AP client mode vs. ethernet briges doubts

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by Antonio Arias, May 6, 2004.

  1. Hello,

    I have some doubts on AP client mode.

    I want to use it for what I think is a common layout: I have a main
    wired network at home with DSL GW, where I have connected an AP
    (Conceptronic C54AP in my case). I access it from my notebook using
    WPA.

    Now I have an ethernet DivX player in the living room, and need some
    gear to connect it to the main network. I thought an AP configured in
    client mode could do the trick, as it would act as a bridge between
    the wireless and ethernet interfaces, but seems this is not so simple.

    First, it seems AP client mode is propietary and works only btween
    same manufacturer APs. I don't find the logic in this, since I guess
    this should work as PCMCIA card + somehow passing MACs from the wired
    net behind.

    I have bought new Conceptronic C45APT, which supposely supports it,
    but am having problems to make them talk. Anyone could tell me how I
    should configure them ? Furthermore, it seems not to support WPA while
    in client mode.

    There seems to be some gear oriented to this task, as the Linksys
    Ethernet Bridge (http://www.linksys.com/products/product.asp?grid=33&scid=36&prid=603)

    Should I reach for one of this? What's the difference btw it and an AP
    in client mode?

    Thank you to any of you shedding light into this issue!
     
    Antonio Arias, May 6, 2004
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  2. Antonio Arias

    Ron Bandes Guest

    What you want is an access point that supports a Wireless Bridge. Access
    points in the same Service Set communicate with each other for roaming or
    bridging using a Distribution System (DS). The DS can use wired Ethernet or
    it can be a Wireless DS. There is no standard yet for the DS (802.11f is
    pending). This means that for bridging or roaming to work, you must use
    equipment from the same vendor (and possibly additional restrictions). So
    if your GW doesn't support Wireless Bridges, you might need to look for some
    kind of client station; I've seen these for USB, but not for Ethernet; they
    might exist.

    Ron Bandes, CCNP, CTT+, etc.
     
    Ron Bandes, May 6, 2004
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  3. Thank you, Ron !
    I am looking for a ethernet bridge only device..
     
    Antonio Arias, May 12, 2004
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