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Old 03-10-2006, 04:00 AM   #1
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Wireless gear that will *bridge* my existing wired network


I have this old Pentium PC sitting in the corner of the garage.
The garage has no ethernet cabling.
I would like to keep the PC in the garage and
connect it to the home LAN to read emails, etc.
The PC has no free PCI slots or USB ports.
But it has a RJ-45 LAN card.

I have a broadband connection inside the house
with firewall, router, switch, etc.
I do not have any wireless gear in the house.

I understand that I can get some external wireless bridging gear that:

a. Base unit - Can plug into my existing (non-wireless) router with
a RJ-45 cable to provide a wireless signal.

b. Another external unit can connect to this PC via its RJ-45 cable.
Sort of like a wireless network adapter that connects directly to any ethernet PC.

So the configuration would be something like:

Firewall<->NonWirelessRouter<->someWirelessEthernetAdapter ~~~~ someOtherWirelessEthernetAdapter<->EthernetPC

Can you suggest any such Wireless gear (pair) that can bridge my existing wired network?

Thanks.
 
Old 03-10-2006, 04:40 AM   #2
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hmmm, just any kind of access point will do, but make sure they are of the same brand. often that's the only way to make then "bridge"

in any other way the setup u propose should work just fine.

hope this helps
 
Old 03-10-2006, 04:45 AM   #3
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Are you saying that I should get 2 identical access points?
Connect the first access point to the router?
Connect the second access point to the ethernet NIC on the PC?
 
Old 03-10-2006, 04:50 AM   #4
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yes, that works fine. all u need is an ethernet interface on both sides, that way you could bridge to anywhere you want (as far as they reach though) and take (Verry little) res. from your system. the only thing i have ever had problems with in cases like this is that the ap should both be identical. oftently they only bridge with the same class of ap.

*edit*
it would really be a "bridge" since all it will do is replace the cable for that part. and seen as rather secure since u can set up wap-key and mac-adress control between the 2 ap's. u can verry quickly discover if somebody is (trying to) connecting with your wlan.

Last edited by shorun; 03-10-2006 at 04:52 AM.
 
Old 03-10-2006, 04:57 AM   #5
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Ok.
On the LAN side, my firewall/router gives out IP address (lease) based
on ethernet address of the dhcp client (PC).

With these access points in place, will the firewall/router still see
the ethernet address of the dhcp client (PC).

Will the access points behave in a transparent manner?
 
Old 03-10-2006, 05:25 AM   #6
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it should work. once both ap's are configured to bridge with each other your system will use your router's dhcp system. u might want to attach both ap's to you router to make first config.
 
  


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