Need help with wireless bridging

May 23, 2012 at 13:36:02
Specs: OSX 10.6
Hey All,

As my subject says I'm trying to set up a wireless bridge as part of my network and I'm having some issues. Any help/advice anyone can provide would be much appreciated! :)

I'm only assuming I need a wireless bridge setup based on what I've gathered in forums such as this, but perhaps I'm barking up the wrong tree...

Here is the setup I am trying to get to work:

Internet Modem --hard wire-- Belkin F9K1102 Router {{{fancy wifi waves}}} TP-Link TL-WR340G Router --hard wire-- CPU

I already have a working wireless/wired router (Belkin) that I use to get online. I have a CPU that can only connect to my network via hard wire in another room. Running a hard wire from my Belkin router to the CPU is NOT an option. Therefore, I would like to use my TP-Link router (which has built in WDS wireless bridge capability) as a wireless bridge and have it connect to my Belkin router and thereby the network and the internet via wifi. I will then connect my CPU to the TP-Link router via hard wire.

I've tested both routers directly and independently connected to the modem and they both work fine. The issue I have is only in trying to get the bridge between them to work. I've followed various tutorials (TP-Link website, YouTube videos, site like this one, etc.) to no avail.

I know that my Belkin router does not specifically have wireless bridge capabilities, but I'm not sure if BOTH routers having this capability is necessary for a wireless bridge to work or not.

I also have multiple screen shots of the router configuration settings for both routers which can be provided if need be.


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May 23, 2012 at 14:23:13
You only need one router to bridge.
Should be a matter of finding the ssid of the belkin on the TP, put the correct level of encryption and the wifi passphrase and that should be it.

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May 23, 2012 at 16:15:08
Hey Wanderer, thanks for the reply. You say that only one of the routers would need to have a bridge mode, which is what i thought too, but both Belkin tech support and TP-Link tech support told me BOTH needed to have bridge mode capabilities. That being said, everything I've read (along with your advice) leads me to believe that that's not the case and in fact only one router needs to bridge mode capable (not to mention the often dubious "expertise" of most companies' tech support).

That being said, it does seem quite simple as you say, just match everything up (SSID, security, etc) and you should be good to go. Now, I've already done that and from what I can tell the connection between the two routers IS successful, but I still can't access the internet through the TP-Link (bridged) router, so I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong.

If it would be helpful, I can post all settings I currently have for both routers.


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