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easy: topology recommendation

i have 2 linksys wap11 access points

i have one building with a wired network inside
i have another building with no network inside
the 2 buildings have line of sight

i'd like to extend the network to the other building, and this building could possibly have a mix of wired and wireless computers in

the wap11 has 5 modes of operation:

access point
access point client
wireless bridge
wireless bridge point to multipoint
wireless repeater

now, im reading the documentation and its a little confusing what the differences are, so heres my understanding:

access point - lets wireless clients behave as though they were wired to the same switch the AP is plugged into
access point client - slaves a WAP11 device to another main AP. prevents the slaved (client) WAP11 from serving wireless clients, but it can do wired ones
wireless bridge - links this WAP11 device to another main AP, prevents the slaved (client) WAP11 from serving wirelss clients but can do wired ones
wireless bridge multi point - slaves multiple WAP11s to a single ap. no slave can serve wireless clients but all slaves can serve wired clients
wireless repeater - links this WAP11 to another one and it does nothing but repeat its signal, repeater cannot serve wired clients but can serve wireless ones

none of these seem to be what i want. i have a wire network that i have put an AP one and im using it right now to write this, im calling this main. i want to put the other AP i have in the other building, and have it serve a mixture of wired and wireless clients with the resources that the main one offers.

i dont think its possible, so i will make the slave WAP11 a repeater of the main one, then just put wireless clients into the other building.

anyone wanna explain the difference between APclient and WirelessBridge? the documentation doesnt draw a network topology diagram for the access poit client, and the description is a bit poor

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cjardAuthor Commented:
and this is what i have done

207 points to the first person who thoroughly explains the difference between wireless bridge, and access point client modes...

A wireless Access Point Provides a Wireless Network Connection to Wireless Clients.  A wireless bridge will connect 2 wired locations wirelessly (which is what you want)

        Building 1                                                          Building 2

       Wired Network                                                Wired Network
              |                                                                     |
   Wireless AP in Bridge Mode                        Wireless AP in Bridge Mode

The 2 Wireless AP in Bridge Mode will connect to 2 networks together Wirelessly (rather than running a physical wire bettween the 2 buildings)  You can still have wireless Access Points Connected in both Network's to provide the Wireless Clients.
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How far apart are the buildings?

If the Buildings are far apart you can also by High Gain Antenna's (you will want directional) that can replace the existing antenna. I would reccomend these guys to purchase your antenna's from www.hyperlinktech.com.

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cjardAuthor Commented:
okay, so now that i understand what a wireless bridge is.. what;s a wireless access point client? how does it differ from a repeater or wireless bridge?
A wireless access point client, Is a client that is connecting wirelessly to a Access Point.

An Access Point will convert a wired signal into a wireless signal for wireless clients to connect to.

A Repeater is put towards the end of the Range of the Access Point.  The Repeater will then regenerate the signal from the Access Point and Send it another 300 meters (or however the distance the manufacture says it will send a signal).

A Wireless bridge will take a wired signal and send it wireless to another wireless Bridge.  The second Wireless Bridge will convert it back to non-wireless.  Kind of like you ran a cable between the two buildings, but the signal was sent wirelessly.
When it is Wireless bridge mode, only the 2 wireless bridge's can recive the signal.  Wireless Clients cannot use this signal to gain access to the resources.  There is also point to multipoint bridges, which one Bridge will wirelessly send the signal to multiple wireless bridges.  Same Idea but the signal is sent to more that one Wireless Bridge.

cjardAuthor Commented:
so, you have a 1 wireless MAIN access point that might have 10 wireless access point clients. this allows 10 wired networks to be linked in wirelessley to the one main network with the main access point.

or you could have a multipoint bridge where one main wirelss bridge is connected to 10 other bridges. these 10 bridges only talk to the main bridge, and allow 10 wired networks to be connected to the main one

the difference then with these is (i presume) that the main access point in the first example, can also server a laptop with a wireless card in infrastructure mode. conversely, the main bridge will not serve laptops with wireless cards, it will only serve the other bridges?
Yes, When in bridge mode it will only communicate with the other AP in Bridge Mode.  

When in AP mode a wireless client or a wireless repeater can connect to the AP.

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