Posted on 2009-02-10
Clients often want to use the office wireless. Our wireless network is well-configured and 90% of them connect with no issues. The other 10%, however, have trouble connecting. I often end up helping them out. For the most part, I have to modify their system configuration in some way and they're good to go. Unfortunately, this process ends up time-sink. If they happen to be in a room with an unused Ethernet drop, I use a cable and hard wire them to the network. It's simply a quicker fix than the fiddling with their wireless. Unfortunately, many rooms in the office don't have free Ethernet drops. I've been thinking about solving the problem as follows:
1. Buying an additional WAP
2. Configuring this WAP up to connect to the other office WAPs in some kind of peer-to-peer configuration
3. Then, when a client was struggling with the wireless, connecting this WAP to the client's laptop with an Ethernet cable, letting the WAP provide the wireless connection rather than the client's problematic wireless card.
Would this work? Is a WAP or a wireless bridge the best way to implement this?