Create a private wireless network from an existing wireless network
Posted on 2014-08-04
I just moved into a multi-tenant office building. Comcast has set up a wireless network for the entire building. When you join this network from Windows, you are not prompted to enter a password. That is, this wireless network is not encrypted. However, before you can browse the web, you are prompted to log in from your web browser, using your Comcast login and password. Once I do this I can browse the web all day long with no problem. So this is an unsecure guest wifi hotspot that requires authentication using your browser.
Here's what I am trying to do:
In my office I have 2 more computers, a smart tv and a wireless printer. I haven't tried it yet but I suspect I will NOT be able to connect the SmartTV or the printer to this network. (Remember, when joining the wireless network you are never prompted to authenticate because it is not a secure network).
Is it possible to join this wireless network from ONE device in my office (such as a Linksys wireless router?), and then use that device to create a new (private, encrypted) network that I can use for my office?
This way I can:
(1) have peace of mind knowing the entire building can't see my devices and then
(2) join my smart tv and wireless printer to my newly created private network - not the one set up for the entire building.
So the basic question is - can I create a private wi-fi network from an existing wi-fi network?