there can be pauses or jumps in the music i found out the drop in a slight signal can casue this so i wanted to extend the power of my wifi so that i have full wifi bars on my ipad so this should fix the jumps and pauses as if i just pick the airport wifi instead of my netgear it does not pop or jump when streaming music, well thats the theory.

     

    one more question for future ref what would i need to do if i unhooked it from the ethernet and wanted to connect just using the wifi is there anything i would need to do in the airport settings page to talk to my netger router

     

    cheers

  • Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (49,465 points)

    one more question for future ref what would i need to do if i unhooked it from the ethernet and wanted to connect just using the wifi is there anything i would need to do in the airport settings page to talk to my netger router

     

    No. Again, that is because wireless extending (via WDS) is not a ratified standard. That means most manufacturers' products are not WDS-compatible ... so it will be very unlikely that you will be able to extend the Netgear's wireless range (wirelessly) with the AirPort or vice versa.

  • Merid Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    so how would you use it if you did not have it connected to a network cable  ?

  • Merid Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    so what your saying is that i would need a router that supports WDS to extend the wifi using the airport and router instead of a cable?

     

    also i have just been reading that if you use WDS for extending your network using wifi to wifi you also have to use the same chennel on both the router and airport is this true? and that you only need to change the channel of the airport from the router if your connected using the ethernet cable ? is this also right.

     

    cheers

     

    sorry about this just learning

  • Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (49,465 points)

    Sorry, but I thought the previous one was your last question ...

     

    You can have it join another non-AirPort provided wireless network for sharing a USB printer or streaming iTunes. In this case the AirPort would be performing as a wireless client.

  • Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (49,465 points)

    so what your saying is that i would need a router that supports WDS to extend the wifi using the airport and router instead of a cable?

     

    Yes. More importantly, you would want a router from the same manufacturer that supports WDS.

     

    also i have just been reading that if you use WDS for extending your network using wifi to wifi you also have to use the same chennel on both the router and airport is this true? and that you only need to change the channel of the airport from the router if your connected using the ethernet cable ? is this also right.

     

    That is correct. Remember you are extending a network by increasing its range. You would want the entire extended network to use the same radio channel.

     

    If you connect the AirPort by wire, you are configuring the routers for a roaming network. In a roaming network you do NOT have a single extended network, but as many wireless networks as the number of wireless access points that you add. This, again, is different than a WDS. The reason that you want to use different channels is to prevent Wi-Fi interference between networks.

  • Merid Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    thanks

     

    I have set my netgear to 11 and my airport to 6.  as i dont know what my neighbours wifi channels are but i can pick up 3 other routers in my area at the most.  what about b & G mode is it best to set them to both b & g or just b as g is the older type as my router does not support n. can b & g  Slow the wifi down is it best to use b only

     

    When you mean a wirless client does that mean you can connect a ipad to it using wifi but only use it for printing and itunes music without having a ethernet cable in ? how do you set that up

     

    thanks

  • Merid Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    i mean g mode got b and g the wroung way round the g is the newer mode over b