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Expanding Your Wireless Network

The WNR834B router can be used with wireless access points (APs) to build large bridged wireless networks using the Wireless Repeating function in the Advanced section of the main menu, as shown below.

Figure 4-6

The WNR834B router supports two modes of the Wireless Repeating function:

In either of these modes, you can configure whether the router (or AP) will communicate with local wireless computers by enabling or disabling the Wireless Client Association function:

The figure below shows a wireless repeating scenario with the WNR834B router in Wireless Base Station mode, and with all APs supporting local wireless clients:

Figure 4-7

In the scenario shown, the following conditions must be met for all access points including the WNR834B router:

To set up the repeater configuration shown above:

  1. Configure the operating mode of AP1 (the WNR834B router in the above diagram) as a Wireless Base Station with the MAC addresses of AP2 and AP3 in the first two Repeater MAC Address fields.
  2. Configure the operating mode of AP2 and AP3 as Wireless Repeater with the MAC address of AP1, the WNR834B router, in the Base Station MAC Address field.
  3. Verify connectivity across the LANs.
  4. A computer on any wireless or wired LAN segment of the WNR834B should be able to connect to the Internet or share files and printers with any other wireless or wired PC or server connected to any of the other APs.

In the scenario shown, a WNR834B router can also be used as one of the "child" APs. Configure the WNR834B router's Wireless Repeating function settings as described for AP2 or AP3.

Note: If a WNR834B router (or another router) is used as a wireless repeater AP as shown in the Figure 4-7, you may need to change other configuration settings on the router. In particular, you should disable the DHCP server function on the wireless repeater APs.

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