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Router configured as Wireless Access Point (WAP)

Discussion in 'Networking' started by JohnWill, Oct 5, 2007.

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  1. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator Thread Starter

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    A question came up before about using a router as a wireless access point, specifically the Belkin F5D7230-4. I attempted to use this router as a WAP, and was unsuccessful. It seems to configure fine, but I couldn't get a connection. OTOH, I dug out my ZyXEL P-330W and it happily configured as a WAP and allowed connections to my Actiontec router.

    A nice bonus was that it appeared to make very fast connections! I did a speed test from www.speakeasy.net/speedtest using that WAP and on a laptop with a similar speed processor using a Microsoft 802.11g wireless card. The laptop managed 6mbit download speed, and the ZyXEL was able to get the full bandwidth of my FiOS connection, 15mbit as a WAP. I'm quite impressed, I had no idea it would work that well! :D
     
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    Good to know. You're really talking about using it as a wireless bridge, right? That is, to extend an existing wireless network to ethernet.
     
  3. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator Thread Starter

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    Yep, that's what I'm trying to use them for. I'm going to give the Belkin one more chance. maybe I just missed something in the configuration. I was pretty pleased with the performance of the ZyXEL router. :) I'll post to the thread again if I figure out the Belkin and verify that it will work.
     
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    JohnWill Retired Moderator Thread Starter

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    No joy! I guess the Belkin just isn't going to be a wireless bridge for me. :) I fooled around with it for half an hour with every configuration that made any sense, and it never made a connection. I'm going to make sure I hang on to the ZyXEL router, since it's a dandy bridge. :)
     
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