Free Downtown Dayton Internet service.

Derek Broughton derek at
Thu Jan 22 14:05:52 UTC 2009

Eberhard Roloff wrote:

> for this, the router imho strictly does NOT have to act as a bridge.
> The wireless end connects to the city network and the ethernet end is
> connected to Stevens' machines.

You're right - it doesn't need to be a bridge.  There are three options I 
can think of:

1) a bridge
2) a wireless repeater (WDS - which wouldn't work in this specific case, 
iirc, as the router at the other end needs to be configured for it)
3) a wireless client

> So the router needs to route from wirless to wired and vice versa, not
> to bridge anything.

That's operating in Client mode, and many (if not most) routers can do that.  

One advantage to using a router for the purpose is that if you can get a 
signal at all with a laptop, you could use a router with a nice directional 
antenna and get a great signal.

A disadvantage to using a router in client mode is that it isn't actually 
_routing_ - so you're not on a separate subnet, and you should have your own 
firewall up.

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