connecting 2 groups of computers using wireless

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by mocax, Apr 3, 2005.

  1. mocax

    mocax Network Guru Member

    I have a few comps on one floor connected to a D-Link router with built in wireless access point.
    I use the WAP from notebooks and PDAs.

    Now I have another group of computers located on another floor connected to each other with a normal 8 port switch.
    I wish to combine the 2 different groups into one LAN via some wireless device.

    What is the recommended item I should get?
    On linksys' website, it advertised WAP54G and WET54GS5 as "cable-less cable" for connecting remote areas together...
    As I already have a switch, and WAP54G is cheaper, is it the one to get?

    However, I heard that the WAP54G only works with Linksys products, is it the same for WET54G?

    If both works with my D-Link router, how should I connect them to my switch?
    Via a uplink port? with cross cable?
  2. fizzerfits

    fizzerfits Network Guru Member

    We are getting a couple of WET54GS5 where I work. If you are willing to wait a couple of days I can report on how well they perform.

    In the interim, it is [entirely too] easy to create a wireless bridge on a Windows XP computer if you are in a pinch. (linux makes it a bit more difficult, thank God, as you typically must download some of the bridge drivers - we've had problems with users accidently bridging our networks with XP).

    Sorry if the following how-to-set-up-a-quick-wireless-bridge is already known and I'm being redundant, but I'm verbose today:

    Take a laptop (or desktop with an ethernet and wireless card) with XP (maybe 2000, I've forgotten), go to network connections, select your ethernet and wireless icons, and right click 'bridge connections'. You'll get a new 'Network Bridge' icon and be ready to rock and roll after a couple of tweaks for WEP, etc. on your original connections.

    Some wireless cards REALLY don't like this and you have to force promiscious mode, which will require the following terminal(dos, whatever) command:

    netsh bridge set a N e

    N being the number of your wireless card (I think netsh bridge show tells you what number your interfaces are, not sure though).

    Man, I've had too much coffee today - spurting out stuff people didn't even ask for.... ;)

  3. Kompressor

    Kompressor Network Guru Member

    The best solution would be to use a Wireless Ethernet Bridge and plug it into your switch.
  4. t4thfavor

    t4thfavor Network Guru Member

    wireless bridge. device.
    i use a hawking whatever the ap/bridge is and it works just fine. you dont get very good bandwidth though but it will work better than you think.

    good luck
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