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SaintDanBert 11-10-2009 01:32 AM

Connect two wifi-routers for "meeting room" LAN
 
I have two wifi routers. Each has an integral 8-port 1000baseT switch.
Can I connect computers by wire to one wifi-router; connect computers by wire to the other wifi-router; and use the wireless to interconnect the two routers so that all computers are a single LAN? Is this what they call a "wifi bridge?"

Assuming that I can do this, do I need special antennas for the point-to-point connection? Are they "required" or simply "benificial?"

If I use this sort of wifi interconnection, does the wifi remain available for wondering connections or do I need still other wifi "access points?"

If someone has done this before, I'd appreciate recommendations and discussion and suggestions.

Thanks,
~~~ 0;-Dan

jrmann1999 11-10-2009 10:49 AM

If these are commercial off the shelf routers they probably won't bridge at all. Typically if you bridge them they cease to be an AP for other clients anymore. Are you doing this within one meeting room? I fail to see the point when a single ethernet cable could probably bridge the two easier.

SaintDanBert 11-10-2009 12:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jrmann1999 (Post 3751684)
Are you doing this within one meeting room? I fail to see the point when a single ethernet cable could probably bridge the two easier.

(grin) it is a really huge meeting space...

I know there are big iron products that link buildings in a corporate campus or metro-area using lasers or directed microwaves and such. I have a similar, indoor, requirement and I have two 802.11n 8-port routers. It seems that the ought to be a way.

~~~ 0;-Dan

oldtincup 11-10-2009 03:24 PM

I think I recall reading that there are a couple of routers out there that have bridge mode available. Also, if your router is one that DD-WRT supports, it can handle bridge mode.


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