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Sharing WiFi

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by wmoroz, Jul 11, 2008.

  1. wmoroz

    wmoroz Addicted to LI Member

    Hi,

    Could you please advise how to setup a small network in the following situation:

    1. Some 3 - 5 guys with WiFi-equipped laptops in separate hotel rooms.
    2. In the hotel there is a paid wireless Internet access.
    3. One of the persons will act as Administrator, linked to the paid AP directly and share the access with the other guys - all without cables, except the Administrator's laptop with a router.
    4. What we have:
      The individual WiFi-equipped laptops,
      Linksys WRT54GL router with DD-WRT v.24 enabling the router to run as AP, Client, Client Bridge, Repeater, Repeater Bridge
      Some UTP and USB cables, external antenna

    So, can you please advise how to setup the Administrator?

    Thank you very much for your attention.
     
  2. danix71

    danix71 LI Guru Member

    You mean change the default password of the WRT with one known only by the Admin? :)

     
  3. sjc80

    sjc80 Addicted to LI Member

    Here's one attempt:
    - Admin laptop will connect wirelessly to hotel's wifi
    - Admin laptop will connect to WRT54GL via lan port
    - Admin laptop will use Internet Connection Sharing and bridge the wifi connection with the wired connection to Lan
    - WRT54GL set up as AP (DHCP disabled) with Admin laptop as Internet gateway
    - Other laptops will connect to WRT54GL AP and use Admin laptop as DHCP server and gateway
     
  4. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    Here's another attempt (at bypassing that ridiculously expensive hotel internet access):

    Get another WRT54GL, so you have 2 WRTs, with dd-wrt or Tomato.
    Set WRT1 up as a wireless client (client bridge, or WET) of the hotel WiFi (channel X).
    Set up WRT2 as an AP - channel (X-4) or (X+4).
    Wire the 2 WRTs together: WRT1-LAN ---- WAN-WRT2.
    Set up WRT2 as a "gateway", but make sure the IP range used by WRT2 (and thus the laptops) is not the same as that used by the hotel (and thus WRT1).

    No "Admin" laptop needed
     

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