I want to setup a WLAN in my office, and I need to connect several computers in different "wings" of my building on the ground floor across an open courtyard. Any suggestions.

Posted on 2005-04-15
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I want to setup a WLAN in my office, and I need to connect several computers in different "wings" of my building on the ground floor across an open courtyard. The the building is in a shapr of a "U" with brick walls. I was thinking of using a Linksys wireless access point or wireless ethernet bridge (in each wing the computers will be connected via hard wired ethernet). Any suggestions, would a simple wireless access point suffice or do I need to use a wireless ethernet bridge?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions or opions.

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    Access points require network wires run to them, and wireless bridges do not expand wireless coverage, they only link connections from one point to another wirelessly.  What you need is WDS.  The cheapest way to accomplish this is a wrt54g linksys wireless router, and use a hacked firmware easily found on the net.  This will enable wireless hopping which will connect them like a bridge but also act as an access point.  Each hop will lower the bandwith, but good planning can overcome this.  
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    Like 97841tt said - Both wings are wired.  You better be a TECH if you want to play with hack firmware.  The two WAP54g access points in bridge mode will work well.  Note - I believe they can only do this with WEP still not WPA.  Plug the LAN port of each end of the bridge into your existing switches and your running.  You might shell out the extra bucks on the High Gain antenna sets for the AP's as distance performance seems to vary drastically from unit to unit.  Also do your homework.  You don't want mor than one DHCP server or everything will lock up.  If you use static IP's make sure everyone is in the same IP scheme like 192.168.1.*. And that none of them are the same exact IP.  Good time to make a network map.

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