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Posted 02 March 2010 - 06:33 PM
Posted 02 March 2010 - 07:31 PM
Hope this helps
Associate in Applied Science - Network Systems Management - Trident Technical College
Posted 02 March 2010 - 10:46 PM
Posted 10 December 2016 - 04:55 PM
Yes, it is clear as mud for me. So in this scenario where the access point is connected to a switch that has several IP cameras hook into it as an example, Then, access point wont work because there are several mac addresses associated with the switch? So that means I will need a (WDS) device or setup to make this work. Am I correct?
Posted 12 December 2016 - 01:05 PM
Think about it in almost a literal sense - what does a bridge do? It spans two points and brings them together. In a networking sense, that is all a bridge does - it connects two networks together. An access point is expanding the network to provide greater range/signal to a larger area instead of bringing them together like a bridge does. Now, that seems like semantics, but there is a difference. Some bridges will also provide wifi, but for simplicity sakes, we'll leave that out for now. Here's a simple, but practical example I use in my own home:
I work from home in a 3 level townhouse. My office is on the top floor with a workstation and a server, we'll call it LAN 1. My modem is in the office with me, so is my Wireless router. On the second level is our living room that also has a desktop, xbox, cable box/smart tv. We'll call it LAN 2.
So...how do you get internet downstairs to the smart tv/xbox/desktop when a) the desktop and tv do not have wifi capabilities, b.) since we rent, didn't want to get into running cable through walls/ceilings and installing a switch to throw lines from and c) don't want to pay for a second circuit from my ISP to get internet down there...how do we connect LAN 1 and LAN 2 together?
Solution - I have a bridge that picks up my wifi signal (coming from upstairs) and provides internet downstairs. I then I plug all my toys into the bridge via Ethernet and I get basically the same up/down you'd expect on a wifi (12/60 in my case). The bridge in and of itself does not provide a wifi signal, the router upstairs is still doing that, but it IS connecting the upstairs and downstairs together utilizing the one and only circuit I have coming into the house.
If, say I wanted to get wider/stronger wifi coverage, I could then run a WAP off the bridge and expand my wifi coverage, though it's not needed as the router kicks a pretty good signal range and covers the middle floor, but I could put one down there to push wifi to the basement if I so chose.
That help at all?
Edited by baines77, 12 December 2016 - 01:08 PM.
Posted 12 December 2016 - 03:57 PM
YES, I think I got it now. It is time to put it to the test to see if I really did, your example is one of the other situation that I am in, the basement where it is tough to run wires to computers printer etc... Thank you for your time, it is very thorough explanation.
Edited by MichaelH2, 12 December 2016 - 04:01 PM.
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