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using a wireless access point as a repeater

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I am not sure if I have  used the right terminology, but my problem is this:-
I have a working wireless network in one building and want to put a PC at the far end of another building and it is out of range or the current network.  I plan to use  a PEAK wireless broadband router at the end of the second building where I can receive the signal, and then run a cable from it to the far end of the building where I need the PC.  My question is, how do I configure the second router so that it will pick up the wireless signal and link with my computer over a cable.  Do I use repeater or bridge mode? and what other settings do I have to use.  So far all attempts have failed to get a connection.
Any help would be much appreciated.
Thanks John.
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by:knightrider2k2
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Please tell the make and model of both access points. Not all access points can repeat the signal of any access point. Ideally they should be same make and model. If you are using wireless router, then 95% it will not work because you cannot repeat the signal of a router with an AP.

But you can use a wireless to ethernet bridge.
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by:yasirirfan
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Dear John

You can implement what you, I did the same thing but with HP Procurve products, its pretty easy & there is a configuration guide available. Just go thro this link  http://www.hp.com/rnd/products/wireless/520wl/overview.htm.

If u need any more help do let me know, if u let me know what wireless devices ur using may be i can provide some solution. also the link of the product.

cheers

Yasir

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by:jcolles
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Thanks for your replies.  There seems to be an email delay as I have only just got them.
The original router is a Belkin ADSL modem with Wireless -G Router, and the device I am trying to use as a relay is a PEAK Wireless Router model 6147ABPK.
I am hoping to set this up in about  12 hours time, so I will have a look at your links, but any more help would be much appreciated.
Regards John.
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by:jcolles
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So far I have not had any joy.  Should the ip address for the remote PC be allocated by the original router over the wireless link, or by the second router which bridges to it?  I have set channel number the same on both routers and the SSID on the second router is grayed out.  I have also enabled WDS on the second router. What have I missed?
Regards John.
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by:yasirirfan
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Dear

The idea is to add mac address of each access point so that they can communicate. I am not sure about ur access point wither it supports this,  well if u go thro the link which i send there is a configuration manual named

 HP ProCurve Access Point 520wl User Guide  
 
 (May 2003, pdf: 5832 KB)
(note: see the Read Me First above regarding how this document applies to the HP ProCurve Wireless Access Point 520wl)  
 ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/networking/software/hp_520wl_user_guide_2.1.0.pdf
you will get the idea how to do this.

cheers

Yasir
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by:jcolles
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The problem with this link is that it applies to a specific HP device which is very different from the devices that I have.  The Belking router seems to say that it is not necessary to set in a MAC address unless you want to restrict access to particular devices.
I just need the two wireless devices to connect so that I can link another PC into an existing wireless network.  I have spent hours on it and cannot get a wireless link to work.  Can anyone guide me as to what specific setting need to be changed. Is it necessary to alter both routers?  I need to get this working as soon a s possible and any information on the configuration required would be most welcome
Regards John
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by:knightrider2k2
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Jcolles

I haven't used this particular hardware but try this if it helps

Change the mode of the PEAK box to Bridge. Disable DHCP on PEAK.  Enter the required details like the core(Belkin) router's mac address, SSID, WEP key etc. The channel should be same.

Now check in the core router if it shows the PEAK box as connected. If it does not, then check your settings. And disable WDS on belkin as it is the core router.

Now connect the PC with a ethernet wire, it should get the ip address from belkin.

Let me know if it does not works. And remember these thing are incompatible sometimes.
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by:jcolles
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Thanks for all your suggestions, eventually I found the problem.
I had the settings correct from the beginning.  After setting the configuration, I clicked on 'save' and the router disconnected and re-booted. A minute or so later I tried it and it failed to work.  What I did not do, and this was the key, was to power it off and on again.  Suddenly it all started working.

A totally useless manual and not very clever software.  Thanks all for your help, I will ask for the question to be deleted.
Regards John
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