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Hi

I have two Linksys access points (WAP54G) that I want to use to accomplish the following:

I want to use one access point (AP1) to allow clients too (wirelessly and cabled) access each other and a DSL internet connection. AP1 is attached to a switch which some clients and the internet connection are cabled into; the others connect to AP1 wirelessly.

In the same building I want to attach a print device to the second access point (AP2) to create a wireless bridge across to AP1 so clients connecting to AP1 can print to the print device attached to AP2.

I have read the documentation that comes with these AP’s. In the documentation you can configure the APs in wireless bridge mode; however, in this mode wireless clients can not connect to AP1.

There is another mode called AP Client mode in which one AP can be configured as a client of the other AP; ie, AP2 becomes a client of AP1.

My questions are:

1 -Can I accomplish what I want to accomplish?
2 – Should I be using Client mode with AP2?
3 – I have tried to use AP client mode but could not get the communication required; how should this be configured. I used the documentation to configure this but could not ping the IP address of AP2  from a client attached to AP1.

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by:Johnjces
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Apparently you cannot with the LinkSys devices, which by the way I would not necesarily recommend.

We use D-Link routers here (DWL2700) and I believe most D-Links will allow bridged access points. Our do and it is called WDS with AP. Works like a charm.

Sounds like in bridge mode your LinkSys wireless devices will only do bridging of two segments of a wired LAN wirelessly, which can be great for wired networks separated by some distance.

Look for other devices which will do what you want.

John
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John

If this is the case why do these devices have "Client Mode" in which one AP can become a client of another?

What would be the point in configuring one AP as a Client of another if you could not attach a device (wired) to the client access point and communicate with devices attached (wired and wireless) to an access point in its default "Access Point Mode" state?

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My guess would be simply for bridging.

You would have to call the support desk on those product for other specifics.

John
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John

The AP's have the option for Bridging and Client Mode.

Nael
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I don't know.

I am sorry but I cannot help you beyond my suggestions. Obtain quality hardware, (LinkS

ys is low end),  get hardware that does what you need it to do and for things that it should do, contact their customer/tech support. I have no idea what kind of support LinkSys has.

Some Links:
http://forums.linksys.com/linksys/board/message?board.id=Access_Points&message.id=73
http://www.tongfamily.com/networking/linksys/linksys_ap_client_mode_vs_wireless_bridge_mode.php
Read second bullet in above link..

John
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by:Nael_Shahid
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John

Thanks for your help with this.

I have checked the links provided but I knew this info anyway. The second link explaining client mode is exactly what I want to do (hardwire an IP device into an AP in client mode and connect to a AP in access point mode). My problem is that I have configured this but it does not seem to work. I can remember seeing something about using different channels for the AP's, does this mean anything to you??

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You cannot link two APs or wireless devices wirlelessly using different channels.

If both are acting as access points to a wired LAN and are in close proximity with each other best practices suggest using different channels.

Other than that, you can't bridge them or use a bridge to Access Point modality on different channels.

Here is  a link that may be interesting regarding close proximity access points...

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Q_22963288.html

John
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by:Nael_Shahid
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Hi John

I managed to get this work using wireless bridge mode; however, not in the configuration that this is suppose to work in!

I configured AP2 to bridge across to AP1 but did not change AP1's configuration (it stays in AP mode). This allows wireless clients to access AP1 in the normal manner and devices attached to AP2!

According to LinkSys if you want to Bridge, both AP's you should be in Bridge mode and you cannot access either AP wirelessly in any other mode! Which is obviously incorrect.

Thanks
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