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Wireless Router as a wireless access point?

Discussion in 'Networking' started by vbeav, Apr 21, 2006.

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  1. vbeav

    vbeav Thread Starter

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    I just wanted to ask if it was possible to use a wireless gateway (modem and router combined) as a wireless access point. I know that I can disable DCHP on the gateway and plug in a crossover cable from my existing wireless router to the gateway and get connection like that, but I don't want to use any cables at all. Basically, I want to use it as a wireless range expanded. Since it is confusing I have drawn a picture below (please excuse the lack of artistic ability).

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    1) Is the existing Wireless router (Linksys WRT54G)
    2) Is the gateway I want to use as the access point (D-Link DSL-G604T)

    So, again, basically I want '1' to talk to '2' wirelessly, so that a laptop far from '1' will get a stronger connection.

    Thanks for any help
     
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    While some routers include a "bridge" or "WAP" mode, it appears that the D-Link DSL-G604T does not. That being said, you can't do what you are asking about.

    You could run a cable between the two routers and put them in different locations to expand your signal coverage, that's what I do.

    Connecting two SOHO broadband routers together.

    Configure the IP address of the secondary router to be in the same subnet as the primary router, but out of the range of the DHCP server in the primary router. For instance DHCP server addresses 192.168.0.2 through 192.168.0.100, I'd assign the secondary router 192.168.0.254 as it's IP address.

    Disable the DHCP server in the secondary router.

    Setup the wireless section just the way you would if it was the primary router.

    Connect from the primary router's LAN port to one of the LAN ports on the secondary router. If there is no uplink port and neither of the routers have auto-sensing ports, use a cross-over cable. Leave the WAN port unconnected!
     
  3. vbeav

    vbeav Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the reply.
    Yes I have tried the wired approach you talked about but the problem is that the two routers will be in seperate structures so I need wireless.
    About the bridge or "WAP" mode, did you mean if my router had this I could do it wirelessly? It was a bit unclear.

    Thanks again
     
  4. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Yes, there are routers that offer bridge mode. There are also wireless range extenders made to do exactly what you're trying to do.
     
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