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Help: Setting up wireless bridge.

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  1. cheesysocks

    cheesysocks Thread Starter

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    Hi guys!

    I need to figure out a network setup for my house between modem connected to one wireless bridge connected to another wireless router connected to wired router.
    The reason why I decided to make this evil setup is due to insufficient range between my wireless router and desktop pc upstairs. However, in the room next to it I have a very good wireless signal and a possibility to bridge it to wired network installed in my house. But in order to do it I guess I need to bridge that wireless signal via wireless router or bridge to wired network. Any suggestions and setup guidelines how to arrange that?

    Here is my equipment.

    Modem: Cisco EPC 3000
    Wireless bridge: D-link DAP-1522 (can't access router menu via web page by typing in the default ip, any suggestions what can be causing it?)
    Wireless router: Belkin N1 f5d8231-4 ver.2011yy
    Router: some basic D-link 4 lan port router

    Thank you!
     
  2. TerryNet

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    Your description sounds a bit scrambled; here's is what I think you are trying for ...

    modem -> Belkin router -> DAP-1522 -> D-Link router -> PC, where the connection between the Belkin and the DAP-1522 is via Wi-Fi and the other connections are ethernet.

    Correct?

    What router menu (the DAP-1522 is not a router)? If you can't access the DAP-1522 by its default IP address maybe it was changed. Reset it to factory default settings and try again.
     
  3. cheesysocks

    cheesysocks Thread Starter

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    Correct! unless the wireless bridge which is DAP-1522 needs to go before the wireless router which is Belkin.
    So how do I set up this combo to work?
     
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    Do you have any of that working? Especially modem -> Belkin -> computer connected by Wi-Fi?
     
  5. cheesysocks

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    Yep, everything works: modem, Belkin and D-link! Now just to establish wireless connection between Belkin and D-link, which i dont know how...?
     
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    First step is to connect a computer directly to the DAP-1522 and configure it properly in Wireless Bridge (or AP Client) mode. Study the user manual closely, as setup can be tricky. Then make sure that you can get an IP configuration assigned to a computer connected to the DAP-1522's ethernet.

    The next step is then to decide whether you want to use the D-Link wired router. If you do, where (by the DAP-1522 or in your room?) and how (as a router or just as an ethernet switch?)?
     
  7. cheesysocks

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    Okay i followed ur advice and went through the user manual for DAP-1522. Moreover, browsing the inet for the login to the DAP-1522 setup utility also generated a solution to the problem.
    In order to get access to the DAP-1522 setup menu's, it needs manual ip configuration on the PC to anything but the default DAP-1522 ip adress!!! I went with 192.168.0.22 and it worked, strangely but worked! Especially since its not mentioned in the manual... :s so hope it helps in the future to the others in need.
    From there it was quite easy, just followed the guidelines in the manual for setting up DAP-1522 in a bridge mode...
    So my installation now looks like this: Modem -> wireless router (Belkin N1) -> wireless bridge (DAP-1522) -> PC and Ethernet router (D-link) which leads to other PCs in the house.
    However, I'm not 100% fully satisfied, since I lost some of the internet connection speed!
    Here is my speednet results:
    A. When directly connected to the modem, my speed is almost DL: 110mb/s, UL: 5mb/s
    B. When connected via ethernet cable to Belkin N1, I have a very slim connection loss and its still around DL: 100mb/s, UL: 5mb/s.
    C. when wired to laptop from the bridge - [​IMG]
    D. when using laptop wireless connection to connect to the bridge - [​IMG]
    E. and the desktop PC that is connected via ethernet router which is last in the chain shows DL: 7mb/s, UL: 5mb/s
    How can I improve these numbers? especially the wireless connection from laptop to the bridge which is just a meter away in the same room no obstacles?
     
  8. TerryNet

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    Extremely poor manual IMO. Others that I have looked at clearly state how to access the device. I now find that yours does only in the Troubleshooting section and in a way that would be of no help to a great number of people: "Your computer must be on the same IP subnet to connect to the web-based utility." :(

    Two possible explanations for the 63 Mbps speed you show.
    a. If the laptop's ethernet is 10/100 Mbps that's about the fastest it can handle.
    b. I don't know what to expect as maximum actual data throughput with 802.11n.

    I think your bigger worries by far are what happens after the bridge. There seem to be extremely serious problems with cable(s) and/or that other router.
     
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