I am experimenting with an idea to bring off-grid solar-powered wifi networking into my home by accessing free wifi hotspots nearby. I have the solar station and mast with a high-gain antenna already purchased and ready to go.
To access the wifi hotspots I purchased a Linksys WRT3200 ACM router, to which the external high-gain antennas will attach. This will serve as my repeater.
What I need is to verify how to set up a home network from there. I don't think I can use the Linksys WRT3200 as both repeater/extender AND network router, yet I cannot find a (affordable) compatible dedicated repeater that will work with my antennas so that I can make better use of my existing Linksys.
My idea is to purchase another Linksys WRT3200 and link the second Linksys to the repeater via ethernet cable to serve as my router, thereby having only one network to worry about.
1. Is there a simpler way do this, or should I buy the extra router and go this route?
2. I am largely ignorant as to how to set these up.
3. Aside from the host hotspot rules, with this configuration, could there be any potential conflicts with devices on my network that use a VPN, such as my laptop?
4. How to I prevent or control access of others to the repeater signal? Will hard-wiring it to the second router suffice, or are other precautions needed?
Any help you can give would be appreciated. Thanks!