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Connect to nearby wireless network and share internet connection via wireless

Posted on 2006-10-23
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Hi,

I  have a Belkin F5D7231-4P router.

I would like to connect to a nearby wireless network that has an internet connection via the Belkin F5D7231-4P router.  

I would then like to use the this same router to share the internet connection via a wireless connection between the F5D7231-4P and two computers on my home network.  I am also expecting that I will be able to share files  between the two computers  in my home network as would normally be the case.  I will use the print server function to share the printer.



1.  Do I enable wireless bridging to do this?  If so, the manual states that wireless bridging may only work with other belkin routers.  I have not tried it yet, but I am wondering if it might work with non-belkin routers?

2.  Any other suggestions for how I might accomplish this?

3.  Any suggestions for a fairly cheap antanna I might purchase that could be connected to the routher to improve the signal reception of the wireless internet network?

This is all for a low income family that has permission to connect to the nearby wireless network with an internet connection.  They can't afford a broadband connection.

Thanks

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WesleyDryden earned 500 total points
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Hi,

Just to clarify:

You have a belkin F5D7231-4P router. You would like to bridge it to a nearby belkin F5D7231-4P router so you can use their internet connection as you do not have your own.

I am guessing that the router with the internet connection is fairly close to your home as you can see the ssid broadcast. Is it a neighbour?

If so I would consider just connecting directly to the router with the internet connection and bypassing your own if the second is the second is in range with ur pc's. The downside to this is that you will be on the same network and the owner of the nearby wireless router will have access to your shared folders and printer.

The other choice may be that you will have to set your own router to act as a access point, disabling the dhcp etc. But i am not too sure if it possible to create a wireless connection to the router with the internet connection or if it would need to be cabled. You would then need to use the same ssid and security protocol on the access point. You could then connect to your access point( router) retrieve a IP address,default gateway etc  from the internet connection router and connect in that manner. Again this will put u on the owners network and he will be able to use ur shared folders and printer.

Hope that makes sense.

Wes.
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by:jaseverson1
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I have the Belkin router.  I want to connect to my neighbors wireless network which has an internet connection.  My neighbors wireless router is not a Belkin model.  

My goal is to configure my Belkin router to connect to my neighbors wireless network, and  have the Belkin router share my neighbors network connection to my two computers.  My two computers must be connect via wireless to the Belkin router.

How would I set this up?
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by:2hype
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How far away is you Neighbour?  What kind of obstacles are in the way of your 2 houses.

Do your computers detect any kind of wirless signals from his house already?

What kind of wireless router does your neighbour have

As far as I have read your Belkin router does not seem to have the capablilty to repeat or bridge to his network or any network.


To share is connection you will need to buy 2 WAP's capable of repeating one another (assuming the distance / obstacales are not that much)  If you are to far you can always also change the antenna's on the WAP's to increase the signal.

His WAP will send the signal to your WAP which will repeate it to your computers.   This is the way you want to do it.  With your current hardware you cannot do this.  Try something like the Dlink 2100AP.
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