Solved How to extend a public access point all over my house

September 26, 2017 at 18:35:53
Specs: Windows 7, AMD Turion 2.4GHz/4GB RAM
I have a public free hotspot accessible from only a small corner of my house. I currently temporarily do not have any other means of internet access inside my house. I want to be able to connect my laptop to that wifi internet hotspot and then "share" that internet through the laptops wired NIC to my home SOHO router/AP to all my other wired devices connected to it. Also, if possible, using that same SOHO router/AP, connect any other wireless devices to my usual SSID but access the internet through the same "shared" internet the laptop is connected to.

I have already googled this topic and have come across 2 vague solutions... One was to simply share the internet connection from my laptop and the other was to bridge the wired and wireless connections on the laptop. neither of those elaborated on how to access the internet from other devices though.

So, for example, if I were to bridge (or even share) the connections on the laptop, on what port on my router/AP do I connect the Ethernet cable to from the laptop, meaning a standard open LAN port or the WAN port. I can see technically speaking the laptop is now the gateway to the internet so logically speaking the WAN port seems correct, but then it brings up the question of setting the default gateway on each of the other devices. The laptop's internet connection is technically on a different network than the rest of my devices, so how do I set the gateway? Would I re-configure the DHCP router settings to reassign the "new" default gateway (as opposed to the original when working one) of the laptops IP address?

Too many factors to consider here and I need assistance. In theory I can imagine this whole setup to work, but again just need assistance.

Thanks in advance


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#1
September 27, 2017 at 07:04:08
You're over complicating this.

If it were me and the SOHO router is capable of "bridge mode" (most are) then I would connect it to the public wifi in bridge mode and use it to extend the public wifi into your home.

You would have to use the public wifi SSID but done correctly could provide internet (both wireless and wired assuming you have multiple LAN ports on your router) to your home.

That's a whole lot simpler than sticking your laptop into the middle between public and your home.


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How charged with punishments the scroll,
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September 28, 2017 at 19:10:46
In theory I kind of understand what you are saying, but don't know exactly how to configure that. I guess with at little more info you may guide me or suggest some thing different...

My SOHO router is the one provided from my ISP (Verizon Fios normally, and property of me since I purchased it outright), so the configurations and settings may be slightly different that what I implied before. Again although the "bridged" mode you suggested may theoretically work, I would prefer to keep the same SSID and setting associated with that so I would not have to re-configure the wireless devices for a new network, but continue to keep them working as if nothing has changed, especially for my Airport Express which I do not want to reconfigure temporally, then have to re-configure again when my normal internet is back up and running. And above all the rest, just for sake of learning, I am curious as to how to get my original laptop gateway method working.


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#3
October 1, 2017 at 07:24:24
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I have a public free hotspot accessible from only a small corner of my house. I currently temporarily do not have any other means of internet access inside my house.

So, I didn't read the above statement as, "Something happened to my internet at home and I can't use it for a while. In the meantime, there is an open, public wifi available in my area that I can access and I would like to extend it to my home while my internet is out"

Regardless, I understand not wanting to reconfigure everything and then take it back to the original setup later but here's a simple trick to make life easier. Back the configuration of your router(s) up and save it with a filename like "Home_LAN_config" Then, reconfigure the router in bridge mode (for this you have to read the manual...........I have no interest in learning a piece of equipment I will never use just to tell you how to do it.....you can learn that for yourself. It's not rocket science and I'm willing to bet you can figure it out easily enough) using the public wifi SSID and connect your devices to your router.

You could even save that config as something like "Public_wifi_config" in case something ever happens to your home internet in the future.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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