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[ale] What do I need to bridge two networks?
On Mon, Feb 3, 2014 at 5:33 PM, Brian Mathis <
brian.mathis+ale at betteradmin.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 3, 2014 at 3:38 PM, Jim Lynch <ale_nospam at fayettedigital.com>wrote:
>> On 02/03/2014 10:39 AM, Michael H. Warfield wrote:
>>> I think you can also configure dd-wrt to provide access to additional
>>> WiFi clients beyond the reach of the main router (hybrid client / AP
>>> mode) but I haven't done that either and I don't think that's available
>>> in the stock firmware.
>> OK I have more experience with Tomato, but I'll try to install dd-wrt on
>> this router. In any case I won't lose any capabilities. I'm guessing a
>> wifi device, especially the one in the router can act both a master and a
>> slave at the same time? Meaning it can connect to the building router and
>> also serve wifi to other devices at the same time?
> Rarely can you have a router act as both an access point and a client,
> unless it actually has 2 separate radios (like one on 2.4GHz and another on
> This brings up the question of why do you need to provide a wireless
> access point to your clients, only to bridge it to the other wireless
> network? All the airwaves are the same, so why not go directly to the main
> WiFi AP? If there's something preventing you from doing this, there's
> likely a reason and you should be working with those in control to get the
> access you need directly on the existing wireless.
> On the other hand, it's very simple to setup a router running something
> like Tomato to act as a wireless client, and then bridge the wired network
> connections to the wireless, so if you only need to connect wired devices,
> it's fairly simple.
> ? Brian Mathis
You can do what brian stated if you want to take a wireless connection and
give the wired devices internet access.
If you're trying to extend the wireless network, it's best to use the model
of extender that is compatible with the existing wifi access points [use
linksys extender with a linksys AP, etc...]. There exists universal wifi
extenders but as others have stated, they have issues and can be tricky.
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