Question about D-Link Xtreme N DIR-655 Wireless Router

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Work as acsess point

Dir-635 as acsess point dir -655 as n router

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  • amgadwadea May 30, 2009

    thanks for your fast reply, my question is, how to link Dir-635 (as Accsess Poin) wireless with Dir-655, because the distance between them around 500m open air.

    thanks,

    regards,

    amgad

  • amgadwadea May 30, 2009

    thanks, so much for your assistance, i'll come back soon

    regards,

    amgad

  • amgadwadea Jun 20, 2009

    Sorry for delay in my feed back , because I was abroad, finally I success to convert my Dir-655 to bridge mode with an old firmware, so now I have two devices model Dir-655, how can i configure them as Bridge mode & AP, i need a favor could you please explain to me in simply way because I’m new and not professional in this field

  • amgadwadea Jun 21, 2009

    good morning, firmware 1.03

  • Carl Navarro
    Carl Navarro May 11, 2010

    if m stands for meters, then what do you think? A consumer grade router without detachable antennas, and 1500 feet? Try my favorite website and look to get high-power access points and external antennas. www.tplink.com is a starter place. http://www.radiolabs.com/products/wirele... gets you long range and power. In fact, use a search engine and put in "long range wireless access point" as a search and you can find a lot more equipment.



    On the more reasonable side, a pair of TP-Link 601's and directional antennas should make the hop. About $300 the pair, or take the Radiolabs bridge kit for $75 more.





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    Carl Navarro May 11, 2010

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Hi there,

first let's back up and get the terminology right (otherwise you will not find any information on the internet.)
Your 655 will be the Access point, because it gives access to the wired WAN (ISP, Internet, etc.), or 'outside world".
Your 635 will be called a Bridge, because it bridges the connection from the access point to other wired or wireless clients inside your own network.

If this mode is accessible for you depends on the firmware you have installed. Look at this posting.

Your D-Link 635 is unfortunately not compatible with other firmware, which would be necessary to convert it into a bridge. (See here)

Sorry - but that's the reason why so many people get a Linksys or Buffalo router.

Also - the distance of 500 meters (open air or not) requires an increased transmitting power from the access point (655) and you will have to use different antennas. Third-party firmware also allows you to modify the standard power settings, but you have to make sure that you stay within legal limits of the place where you set this up. If your signal interferes with someone else's, you might get into trouble or even get a fine.

If you have any more questions, just come back here and leave a comment - I'm happy to help.

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