AP versus Bridge versus Router

April 20, 2009 at 18:21:34
Specs: Linux i686
I have a problem which I am hoping to have you guys (and gals) provide some guidance.

I have CAT5 running through the house, all terminate in the basement. I have a DSL modem in the basement connected to a small router. The problem is that I want to 'blanket my house' in wireless so I can use my Archos 605 wireless uPnP to watch movies located on my computer in another part of the house.

With the wireless router in the basement, I can't get a decent signal anywhere in the house.

I've tried various things, but with limited success. In my mind, what I really want is a "wireless antennae" that I can connect via CAT5 (the only cable I have running upstairs) and place it on the second floor.

So, I thought I needed an Access Point, so I bought the DAP-1522 but it doesn't do what I wanted it to do. It acts as a wireless hub of sorts.

I don't know what I need to make this work... any suggestions on some sort of transmitter or repeater of some sort I can wire to my network to boost the range? Can the DAP-1522 act as a transmitter or something?


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April 20, 2009 at 21:31:05
Why do you have the router in the basement ??

Describe the whole setup more, like how many wired pcs are connected to the router, are you sure you set the access ponit up correct?

An access point is essentially a repeater with a few added things.

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April 21, 2009 at 05:57:48
Router is in the basement simply because that is where all of the CAT5 cables that run through the house terminate. I have 3 kids + wife, each with their own computers, I have a few devices myself (main computer, home fileserver, Xbox 360, etc) so in total we probably have 8 active devices on the network. All of those cables end up next to my electrical panel in the basement.

So, what I have done is hook them all up to a switch, then the switch to the router, router to the modem.

I initially tried to put the DSL modem with the the router upstairs and use the single cat5 to connect the router to the switch. The problem is that I have a DSL modem, but I use a Cable home phone, so the rj45's upstairs lead to the cable/phone device not the telco. :(

That's what's led me to the point of what I think I need being a way to boost the signal using the existing CAT5 wiring upstairs. However, since I barely have a clue about what I am talking about... here I am, asking you guys. :)

With respect to the AP, it is functioning as a 'wireless hub' now, and I know its working as a 'wireless hub' because last night I moved the router upstairs and used the CAT5 from upstairs to connect the Router to the modem.

Then I used the AP to wirelessly connect to the router, then plugged the switch in the basement to the AP. Effectively, the entire load of the network is going through the AP wirelessly to the router. Works, but I presume you guys are cringing collectively as you read this.


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