I've been struggling, perhaps just with vocabulary, in trying to set up
a home network. Here's the scenario: In one end of an L-shaped house,
I have a combination DSL modem/wireless router that is serving a desktop
and a couple of wireless media devices.
In the other end of the L-shaped house, in a split-level basement, is a
home theater. I only lost one testicle crawling through the rafters to
get a wire run from the router to a switch right behind the component
rack. I will shortly be installing a Netflix-enabled Blu-ray player in
There are several smart phones roaming around the property, so I would
like to plug an access point into that switch, to get full coverage.
Ideally, it should just extend my existing wireless network so that I do
not have induce those devices into using the strongest access point.
(There will likely be a slight overlap in coverage at the crotch of the
"L", but the ends of the house are effectively blind to each other, save
the hard wire.)
I've looked at a variety of setups for APs, but they all seem to require
you to be able to see the pre-existing wireless network before you can
repeat/extend it. Isn't there some way I can just configure it to put
out the "same" wireless network for clients, but then run the data down
the copper connection?
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I have one of these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833704049
But their difficult-to-understand tech support informs me I cannot do
what I've outlined above.
Here is an excerpt from the manual concerning the AP's modes:
| Supports multiple operating modes including:
| Access Point - Makes the AP an ideal solution for
| your wireless local area network. You can create
| a wireless local area network.
| Multi-SSID - Allows the wireless adapter to access
| to different LANs appropriate to your needs by
| connecting to different SSID.
| Client - Wirelessly connects Ethernet devices.
| Repeater （Universal Repeater） - Relays signal
| between its stations and the root AP for greater
| wireless range.
| Bridge (Point to Point, Point to Multi-point) -
| Bridges the AP and another AP also in bridge mode
| to connect two or more wired LANs.
Tech support suggested that I go ahead and set it up in AP mode, using
the same ssid, channel, security settings, etc. as my wireless router.
When I asked if that would cause a problem when I'm in that overlap area
where the router *and* the AP can be seen by my wireless device. The
tech did not seem to have contemplated that situation, nor was inclined
to do so.
At that point, My will and schedule were broken, so I just set it up in
AP mode with a different ssid and channel, and called it a day.
Is it crazy for me to think I can do what I'm suggesting?
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