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Author Topic: can I daisy chain D-Link Range Extenders  (Read 2462 times)

wired1979

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can I daisy chain D-Link Range Extenders
« on: December 12, 2017, 12:19:59 PM »

At a location with limited cabling, I've had to set up WiFi signal extenders to cover the whole area.
Is it possible to daisy-chain range extenders?  Would look like this:

Internet - DIR-880L Router  <---->  DAP-1720 Extender 1  <--->  DAP-1720 Extender 2
                        |                                                                              |
                PC (ethernet)                                                             WiFi device

Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
thanks
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Re: can I daisy chain D-Link Range Extenders
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2017, 12:30:12 PM »

You can but not recommended. Using extenders will cut your bandwidth down. You will never get the same bandwidth as the router.

You can gain more if you use say 5.0 band from router to first extender, then 2.4 band from extender to extender.
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Re: can I daisy chain D-Link Range Extenders
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2017, 12:54:09 PM »

You might try one of these configuration suggestions as well:
Internet - DIR-880L Router  <Power Line adapter> 110v <Power Line adapter>  DAP-1720 AP mode 1
                        |                                                                                                    |
                PC (ethernet)                                                                                  WiFi device

or

Internet - DIR-880L Router  <---->  LAN cable  <--->  DAP-1720 AP mode 1
                        |                                                                              |
                PC (ethernet)                                                             WiFi device
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Re: can I daisy chain D-Link Range Extenders
« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2017, 05:30:38 AM »

You might try one of these configuration suggestions as well:
Internet - DIR-880L Router  <Power Line adapter> 110v <Power Line adapter>  DAP-1720 AP mode 1
                        |                                                                                                    |
                PC (ethernet)                                                                                  WiFi device

or

Internet - DIR-880L Router  <---->  LAN cable  <--->  DAP-1720 AP mode 1
                        |                                                                              |
                PC (ethernet)                                                             WiFi device

unfortunately, no power lines or ethernet cables can be used.  we are jumping from one building to building.  must be all wireless.
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wired1979

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Re: can I daisy chain D-Link Range Extenders
« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2017, 05:31:41 AM »

You can but not recommended. Using extenders will cut your bandwidth down. You will never get the same bandwidth as the router.

You can gain more if you use say 5.0 band from router to first extender, then 2.4 band from extender to extender.

any special config to worry about?  static IPs or gateway considerations?
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Re: can I daisy chain D-Link Range Extenders
« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2017, 06:52:32 AM »

Going building to building you will need higher-end access points. Home repeaters like the 1720 will not have the distance or performance.

How far apart are the buildings?

A couple options:

network --- router --- access point (bridge mode)    ) ) )      ( ( (  access point (bridge mode) --- switch ---  network
                    |
                 internet



                                      or


network --- router --- access point (client mode)  ) ) )   ( ( (  access point (AP mode)  ) ) ) )   wireless clients
                     |
                 internet


Definitely use static IPs
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wired1979

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Re: can I daisy chain D-Link Range Extenders
« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2017, 05:43:06 AM »

Going building to building you will need higher-end access points. Home repeaters like the 1720 will not have the distance or performance.

How far apart are the buildings?

A couple options:

network --- router --- access point (bridge mode)    ) ) )      ( ( (  access point (bridge mode) --- switch ---  network
                    |
                 internet



                                      or


network --- router --- access point (client mode)  ) ) )   ( ( (  access point (AP mode)  ) ) ) )   wireless clients
                     |
                 internet


Definitely use static IPs

buildings are 60 feet apart.
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Re: can I daisy chain D-Link Range Extenders
« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2017, 11:07:58 AM »

You would be better served with more robust APs if your wanting to use wireless.

Any chance of running LAN cable between the buildings? Or is the ground topped with concrete or pavement?
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Re: can I daisy chain D-Link Range Extenders
« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2017, 05:14:33 AM »

You would be better served with more robust APs if your wanting to use wireless.

Any chance of running LAN cable between the buildings? Or is the ground topped with concrete or pavement?

lan cable is not viable, must be wireless.  I will not be needing high speed throughput, the furthest extender will be used for a camera only.
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Re: can I daisy chain D-Link Range Extenders
« Reply #9 on: December 15, 2017, 09:10:43 AM »

Then I recommend testing the Client AP mode at the local site and a Wireless Bridge mode Client at the remote site configuration and see how it works for you.
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