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  1. Alex452

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    WEP is not secure and no longer supported. Use WPA2.
     
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    I wish I could help but this is definitely over my knowledge base.
    Were you able to get it figured out?
     
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    Using WEP can and will produce unpredictable behavior. If his routers don't have WPA2, or at least WPA, their age is another factor.
     
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    Hello, Folks
    Thanks for the response(s):D
    Actually, I am aware that WEP has cracking issues, (was not aware of stability issues though! Tell me more!) it
     
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    What, about having a long string of characters (wep) vs. a passphrase (wpa) that you can remember, is quick and easy?

    If your routers are so old that they don't use WPA/WPA2, they've likely reached EOL.

    Edit: Oh, and your SSID is broadcasting whether you have it turned on or not, AND, mac addresses are passed in plain text.

    Only distance is on your side, provided nobody sells pringles in your part of the country.
     
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    WEP is useless. It can be cracked in seconds. All your data can be mined. It's old tech and shouldn't be used. I think there's only one device that needs WEP and Nintendo makes it but I forgot what it was.

    WPA or WPA2. I would go for the latter. Nice strong password with capitals, symbols, and at least 10 digits long. No one will get in your system.

    and even if you don't broadcast your SSID, people can still pick it up just as easily as they could if you were broadcasting it.
     
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    Hello, Folks

    Once again, thank you all for your input.

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    Hey there OP, may I apologize for the group? You're quite right that lecturing you on security has nothing to do with solving your problem, and I applaud you for keeping a sense of humor about it. :shot:

    Unfortunately I don't know enough about low level radio config to help you, but you could try asking the XDA developers.

    IIRC, the actual firmware that provides the device interface to wireless comm is bundled separately -- installing a "new radio" is distinct from installing an update to the OS -- so I'm not sure how much of it is accessible to a rooted system. (Anybody feel free to correct or expand on this.)
     
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    It's been years since I set up a DD-WRT repeater, and it used to work in reverse of what you're doing (wireless between the two routers, and only wired clients could connect to the second one), but things seem to have improved. Here's an "instruction sheet" to do what you want (I think).

    @BlueBiker:
    I'm not sure if the bag is part of the nuts in it when you buy a bag of nuts. That's the situation. The radios are included in a ROM. If the update is enough of an update it's a whole ROM. The radio firmware is a separate program, but so is the graphics driver. So is the radio firmware part of the OS in an Android phone? Bag AND nuts or bag OF nuts? Modified Linux and radio firmware or modified Linux containing radio firmware?

    But it's irrelevant - that's not the OP's problem - getting DD-WRT to wired repeat to the radio is what he wants - so that his phone sees the same signal when he walks from router A's coverage area to router B's coverage area.

    (Must be lots of metal there, or my 2400 sq. ft. house is tiny by comparison. I get solid signal from corner to corner of more than half an acre.)
     
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    No, there is no setting for that in Android. If you had both AP's on the same SSID, the Note 3 would eventually switch while roaming from one AP to another. It will always look for the strongest signal, but on the same SSID. I have 7 WAP's (D-Link DAP2553) setup in my home, and a Fortigate 60C firewall, so all WiFi is handled by the AP's only. I am talking from experience.

    The only way the phone will switch from one SSID to another - is if the SSID visibility it's on becomes completely invisible to the phone and the phone sees the next SSID. It's hardly a practical solution.

    That said, I would agree with others here that your AP /Routers are so old, they're not worth the effort. You could for a few hundred dollars, change to a single unit today that would give you far greater range and throughout, something like a D-Link Wireless AC1750 Dual-Band Gigabit Router w/ AC SmartBeam. You will get speeds up to 450 Mbps easily and range that will outperform what you have now by a huge margin. And chances are that only one of these would be needed in your home. They are under $200.00 and support 2.4/ 5 GHZ simultaneously, with guest networks / all types of security/ push button WiFi access etc. I tested one here and it has insane range and throughput. I could easily replace all 7 WAP's with 3 of these and get much faster throughput.
     
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    Congrats Alex, very happy to hear of your success
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