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Connecting wireless router to wireless access point

Discussion in 'Networking' started by cono07, Dec 12, 2011.

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  1. cono07

    cono07 Thread Starter

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    Hi all

    This is my first post and I would like some advice and for someone to tell me if what I want to do is indeed possible.
    I would like to connect a wireless access point (placed upstairs) to my wireless belkin router (placed in downstairs living room). I want to place the wireless access point upstairs then connect a switch to this with an ethernet cable. I will then be connecting a blu-ray player, tv and xbox console via the switch to the wireless access point. I'm hoping this will also increase the wireless signal in the attic which would be a bonus but not hugely important. I want to connect everything upstairs wirelessly because trailing a long ethernet cable through the house isn't possible, which is why i'm thinking of this set up. I'm thinking of using either the TP-Link TL-WA801ND or the Edimax EW-7416APN because these seem reasonably priced with good reviews.

    If any one can tell me if this sounds correct and if it will work before I go out and buy the gear that would be great. Many thanks for any help in advance!
     
  2. TerryNet

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    Sounds like you want a Wireless Bridge (or AP Client). If you get a decent signal in the desired location and the WAP includes Wireless Bridge mode it should work fine. I use one (now discontinued, so I won't recommend it) myself for a camera whose integrated wireless no longer works.

    That requires Repeater (or Range Extender) mode. If the WAP includes Wireless Bridge mode it will (I'm pretty sure) also include this mode. I understand that some units can do both jobs (wireless bridge and repeater) at the same time.

    I didn't look at the specs or manuals for the units you mentioned; just indicating what you should be looking for.
     
  3. cono07

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    Thanks TerryNet for the reply.

    The edimax unit states it:

    • Supports point-to-point and point-to-multi point bridge function
    • Supports WDS (Wireless Distributed System) repeater mode
    • Supports Universal Repeater mode
    • Supports AP Client mode
    And the TP-Link states it:

    • Supports AP Client,
    • Bridge,
    • Repeater and AP operation modes to enable various wireless applications


    So it would seem that either of these units should work fine in the setup I described if I use the bridge or AP client mode. As for the signal strength in the attic, that isn't really a priority so it doesn't matter if it doesn't improve.



    Thanks very much for your help :)
     
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    You're welcome. :) Either should work fine; let us know how it comes out.
     
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