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My company currently has a Wi-Fi setup using three different Cisco Aironet access points
1) Cisco Aironet 1200
2) Cisco Aironet 1130AG
3) Cisco Aironet 1100
They need to set up a temporary internet connection in an office across the courtyard (aprox. 20-25 ft.) The company purchased a Linksys Wet200 wireless ethernet bridge for this purpose. I've tried to configure the bridge to connect to the Cisco Aironet 1200, but it will not talk with the AP. It was able to see the AP, so I know it's getting some sort of reception. I've found browsing the web that the firmware might be the problem. I have upgraded the Wet200's firmware from 1.0.9 to 1.0.13; however I am not able to get internet access via the bridge. My next guess is that there is something wrong with possibly the encryption protocol. Any ideas?
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Can you set the linksys in client mode. I doubt very much you will be able to get the devices to bridge or repeat.  That way the linksys will use wds to connect and you can make the connection available to all users via the switch. We have used this we dlink dlw-2100 and it works perfectly. Alternatively you could get another cisco and run it ias a workgroup bridge
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The linksys has two different modes, Infrastructure and Adhoc. The wireless AP's are configured as infrastructure, so I've set the Linksys for the same. I'm wondering if the problem could be an encryption problem. The encryption is set to 40 bit on the APs, and 64 bit on the bridge. I'm thinking that's why they won't talk to each other. I'm not entirely sure though since I've never worked with bridges before.
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its very rare that you can get different vendors to bridge together mainly because the cisco needs to contol the air interfaces. For example if a cisco ap has a repeater or bridge that is dropping packets because of bad signal it will disable the radio and prevent clients from connecting at all. Cisco will not associate as a bridge with another vendor.

Your best option is to set the linksys in client mode (if available) and connect to the cisco as a wireless pc or notebook would. This way anything behind the client will have access to the network
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There isn't a client mode option on this bridge. I think I might take this back and opt for either a direct cable connection or find a bridge that will work.
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I'm sure this would have worked if the option was available.
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The dlink dwl 2100 will work for you in client mode
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