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In this tutorial, we will discuss different alternatives for linking routers in order to create wifi networks.

Options[edit]

Access Point / Switch[edit]

Extend the Wireless access area using more routers, with wired connections between routers, or turn a wired port on an existing network into a Wireless Access Point. All computers will be on the same network segment, and will be able to see one another in Windows Network.

  • Wireless Access Point - Extend Wi-Fi & LAN (Requires physical Ethernet connection between routers)
  • Switch - Similar config as WAP, but radio disabled (accepts only wired connections)

Wireless Client / Wireless Ethernet Bridge[edit]

Connect two wired networks using a WiFi link.

  • Wireless Ethernet Bridge - Join two wired networks by two Wireless routers building a bridge. All computers can see one another in Windows Network.
  • Wireless Client - Join two wired networks by two Wireless routers (unbridged). Computers on one wired network can not see computers on other wired network in Windows Network.

WDS[edit]

Extend the Wireless access area using more routers. Extra routers does not need any wired connections. WDS is a mesh network.