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Uber Geek

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  #2521587 12-Jul-2020 20:47
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use a switch from the wall plate then plug the access point into that.

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  #2521588 12-Jul-2020 20:51
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Single chain WiFi = slow. Lines up with 100 Mb ethernet.


If you want to try the Edimax, there's one on Trademe for $40. Not clear if the four physical ports definitely work when in AP mode though, you would need to double check first. It seems that device can be used as either an AP or router, and those ports may only work in router mode. The discontinued Apple Airport range used to do what you want in AP mode.


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  #2521626 13-Jul-2020 07:28
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I would have thought there would have been a number of “all-in-one” (i.e. router/AP/switch) units that can be made to work this way. I have a stack of old routers running Tomato firmware which can. The difficulty I expect is that most home routers wouldn’t have been designed with this particular use in mind. Many/most would probably work by turning off the DHCP server, setting a new IP for the LAN interface, and not using the WAN interface. But, I can’t recommend a specific model, because I haven’t tested them this way.

You will probably get better coverage and more reliable WiFi performance with a dedicated AP, and could combine that with a separate switch as above. If that solution is too messy, then you could search the forums here for people who have turned a spare router into a second AP, which would give an indication of what works.

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  #2521627 13-Jul-2020 07:31
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Will using a router with DHCP disabled work? Yes it will.

Will it lead to guaranteed pain at least once in the future? Almost certainly.

It's always best to use proper tools for a job rather than a hack.

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  #2521672 13-Jul-2020 09:22
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Out of the box, the EDIMAX is configured in AP mode but as previously mentioned, it would be interesting if the ethernet ports work still work when in this mode.




@peejayw has this router and used it to extend their WiFi coverage. They might be able to tell us more about it.

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  #2521676 13-Jul-2020 09:25
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Just read in the manual that it looks like ethernet could still work in AP mode (emphasis my own);




Access Point Mode


The device connects to an existing router via
Ethernet cable and provides 2.4GHz and/or 5GHz
Internet (wireless and Ethernet) access for your
network devices.

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Uber Geek

  #2521682 13-Jul-2020 09:35
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Yes the Ethernet ports still work in AP mode.

 I'm supposed to respect my elders, but it's getting harder and harder for me to find one now.


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  #2521683 13-Jul-2020 09:39
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Thanks all.

I got the one off trademe to give it a go.

Might need your help to set it up when it arrives.

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  #2522640 14-Jul-2020 11:59
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I have never had an issue using a wireless router to do exactly what you require. Just set it to a unique static IP on the same subnet as your router, disable the WAN (and optionally bridge it to the LAN - most third party firmware will let you do this to gain an extra port), turn off the DHCP server, set wifi to AP mode, and you're away.


Not as "neat" as a Unifi Pro but a hell of a lot cheaper.


Looks like the Edimax supports OpenWRT so if the stock firmware doesn't do the job, I'd try flashing that.

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  #2522671 14-Jul-2020 13:16
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My pick would be the UAP-AC-IW-PRO which will replace your wall socket and give you 3 ports one of which is PoE


Only thing is you need stuff like controllers to make it work 

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