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Old 03-10-2012, 08:24 AM   #1
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Running a netbook as a Wifi Router?


I'm setting up an old netbook as a low power server and since it will be connected to my modem with a network cable I was thinking it would be nice to use the WiFi card to act as a wireless router. (Actually it will be plugged into my existing Wifi router but that barely gives reception down the end of the house where I'm going to put the netbook-server).

Has anyone any experience of doing this, or any suggestions?

I found this guide for doing in part what I want with my netbook (Eeepc 900A). I've tried following it unfortunately the guide is a bit out of date - there's no dhcpd in Ubuntu any more - and I can't get it to work fully.

I can get the network to appear on my WiFi list of another computer. It even seemed to let me join once (although I couldn't seem to see the IP of the netbook-server) however I can't seem to replicate that.
Old 03-10-2012, 10:21 AM   #2
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First, I don't really have any experience in this area. It would help if you told us what your network card is. Not all wireless cards for netbooks/laptops can be put in Master mode and function as an access point. Those that can are often glitchy and unreliable. If you want to turn your netbook into a server, connecting it to the router with one or more ethernet cables and hubs may be your best option. As far as extending the wireless range, you could try a wireless repeater like this one. Depending on how many antennas there are sticking out of your router, you could also build your own cheap reflectors.
Old 03-14-2012, 04:39 AM   #3
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Thanks PhoenixAndThor, I've done what you said. After plenty of investigation I decided that my wifi card wasn't really up to it. So I've turned off my wifi instead to save on power and plugged it in directly.


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