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Re: Help needed with home network configuration

On Fri, 16 Mar 2018, David Wright wrote:
> On Fri 16 Mar 2018 at 10:24:36 (-0700), Don Armstrong wrote:
> > The software might not support it, but if openwrt or ddwrt can run
> > on the hardware, they should support bridging.
> I can make sure the router I buy can run openwrt or ddwrt, but it
> would be handy to know if I need to buy two or whether the current one
> can at least do the job at one end of the diagram.

It's likely that they can run ddwrt or openwrt, but you'd have to check.

> > I suggest that you instead run the second router as a switch with an
> > attached wireless AP instead,
> So you're saying that a router can run as a switch. This is presumably
> by just ignoring the WAN port and using just the LANs?¹

Yes, assuming you disable the dhcp server on the second router. [Or you
could bridging the WAN port into the lan bridge, and use all of the
ports. You'll need openwrt to do that; most router firmware doesn't
support that setup.]

> And what does buying a WAP do that the wireless on the router can't
> cope with?

Nothing; my point was just that's what you should do with your existing
equipment. [IE, totally ignore the router functionality of the second

> Let's just imagine there's a wireless-proof gauze screen between the
> two halves of the house. One router in each half is up to the task of
> covering its half but no more. At the moment, one half of the house
> (ironically the side with the modem) has next to no coverage.

> ¹ ie what's outlined in this one
> http://smallbusiness.chron.com/setting-up-wireless-routers-same-ssid-68675.html

Right; this is basically how you cover areas where a single AP won't cut

Don Armstrong                      https://www.donarmstrong.com

I would like to be the air
that inhabits you for a moment
only. I would like to be that unnoticed
& that necessary.
 -- Margaret Atwood "Poetry in Motion" p140

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