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Rickles

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#62611 10-Jun-2010 16:42
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Hi people, wondering if someone can help me with a wifi matter.

I have a wifi access point which is connected by cable to my primary wifi/internet router. This works perfectly fine in 'Access Point" mode, and by having two separate SSID names and passwords I effectively have two different wifi networks running.

What I would like to do is have the two wifi components talk to each other wirelessly ("bridge"?), so that I can have the access point in a more remote location, which then would connect to another computer by cable.

I see that the access point has other modes such as - AP Client; Wireless Bridge; Multiple Bridge; and Repeat Mode, but none seem to work for me when I connect the access point to another computer.

Both AP Client and Repeat Modes allow for a scan of the 'Remote AP SSID' and pick up my wifi router with its correct SSID, channel, and password no problem. The primary wifi/internet router also sees the access point as an attached device.

For the trials I have MAC turned off on both units, but either nothing happens or access to the access point freezes.

Any comments, views, opinions would be most welcome.

Cheers,

R.


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raytaylor
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  #340717 11-Jun-2010 17:24
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Is the main router, and the access point both of the same brand?

Bridging and repeating generally only works with devices of the same brand, because of the brand specific additions to the wifi protocol that they have added on.




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  #340720 11-Jun-2010 17:31
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Hi Ray,

No, they are different brands ... I have heard that comment about compatability of brands, but most comment seemed to apply to older units (2004 and before).

I thought maybe the security settings were not matching properly but even with those turned off on both units it's still no go.

I used the term 'bridge' but the more I read essentially it's 'point-to-point' that I want to achieve.

Thanks for your comment,

R.

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  #340739 11-Jun-2010 18:03
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Because many are just rebadging a generic product - a factory in china can be making 10 different brands of access point, which all have the same insides. This means there is more compatibility between brands but its generally not the case with the big ones like d-link, tp-link and cisco/linksys.






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  #340741 11-Jun-2010 18:07
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Ray,

My root wifi-router is Netgear and the Access Point is LevelOne ... probably worlds apart.

R.

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  #340746 11-Jun-2010 18:26
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I would suggest going with ethernet to powerline converters. Then plug your access point at the remote end into it. Set your SSID to be the same, on different channels, and same security and your computers can seamlessly roam between them.

the powerline adapters generally also run faster than wifi - an accesspoint with good signal transmitting or recieving at 54mbit is really only doing 22mbit since half of it is 802.11 protocol overhead.

Otherwise try and get the same model of AP - i have never trusted netgear bridging and do it that way.




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