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April 30, 2011 11:18:57 AM

Hello

See below my current configuration (#1)
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I need a 2nd access point (3rd DIR 655)
What is the best: #2 or #3?
For me, option #2 requires a switch (but I already have one) and option #3 doesn't but need more cable maybe....
But other than that, are they technically the same?

Thanks

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April 30, 2011 5:06:10 PM

I would prefer option #3
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May 1, 2011 2:20:02 PM

I could also attach the 3rd DIR 655 directly to the 2nd one, without the switch...That would simplify the cabling (minimize the length)
What do you think?
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May 1, 2011 9:01:28 PM

that will work
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May 2, 2011 9:39:35 AM

According to my layout, that option is the simplest one....I will go that way then
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May 17, 2011 4:03:58 PM

I have received my 3rd DIR 655 that I will use as a 2nd access point
I will have to set an static IP address, and this is how I realized I did the same thing for the 1st access point, but I don´t remember that address....
How can I check the IP address of that 1st access point? Can I see all the IP address of my network through the main router (DIR 655 as well) or should I use an network/IP scanner?
Thanks
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May 17, 2011 4:17:48 PM

you can use any IP that is out side the DHCP range and is not used. I usually use an IP ending in 253.

Pick an IP you would like to use and see if you can PING it. If you get no response the IP is available and you can assign it to the new router.
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May 17, 2011 4:22:38 PM

I will try ipconfigall
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May 17, 2011 4:37:02 PM

ipconfig /all will give you the IP of the computer

type the following in the RUN line in XP or WindowKey+R for Vista and 7

cmd /k ping 192.168.0.253
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May 17, 2011 7:01:39 PM

But this won't tell me the address of my 1st access point, right? It will only tell me if 253 is used or not?
Should I use a IP scanner to find out my AP addreess? Any good free software you would recommend?
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May 18, 2011 12:12:24 AM

I found it: it's 192.168.0.201
Should I take 192.168.0.202?
Why do you recommend something like 192.168.0.253?

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May 18, 2011 1:01:41 AM

202 will work

I have seen routers use 254 as a gateway IP with a DHCP rang from 1 - 253. Therefore by choosing 253 the router needs to hand out 252 IP before I run into a problem with IP 253
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May 28, 2011 12:10:03 PM

Hello
I'm going to install my 2nd access point (DIR655), but first I wanted to check the strength of the wifi signal in my house
I'm using Xirrus Wifi Inspector to see where are the strong areas, and find the weak areas to know where to locate best my 2nd access point
Using Xirrus, I can see my main router, and the Network Mode in Xirrus indicates "802.11n"....Perfect
But I also see my 1st access point (a 2nd DIR655 router configured as AP) and Xirrus indicates this time "Unknown 802.11g" in the Network mode field.....
Why "Unknown", and more important why "g" and not "n"?
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