Networking with a Wireless Access Point

September 2, 2010 at 20:45:08
Specs: cross platform
Hi guys,

I have a question regarding a WAP. I would like to know if I can get it connect to a wireless router kind of like a bridge. I would like to connect various computers and print servers to a switch via ethernet, then connect an ethernet cable from the switch to the WAP, then from there I would connect to a wireless router which is directly connected to my cable internet and has other devices connecting to it via ethernet. Is this possible? If not what are my options? The end game here is getting all my wired devices on one side of the house to communicate with other wired devices on the other side of the house without running a cable from one side to the other. The reason I want to use a WAP, is because it will keep everything on the same network unlike a bridge. This is my understanding of the technology and I am probably wrong, so if someone can point me in the right direction I would be forever grateful.
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#1
September 2, 2010 at 23:34:48
The easiest way is, to have 2 wireless routers, the main router that is connected to the internet, and another SOHO router, that supports repeater mode.
Running the second router in repeater mode, it can connect to the main router like an ordinary computer, by configuring SSID to connect to and the encryption type and key.

In this scenario, the router running in repeater mode, communicates with the main router as well as with the client computers. It creates no additional wireless network.
It's also regardless, to which router the client computers are wirelessly connected to.

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#2
September 3, 2010 at 00:12:56
Thanks for the reply.
Your solution makes perfect sense, would you happen to know if the new Linksys Wireless-N Broadband Router WRT160N, will work as a repeater? If so I plan on getting 2 of them to increase compatibility. I am familiar with the router to router setup, disabling dhcp, turning off dns, firewall, etc.

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#3
September 3, 2010 at 01:17:48
Look at this:
http://bc.whirlpool.net.au/bc/hardw...

Depending on the revision of the router, there is alternative firmware awailable, that enables the router to support repeater mode, just like DD-WRT or TOMATO.

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