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

Alternatives

Access Point / Switch

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)

Repeater / Repeater Bridge

Extend the Wireless access area using a second router. Second router does not need any wired connections.

  • Repeater Bridge - A wireless repeater with DHCP & NAT disabled, clients on same subnet as host AP (primary router). That is, all computers can see one another in Windows Network.
  • Repeater - A wireless repeater with DHCP & NAT enabled, clients on different subnet from host AP (primary router). Computers connected to one router can not see computers connected to other routers in Windows Network.
  • Universal Wireless Repeater - Uses a program/script called AutoAP to keep a connection to the nearest/best host AP.

Client / Client Bridge

Connect two wired networks using a WiFi link.

  • Wireless Bridge - Join two wired networks by two Wireless routers building a bridge. All computers can see one another in Windows Network.
  • Client Bridged - (simplified instructions for a wireless bridge)
  • Client Mode - 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

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

OLSR

Extend the Wireless access area using more routers. Extra routers does not need any wired connections. Use several ISP (Internet) connections. OLSR is a mesh network.

Comparisons

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