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Case 7

Case 7) Wireless Bridge with Clients - Harder, but less expensive

I admit that this setup looks complicated, and will take more work than using repeaters. But given that you can buy four Access Points with bridging features for the price of one repeater, it's probably worth the effort! Figure 7 tells the tale...

Figure 7- Two Ethernet LANs with Wireless bridge and clients - the hard way!

Figure 7 - Two Ethernet LANs with Wireless bridge and clients - the hard way!

This setup requires some care, so keep the following in mind if you choose this path

  • Set both bridges to the same channel, choosing channel 1, 6, or 11, and same ESSID.

  • Set both APs to the same channel, choosing channel 1, 6, or 11, but make sure the channel is not the same as the channel being used by the bridges. Set the APs and all wireless clients to use the same ESSID, but make it different than the ESSID used by the bridges.

  • Set all the APs and bridges to use a static IP addresses instead of being DHCP clients. This will make it easier to troubleshoot the network when you're having connection problems.

  • You can use different products for the APs and AP/bridges, but use the same product for the bridges, since the AP/bridge modes may differ from product to product.

  • If you don't have any wired clients on the "far" end of the bridge, you can connect the AP an AP/bridge together via a crossover cable. But be sure you first set both units to use static IP addresses while they are connected via Ethernet to the machine that you're running the setup application on.

  • Updated July 2003 You can also substitute a wireless router for the wired router and Access Point at the top of Figure 7. You'll still need the wireless bridge, however, unless your wireless router also simultaneously supports bridging. There are no consumer 802.11b routers that do this, but as mentioned above in Case 6, some 802.11g products do support simultaneous bridging and client connection.

That's it. Enjoy your wire-free network!

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