Wireless bridge

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Wireless bridges
My office runs a normal LAN. The company has recently purchased the building next door, and we want to extend the LAN into this building using a wireless link. To achieve this, we have purchased 2 Netgear WPN802 wireless access points. The Netgear website has a step by step guide to configuring the WPN802 in repeat mode to allow a network to be extended wirelessly, http://kbserver.netgear.com/kb_web_files/n101549.asp The problem is that when the two are cumminucating in repeater mode, the speed is extremely slow. We have done a throughput test, and the results show speeds of 10kps. If the router is taken out of repeater mode, and used as a normal access point, then the same throughput test gives a much better result, around 2Mbps. Any ideas why this is?

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I’m a little surprised to see that much degradation, but it’s normal to experience significant loss of throughput when you use repeater mode. Remember everything is functioning as a hub. The root AP has to handle all of its normal traffic as well as all traffic from the repeater. Collisions scale rapidly.
A more appropriate technology for what you want to do is a pair of wireless bridges. These are often used to connect two wired LANs with a wireless link. Take a look at this link: http://www.wi-fiplanet.com/tutorials/article.php/1563991
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