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Old 01-05-2009, 05:37 PM   #1
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turning non-wireless router wireless

Okay, well I just received two computers and a monitor from a friend. And I am going to be putting linux on them. I also have a non-wireless router that I am going to be using to connect the two computers together. The problem is is that I then don't have internet connect to the computers. they will be upstairs, and my wireless router is down stairs. So my question is this. There are wireless adapters that connect via ethernet to a rj-45 port on the computer. If I were to attach one of those to the incoming port, wan I believe it is called, could I then use that to give the router connectivity to the internet and allow the two computers on the router access to the internet?

all thoughts appreated.
ps. Sorry if it is confusing because of lack of vocab, you would think 4 months into a networking course I would know about this.
Old 01-06-2009, 10:51 AM   #2
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I think you talking about a wireless lan bridge or just wireless bridge. I've had a look at these and they seem quite expensive for what they are.

In any case i think you'd attach it to one of the Lan ports on the upstairs router as the Nat would take place on the wireless router downstairs. The upstairs box would just be acting like a switch with the upstairs PC's and wireless bridge on the same subnet as other wireless devices attached to the downstairs access point and wired devices attached.

I'm not sure how you set up ESSID's and WEP/WPA on the bridge though - possibly attach the bridge's RJ45 port to a PC first to run through a setup or something.

There are probably a few ways of setting this up but this is the first that springs to mind.
Old 01-06-2009, 11:04 AM   #3
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Connecting two routers, while it can be done, can be difficult.

Why not just buy a new wireless router with enough ports to handle any wired devices, and use one router. Most wireless routers have 4 ports, if thats not enough, I'm sure you can find them w/ 8.

I've got Netgear RangeMax Dual Band Wireless-N Router WNDR3300. It was easy to setup, I've got two computers Wired, and a total of 3 on via wireless. 2 of them are laptops and while they are rarely on at the same time(work stuff), when I've had every single PC/Laptop in the house on and in use, I've had no problems at all.


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Why not:
Put your wireless router upstairs, and connect the linux PCs to it with ethernet cable.
Have the downstairs PC(s) connect to the router wirelessly.
Mmmmm now for networking FUN! (this is how I have it at home: servers in office upstairs, wireless laptops elsewhere, it works very well)


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