Extending a wireless connection and distributing over ethernet

Hi -

I have a client who is about to move office within the same building. They have all their comms kit including internet connection coming in on the ground floor next to their existing office setup. When they move 1 level up  they wanted to leave the comms kit in place for a bit whilst they wait for the new Internet connection to come online. The existing Wireless connection appears to reach at least one half of the floor above so i wanted to know whether there is a piece of kit that will connect to the wireless connection and distribute it via a switch so i can plug the VOIP phones into it. I recall them being wireless bridges but i am not sure how reliable they will be for distributing and managing voice traffic (4 users).
Could someone recommend whether this is good option and which brand of kit or whether there is a better solution,

Thanks
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atlas_shudderedSr. Network EngineerCommented:
A bridge is for establishing a wireless link point to point or point to multipoint between two physical access groups, this accomplished with a wireless bridge on either end.  In other words, it is the wireless version of a trunk, etc.

What you are looking for is a wireless extender.  Depending on the vendor that you are using, there are several out there.  Generally, this is for COTS equipment though, like LinkSys, etc.  Don't recall EOMs like Aruba or Cisco selling them.
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CompProbSolvCommented:
I may have misread, but I DO think he's looking for a wireless bridge.  I believe he's not trying to get wireless extended upstairs but to use the wireless to extend the internet connection from the lower floor to a wired connection on the upper floor: "that will connect to the wireless connection and distribute it via a switch so i can plug the VOIP phones into it".

There are numerous wireless access points that will do the job.  I'm a fan of Ubiquiti devices as they have always worked well for me (though there's a configuration trick you need to not miss).

Since it is temporary, you might want to look into Ethernet Over Power devices.  One example is $80: http://shop.us.dlink.com/shop/shop-networking/powerline/powerline-av2-2000-gigabit-network-extender-kit-dhp-701av.html .  This sort of device may or may not connect properly, depending very heavily on how the main wiring is connected.  My experience has been that it is generally an all-or-nothing proposition.  That is, if you plug them in and they connect, then they'll work fairly reliably.  If they don't work, then you keep trying different outlets, hoping to find one that is on the same branch as the other end.

They are inexpensive and quick to test, so may be worth a try.
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DominicIT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Hi CompProbSolv.

Yes that is correct , I want to network upstairs from the wireless connection downstairs and distribute it over Ethernet because we have Voip phones .
I was also thinking of HomePlugs but I am not sure if it's all on the same phase , I will be testing that out if I get a chance to go onsite.
I also use Ubiquiti from time to time but have only configure the LR AC's , not any other model - which model would you propose in this case ?
I also interested to hear what you mean by the specific configuration tip ?
Thanks
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CompProbSolvCommented:
I've used the Picostation M2 before with good success.  For your specific application you may want one of the more directional ones, such as the Nanostation.  On the other hand, the Picostation will very likely do the job and the omni-directional characteristic may be useful when you re-use it for a more general use after the wireless bridge is no longer needed.  

Looking toward long-term use, the Unifi Mesh may be a good choice.  The basic idea is that if you have reasonable WiFi strength upstairs from downstairs, anything respectable will do the job for now.  With that in mind, look to your future use for what choice you really want to make on a specific device.

The "specific configuration tip" is that many of Ubiquiti's devices are preset for point-to-point communications with other Ubiquiti devices and are not compatible with standard WiFi.  In those cases, you need to set the bandwidth to 20MHz and disable AirMax.  Otherwise, you can have a situation where you see the WiFi but can't connect with your end device.  It's quite simple to do as long as you know that it is needed.
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DominicIT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Hi Comprobsolv,

Still awating the go ahead from the client so i will close this question. I am going to opt for the Unifi's though. I will likely be rolling out more of them in future so there is a good chance i will post about them if i hit block. Cheers for your help.
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