Can you "Chain" Wireless Bridges?

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by Torvald Wilson, Jun 13, 2019 at 1:38 AM.

  1. Torvald Wilson

    Torvald Wilson New Member Member

    The situation:
    I dropped my ISP because they won't give me the same discounted rates as an "old" customer as they do for new customers. The cost difference is substantial.

    So, for 30 days I'm using my neighbor's wireless network. I used to do computer repair as a side-gig, and so have several routers, etc... laying around to work with.

    First thing I did was take a Tp-Link Archer C59, configure it as a bridge and connect to the neighbor's wifi. Everything works great. I can connect my desktop via LAN, and two cell phones. But the distance is a diagonal through the house from where the C59 has to be and the neighbor's wireless. The signal is good enough for internet browsing, but dropped packets (or whatever) make online gameplay a PITA.

    So, since I also happen to have a WRT54G on hand, I thought to try to bridge from the Archer C59 to the neighbor's wireless modem. I can put the WRT54G midway between the neighbor's wireless modem and the Archer C59, and maybe maintain good signal. Is what I'm thinking. I want to do it this way because the C59 is already configured and working and I understand it. Even though I've had some experience with the WRT54G, I've never done anything this exotic with it. First question is whether or not I even can. I see posts that say you can, but the directions given do not look anything like the GUI that I see when I go into the WRT's configuration settings.

    What I have:
    Neighbor's Ubee wireless modem -->(wireless bridge) Archer C59 --> (Lan cable) My Desktop

    What I want:
    Neighbor's Ubee wireless modem -->(wireless bridge) WRT54G --> (wireless bridge) Archer C59 --> (Lan cable) My Desktop

    Can I do this? If so how? Thanks in advance.

    Also I'll mention that I'm aware that a wireless bridge to wireless bridge connection needs to be done at a different wireless frequency than what the wireless devices are using to connect. Just read that a few minutes ago, and it makes sense. I'll planning on continuing to use the 2.4 range for device connection and the 5 Ghz range for wireless-bridge to wireless-bridge connection.
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