Another WIFI Bridge Question, but hear me out

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August 14, 2009 at 19:29:11
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Howdy folks... I've searched this and other forums, but haven't seen anybody trying to do exactly what I'd like to do. Here goes...

I'm using my landlord's wifi (with permission). They live upstairs. It's a wireless G connection, on a Belkin 54G router. I have a desktop server machine (running linux) and a couple of laptops, all connected to the Belkin router. This is OK, but I'd like to set up a wireless N connection between the laptops and the server, and be able to communicate between laptops and server at N-speeds, while still being able to access the internet. I don't have any physical access to their router.

The setup I think I would like (and this is where i need advice...) is to have a wireless N router of my own, and bridge that router wirelessly to the Belkin router in my landlord's apartment. I'd then connect the server to this new router via ethernet, and connect the laptops to it via the speedy wireless N connection.

There are probably several ways to go about this, and I haven't bought any hardware yet so I 'm totally open to suggestions. If any machine were to have to have 2 NICs, i'd like it to be the desktop..


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August 14, 2009 at 23:30:18
You would need a N Router which could take the Wireless signal from the Landlords WiFi Router, this is stated as Wireless Bridging I believe.

Then if your PC/Laptop connected to this you would have a N Lan, providing they all had N adaptors.

In conclusion you will ned 3 N WiFI Adaptors and a N Router, is it worth it ???

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August 15, 2009 at 00:26:05
Haha, probably not. Actually, the idea I've been kicking around for a couple of hours is to setup the wireless N router, which the laptops would connect to, connect it to the server over ethernet, and leave the server connected to the landlord's wifi. That way couldn't I just share the internet connection out through the ethernet?

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August 15, 2009 at 06:58:49
Yes, ICS on the server would do, but you would need a 10/100/1000 Network Card and also the N Router to accept the 1000 speed, though in real terms you would be hard pushed to utilise that speed.......

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August 15, 2009 at 10:56:38
Yeah, speed is an issue with wireless for sure. I was bummed last night when I discovered that wireless N is still in the draft stages, and from what I've read, does not really offer all that much of a boost in terms of speed. Certainly not enough to saturate a gigabit connection. All I really want it for is running backups and streaming videos, maybe running virtual machines over the network. For now I'm going to stick with what I have, but if/when gigabit wireless does become common, I think i'll try and setup the gateway.

Thanks for the dialogue, it helps to have a 2nd opinion.


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