Wireless Router versus USB Wireless Adapter

March 31, 2010 at 08:35:04
Specs: Windows XP

My desktop uses a wireless-N USB Adapter to receive and transmit signal to a wireless-N Router.

I want to connect a Gigabit VOIP Phone with RJ45 input/output ports to this wireless setup. The phone is not wireless. It needs to be wired between the network router and the desktop. Because my existing network setup is wireless I need to find the best way to wire the IP phone to a wireless device (router/access point).

I have found USB over ethernet adapters so that the USB wireless adapter can be wired to the phone, but I learned using an access point might be the better way make this connection versus the USB wireless adapter.

I have two spare G-routers. Can I use one of these routers as an access point and direct attach the phone to the router? If so, how do I configure the wire to work as an access point?

Thank you.

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March 31, 2010 at 09:37:51
How are you going to install the usb wireless driver in the phone?
If using a access point how are you going to configure it via the phone? Normally an AP is wired to the router. Your router, as well as the AP, will have to support wireless bridging.
Do you understand that due to wireless bandwidth overhead your ip phone's performance will be dismal?

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March 31, 2010 at 12:27:11
Thanks for your prompt reply.

I think you are correct. About a year ago I configured a spare WiFi Router as a AP for switch use, but it need to be wired to a LAN port on the primary router.

As far as the phone goes I want to wire an external wireless USB adapter direct to the phone's RJ45 input port and wire the phone RJ45 output port to the desktop NIC port. I found the USB Type A Female to Type A Female cable and USB over RJ45 Ethernet Adapter is available. The supplier of this Telephony VOIP Host PBX system is designed to have the phone wired between the network and the client computer. I figured if I can wire the external USB adapter direct to the phone then this is how the signal will be tranmitted to the phone.

The telephony system supplier (Fonality) won't guarantee, but their tech. seems to believe this will work. The phone won't know any different whether or not the received signal is direct from the primary network router of via the external USB wireless adapter. If I discover signal degradation is too significant then I can go to the expense of wiring the CAT cable.

It might be worth a try to avoid the cost of wiring a CAT line to my third floor office. Any other suggestions will be much appreaciated.


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