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Setting up an Access Point in Repeater mode problem

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Hi - this is a copy of a help / support request I just sent to Edimax. The two devices referred to are their access points. Perhaps someone might be able to help?

These are the links to the products ...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Edimax-EW-7415PDN-802-11n-Access-Point/dp/B002M2I70E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=computers&qid=1284026008&sr=8-1

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Dear Edimax.

I just bought a EW7415PDN and a EW7416ApnV2.

I have connected successfully the EW7415 to my wired network in AP mode.

It has an SSID of Home1. It is NOT acting as a DHCP server, and wireless clients who access Home1/EW7415 get their IP from my wired router which runs the existing wired network. The EW7415 has a static IP address, and points to the gateway address of 192.168.0.1 which is the IP of my wired router.

All works well with this configuration, as wireless clients accessing Home1 can connect to the internet.

Because I need to extend the range of my wireless network, I then setup the EW7416ApnV2 in REPEATER mode. It uses an SSID of Home2 (different from Home1) and the same channel and encryption mode as the EW7415 AP. It has a static IP as well, and also has a gateway address of 192.168.0.1 - and the DHCP server is also turned off.

Problem: while wireless clients can access Home2 no problem at all and can also ping various IP addresses on the wired network, they cannot ping the gateway address of 192.168.0.1 and thus cannot access the internet.

I think I have set things up right. Am I missing something? Help please!!

Thanks ...
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by:rfportilla
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Does repeater mode mean bridge?  If so, it should have the same wifi settings as the first wireless device, with SSID of Home1.  

I don't know why the device is failing, but it does sound like it is misconfigured.  I would check the settings from the top down.  
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by:AscotOsteopath
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Hi thanks for response.

No repeater mode is different from bridge - where bridge mode connects two separate wired networks, repeater mode just extends the range of one AP connected to a wired network.

Anyway all sorted now, it seems at least with Edimax that the gateway of the repeater needs to be the IP address of the Access Point connected to the wired network.

All working fine now.

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by:rfportilla
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Ahem, that's a bridge.  bridging has nothing to do with wires.  It has to do with connecting two segments of the same network.  In this case the two segments are wireless and the "repeater" is acting as a bridge between the two.  
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AscotOsteopath earned 0 total points
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Sorry for late reply
Edimax now say a repeater must have a gateway address set to the IP address of the first Wifi device (the access point) and with its own SSID different from that of the access point.

Perhaps this is just Edimax rather than a generic access point ---> repeater set up?

Thanks for your help though ...
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