Dedicated WAP best solution?

Tp-link Tl-wr740n wireless router - 150...
November 23, 2010 at 13:34:50
Specs: Windows XP
My neighbor is generously sharing their wireless internet access with me, I have their SSID and password. I currently have a TP-Link TL-WR740N that I use to connect wirelessly to my laptops and via ethernet to my VOIP and alarm monitor. The TL-WR740N currently connects to the internet via a cable modem (I will be disconnecting this). I know the TL-WR740N can be used as a WAP but I dont want to have to bother my neighbor to set this up - do I need to physically connect this to his computer to configure it or can I do it wirelessly? Would it be easier to buy a dedicated WAP? If I do get a dedicated WAP how can I connect multiple ethernet connections to it (most WAPs I've seen only have 1 port)?
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#1
November 23, 2010 at 14:19:52
Is your neighbor aware of how much equipment you wish to connect to their router?

You will bog their wireless and internet access.

WAP needs to be wired from the router to work. You would need a wireless bridge if you wish to connect all equipment to a device in your house that in turn connects to the neighbors wireless signal. Your present router doesn't support wireless bridging from the spec sheet I read.

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November 23, 2010 at 15:15:26
Yes, my neighbor is aware of the equipment I am connecting, we are sharing the cost of the internet access. I have already wirelessly connected my wireless equipment to his network. I was really wondering if I can get a wireless access point and connect two or three devices to it via ethernet - or if my current router (TP-Link TL-WR740N) can act as a wireless access point.

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#3
November 23, 2010 at 16:24:38
If you run a wire from his router to yours, going into your routers lan port you can accomplish what you want to do.

Is this what you want to do?

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November 24, 2010 at 08:20:48
Actually I want to keep it a wireless setup so I guess I'm going to need to setup a wireless bridge as you mentioned. Can you recommend an economical wireless bridge? Do I have to physically connect the bridge to my neighbors computer in order to initially set it up or is there a way to do it wirelessly (if I get the IP settings from him)?

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#5
November 24, 2010 at 09:21:24
I don't have any recommendations but you should be able to set it up just knowing the neighbors wireless password and ssid

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November 24, 2010 at 10:07:31
Should I get a dedicated wireless AP/bridge and a switch OR use a router that has the multiple ethernet ports and can be used as a client bridge or wireless access point? It's probably cheaper to buy a router that can be adapted right?

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