Pulling in apartment wifi network to router

January 17, 2011 at 15:56:49
Specs: Macintosh
My apartment complex offers wifi which is included in our Housing association fees. I have no problem connecting on any of my computers. My problem is that I would like to have a seperate network within my apartment so I can share files btw my computers and PS3, which I cannot do on the public network. The only security is a splash screen. I guess basically what I would like to do is pull the public wifi connection into an encore repeater I have, and then connect that to my belkin wireless router to distribute the signal. Is this actually possible? I tried using the repeater function but my knowledge is pretty limited so I'm assuming I set it up wrong. Thanks in advance for any help.

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#1
January 17, 2011 at 16:10:27
If you want you computers to connect by wireless you are going to need two of them, one to capture the apartments network and the other to distribute to your network. A single router cannot do both. A repeater will just leave you on the same network as the apartment.

The first router needs to be capable of client mode. This reverses the send and receive frequencies within a particular channel. Configure the router for the apartment network IP range with DHCP turned off.

The second router should be connected by wire. A cable from one of the first routers LAN ports to the WAN port of the second router. You should configure the DHCP in that router with a sub net different from that of the apartment. You should then be able to connect by wireless to the second router.

If you are happy to connect your computers by wire, a single router will do it. In that case you need to enable DHCP and NAT in the first router but you will not be able to connect to it via wireless as it will be in client mode, not host mode which is the normal configuration for a router.

Stuart


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#2
January 17, 2011 at 16:29:56
Thanks for the reply stuart. So I have an encore repeater/router. I also have a Belkin wireless router. So if I understand correctly I would need to use the encore in the router mode, set as a client. That will pull in the public network. Then I would connect the encore to the belkin wire with an ethernet cable? Does that seem right? I'm pretty new to all of this. Ideally I need the encore router to pull in the wireless signal, then connect to the belkin router and have that as a seperate network within my apartment that distributes the public wireless signal and allows me to share files between computers. I dont really know what you mean when you say configure the DHCP with a different subnet than the network. Can this just be any subnet number? Thanks again for your help.

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#3
January 17, 2011 at 16:40:53
For the subnet you need to know what the apartment network is using at the moment. You can find that out by doing ipconfig /all from a command prompt. It will probably be in the range 192.168.xx.yy

When you come to configure the second router you need to set the DHCP range to 192.168.xx.yy. xx can being anything between 0 and 254 but different from the equivalent number in the apartments network. If it were the same you would still be on the same network. NAT, or Network Address Translation in the router will take care of the translation between the apartments network and your network.

Stuart


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#4
January 17, 2011 at 18:32:23
Probably neither of your routers have a client mode. They are not a normally used function. Also may be known as bridging mode. Check you manuals carefully.

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#5
January 17, 2011 at 18:54:41
This is true. Client or bridging mode is not all that common. I have a Belkin router that does have a client/bridging mode so you may have to make the Belkin the first router and use the Encore on your own network.

There is no substitute for reading the manual but you have to be able to understand what you are reading.

Stuart


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