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Wannabe Geek

Topic # 15281 14-Aug-2007 02:52
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The current setup at my house is a wireless router is sharing the internet to two computers one wired one wireless, and to a mac and xbox via internet connection sharing.
What i am doing is moving up to the back of my house in a shed and what i was planning on doing instead of buying wireless cards for my xbox and mac  is buying an access poont and a switch so that the access point connects wirelessly to the internet and it shares it to the switch via cable prvoding e with internet access for my two computers and xbox. I was just checking too see if this setup would work.
Thank you (Sorry about the long sentences).

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  Reply # 82740 17-Aug-2007 17:38
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You need a bridge, or another access point that can act as a bridge. If you have an access point that can take the openwrt firmware then you are lucky, because it can be a bridge and an access point at the same time (repeater)

There are also standalone wireless range extenders that let you use the Ethernet port as a bridge as well. But since bridging uses WDS and not associating each mac address you will have issues if you move a computer from one end of the bridge to the other unless you use spanning tree protocol or power cycle things when you move laptops around.

Client mode is iffy, especially when you put more then one computer behind it since they do mac address spoofing so that they only have one association to the access point that it connects to. This means that you will get different IPs assigned depending on if the dhcp request goes out via the client device or direct to the main router. This also means that when you move between the access points then arp caches have to age before they will communicate again.

I tried client mode for a while and gave up with its inability to work properly.

Now I have a few access points with openwrt on them configured as a mesh and it all works just fine.


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Reply # 82750 17-Aug-2007 18:59
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Thank you for that. i was thinking of trying another way which is just get another wireless router and connect it wirelesly to the main router and sharing the internet that way.
Thank you.

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