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    Wireless switch ?


    The situation is this:

    I have a wireless router.
    I have 10 computers away from that router.
    Those computers don't have wireless network cards.

    Tipical solution:
    Add a switch near the computers.
    Cable the switch to the router.
    Cable the computers to the switch.

    Desired solution:
    Add a wireless switch near the computers.
    Connect the switch wirelessly to the router.
    Cable the computers to the switch.


    Is there any network device (switch) that can do that ?
    As fat as I know, access points need to be wired to the router.

    Any idea ?
    Thanks.
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    What you're looking for is called a network bridge. I'm sure that some wireless routers can be configured in bridge mode, but since I've never even contemplated doing it before I don't have any recommendations.

    A few seconds of googling indicated that you might be able to use something like the NETGEAR WGPS606 or a similar device.
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    I have one of these http://www.dlink.com/products/?pid=292 which will do exactly what you want. This is kind of an old unit, I got mine maybe 3 years ago, there are probably newer wireless access point devices.
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    The one caution I will give is that you will likely need to have two IDENTICAL devices. A few years ago they would sell a wireless bridge as exactly that. However, those that make those sorts of devices decided it would earn them more money if they FORCED you to buy another one of their products instead of a small stand-alone product, possibly made by someone else. So from my experience if you have a d-link now, get another one and make sure the model numbers are the same *AND* that that model can do the bridge.
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    My dlink WAP worked just fine with a linksys wireless router, except the 108mb speed is kind of a dlink-specific enhancement.
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    Yes, the older ones will, but anything newer has started having this restriction. Ran into it with a pair of linksys less than a year ago.
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    Do I have to set the router in bridge mode ?

    As far as I know when you set the router in bridge mode, only the modem works, and the router functionality becomes disabled. So how the wireless signal will be sent to the network bridge device ?

    I'm looking for a device which does not have to change the router settings, just get the wireless signal as if it were a laptop, or any other wi-fi device.
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    Doug G, your D-link suggestion looks like a traditional access point. You have to get the network signal from the router using a ethernet cable.

    I want to get the network signal wirelessly, as a client, using a WAP/WAP2 key.
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    Do I have to set the router in bridge mode ?
    Only if you're using the router as a network bridge and not as a router. If you're using a router that can function in both bridge and normal modes then your primary router will be in normal mode and your other router(s) will be in bridge mode.

    As far as I know when you set the router in bridge mode, only the modem works, and the router functionality becomes disabled.
    Most routers don't even have modems. If you put the router in bridge mode it no longer functions as a gateway which is kind of the entire point of what you're trying to do.
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    Ok.

    definitively I need an ethernet bridge.

    I found this one:
    http://www.amazon.com/Cisco-Linksys-WET11-Wireless-Ethernet-Bridge/dp/B000066JQU

    Seems that it could work for my case.
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    Originally Posted by mysticav
    Doug G, your D-link suggestion looks like a traditional access point. You have to get the network signal from the router using a ethernet cable.

    I want to get the network signal wirelessly, as a client, using a WAP/WAP2 key.
    fyi, the dlink wap does connect to the remote wireless router via wifi, as a wireless client, and provides a wired segment for other devices at it's location.
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