Reverse Access point

Posted on 2009-02-11
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I would like to find a device that connects to the network wirelessly and provides an RJ-45 ethernet connection.

Reverse access point if you will.

Basically provide an RJ-45 in another room wirelessly, using my existing Wireless network, not any of those 2 wire outlet adapters.
Question by:TIgerV
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    You might be looking for something like a wirless workgroup bridge
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    Sounds like you want a wireless bridge. Are you going to be using this for home use or business use? If it's home use I'd recommend a linksys wrt54g model with a thirdparty firmware on it such as dd-wrt, tomato or openwrt operating in wireless bridge mode.
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    What you are asking about is the ability to create a wireless bridge.  Many Access points have this feature,  be sure to check first, however,  and make sure all APs are the same model.

    Most modern APs have some type of bridging capability.

    I suggest checking out the datasheets and sales material for Linksys, Asus, Netgear, D-Link  wireless access points.
    Or Cisco Aironet for business deployments where it _has_ to work, and where signal quality and the manufacturer support is worth the price.

    Just make sure the product is a true access point and not a wireless router, check the featureset carefully, and make sure bridging or connecting APs is a listed feature.

    (Wireless routers are generally cheaper than wireless Access Points and have bridging features removed)

    Most consumer-grade single-port "Wireless bridge"  appliances on the market for <$80US  are flaky at best and not worth the effort;  the same can be said about many APs though, so be sure to check reviews.

    You might think you can plug a single-port bridge into a switch and attach multiple devices;  sometimes this is the case, sometimes the bridge product doesn't allow it  (one-PC restriction some consumer units have had).

    The hardware intended for businesses is much better, but the price tag is really hefty, you pay for what you get.


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    I ended up buying a Linksys by cisco bridge, but it was worthless NEVER stayed connected.  I have now gotten a Hawking unit that is ACES.  Wireless 300N by Hawking.

    Great stuff.  Thanks for the point in the right direction.

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