How to set up a wireless access point with PC

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October 5, 2010 at 08:55:48
Specs: Windows Vista, Intel dual core /2gb

I've got a laptop with a wireless card that can connect to the wireless network in the house fine. However, I can't get the wifi card working on my desktop PC. I've brought a wireless access point, and a network cable.

The idea is to connect the access point to the desktop PC and then to use this to connect to the Internet, with my laptop passing the wifi across, if that makes sense.

I don't really have any idea how to set it up so was hoping to get some help. What I've done so far is to right click the new LAN network sign that appears under the networks on my desktop PC, gone to properties, internet protocol, typed in the new IP address and have managed to login to the software for the access point. I'm stuck as to what I need to do next.

Would really appreciate any help.

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October 5, 2010 at 09:54:18
Interesting idea.

For your laptop to act as a go between you would need two wireless cards and setup routing between them. One would connect wirelessly to the wireless router. The other would be set to adhoc wireless [peer to peer] networking.
Doing this would only add complications and not address the issue properly.

You should determine why the pc wireless card has issues. Perhaps its defective?

Once you know the pc's wireless card is good but perhaps not getting a strong enough wireless signal you would run a cable from the router to the AP which would be placed as close to the pc as possible. They your pc should be able to connect to the AP and then the internet directly.

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October 6, 2010 at 04:01:55
I'm pretty sure that it is possible - someones been giving me advice on how to set it up.

Regarding my PC's wireless card, I've tried a wireless PCI card and a wireless USB stick. Neither worked. The wireless USB stick definitely works, as I'm using it on my laptop now to connect to the Internet. I don't really fancy buying a new motherboard for my machine, and I'm not sure what else could be the problem other than a hardware issue.

I thought that with the wireless access point that I've just got I can connect this directly to my desktop PC using a cable, and this can pick up the signal broadcast by my laptop and I could connect using this. Is this not possible?

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October 6, 2010 at 06:37:46
Unless your AP and Router can support wireless bridging or WDS, you can't use the wireless on your laptop alone to connect the pc to the internet. You can read about how to create a wireless adhoc network and how to use ICS by a simple web search.

Mainboards have warranties. You should start by seeing if you can do a direct cable connection to the router. If you can't then you have more serious issues to address. If the mainboard is defective it should be replaced for free.

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October 8, 2010 at 09:52:05
The Internet works through a direct cable connection so it must just be the wireless that has stopped working. As I've already bought the new Access point I would rather try and get that sorted out then have to send the motherboard away etc.

I'm pretty sure it is capable of wireless bridging. It is an Edimax EW-7209APg. (


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October 8, 2010 at 11:06:50
Then you would do this:

Station Mode (AP Client Mode)

You can connect EW-7209APg to a network device's Ethernet port and enable Station mode. It turn easily this wired network device to a wireless one without changing any configuration.

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October 10, 2010 at 05:15:31
Ah right, okay thanks. I was told by someone that I need to have it in repeater mode.

Do I need to adjust any settings on the Access Point? Or just select station mode?

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October 10, 2010 at 05:34:18
I've tried AP mode and still couldn't connect to the Internet using it...
All I did was select AP mode (couldn't see station mode), had station ad-hoc and station infrastructure, but not station mode (ap client mode), and then I clicked Apply changes, waited 30 seconds, opened a browser window and tried a site but nothing happened.

Thanks again for trying to help, any other ideas?

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October 10, 2010 at 13:48:41
The statement in my post #5 was from the AP's spec sheet.

You want to wireless bridge between the router and the ap.

You can't do ap mode since the ap is not attached to the router.

The manual makes no mention of "Station Mode (AP Client Mode)"???

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October 10, 2010 at 14:35:55
Nope don't think so.

The modes available are:

Station-Ad Hoc
AP Bridge -Point to Point
AP Bridge-Point to Multi-Point
AP Bridge-WDS
Universal Repeater

Thanks again.

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October 11, 2010 at 08:20:56
Strange how that doesn't compare with the product description per the link you provided. Nor this one either

according to the manual page 3.2.2 Wireless Setting

This Access Point supports AP, Station, Bridge, WDS and Universal Repeater modes. “AP Mode” provides pure access point function. The simplest way to build up a wireless LAN is to use “AP Mode”. “Station Mode” is used to let a network device with only wired Ethernet function to have wireless LAN communication
capability. It provides both Ad Hoc and Infrastructure modes for the “Station Mode”. With “Station-Ad Hoc mode”, it can let your network device join a wireless LAN with peer-to-peer communication. With “Station- infrastructure mode”, it can let your network device join a wireless LAN through an access point. “AP Bridge Mode” provides the function to bridge more than 2 wired Ethernet networks together by wireless LAN.

Station mode describes what you wish to accomplish.

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October 13, 2010 at 04:01:09
Thanks again wanderer.

I've taken a print screen showing the available modes. Any idea which one would be station mode?



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October 13, 2010 at 08:22:21
From the spec sheet
"With “Station-Ad Hoc mode”, it can let your network device join a wireless LAN with peer-to-peer communication. "

it looks like ad-hoc is what you want.

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October 13, 2010 at 12:42:08
Okay thanks again. I've selected this option but still can't seem to get the Internet working. I've taken another screenshot showing this page with some of the other settings if it helps.
Screenshot 2


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October 13, 2010 at 12:51:26
what happens when you select "select site survey"? Do you see your wireless router?

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October 14, 2010 at 09:18:57
Yeah I see a list of wireless routers, and see the one in my house, tried selecting it and clicked on connect but it says "Connect failed".

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October 14, 2010 at 09:31:20
There should be some sort of dialogue box that lets you put in the encryption key. What ip address is your wireless router and what ip is the edimax?

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October 15, 2010 at 09:19:57
I think that the IP of the wireless router is and the IP of the access point is the same also...

No dialogue box comes up when I try connecting.


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October 15, 2010 at 10:54:53
You can't have two devices having the same ip address. They won't be able to communicate.

glenbelt are you following the manual? Page 3.2.2 shows Station Adhoc with its settings.

This is from the manual:
"When you use this access point as a wireless station for wired network
device to have wireless capability, you have to associate it will an working
access point. Click “Select Site Survey” button, then a “Wireless Site
Survey Table” will pop up. It will list all available access points near by.
You can select one access point in the table and it will join wireless LAN
through this access point."

then it says;
Click Apply button at the bottom of the screen to save the above configurations. You can now configure
other advance sections or start using the Access Point.

Then there are advanced settings become available like setting the security on the wireless communication.

It appears that all you need to do is follow the manual. If you are having issues due to security, remove any encryption from your wireless router, get the connection working then go back and set the encryption back again.

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