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I have a actiontec Wireless N ADSL Modem Router & netgear n600 wndr3400v2 ro

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August 26, 2012 10:44:45 PM

I have a actiontec Wireless N ADSL Modem/Router Model# GT784WN & netgear n600 wndr3400v2 router that I would like to setup as a Wireless Repeater. I can not seem to get the netgear n600 set up. please help.
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August 26, 2012 11:47:01 PM

Problem is, the Netgear uses WDS ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wireless_distribution_syst... ) as it's repeating protocol. WDS is NOT a wifi-certified protocol, and therefore implementations vary, making incompatibilities very common. So common in fact that unless you're dealing w/ the same manufacturer on all WDS-enabled devices, it's highly unlikely to work. Sometimes it won't even work across product lines of the same manufacturer!

Unfortunately the manufacturers don’t like to mention this because they never like admitting they’re using proprietary or non-standard protocols. A few will allude to it in their documentation, perhaps saying “we only guarantee repeating w/ the same make and model of device” without ever saying exactly why that is. Others say absolutely nothing and leave you to spend countless hours trying to make it work, in vain.

Still, as I usually tell ppl, you can always try. WDS bridging/repeating is a fairly simply configuration, but if it doesn’t work within the first hour or two, it’s probably just incompatible.

Even if it did work, many times it will only support no wireless security, or at most WEP! In the case of your Netgear, it actually says that specifically on page 79 of the manual. So why bother anyway?!

http://www.downloads.netgear.com/files/GDC/WNDR3400V2/W...

That’s why many manufacturers have turned to universal repeating which is based on the wifi-certified protocols of B/G/N.

What you might want to do is check the dd-wrt (third party firmware) database and see if your router is supported. dd-wrt supports both WDS and universal repeating.

http://www.dd-wrt.com/site/support/router-database
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