We've got a wireless modem which I don't have direct access and now I need to connect 15 PCs to it. These PCs all wired and connected to my 24 port switch.

Now how can I make my switch to connect this wireless network so all these 15 PCs can connect to the internet as well.

As I said I can't plug anything wired to main wireless modem, so it has to be wireless connection between my switch and the main wireless modem.

  • What brand and model is your Wireless modem ? – Dave Cheney May 30 '09 at 12:05

Use a Wifi AP. Most can be run in client mode, and connect to the modem's AP.

  • could you recommend a brand which can run in client mode? – Karma Soone May 30 '09 at 9:55
  • Most can run in client mode, I know that a XyXEL one my folks had can. – J. Polfer Jun 30 '09 at 12:55

I've used an AP set up in bridging mode to connect a switch to a WiFi environment, it worked just fine.

  • how do I know if my router will support this configuration? I have a Billion bipac 7402nx and can see a bridging interface but I've never worked with this kind of setup before so I'm not sure what to look out for. – Jacques Jul 1 '15 at 14:51

linksys routers will do that (that is all I have experience with). I currently run a Linksys WRT54GL v1.1 with Tomato firmware. This is an upgrade from the stock linksys firmware. It unlocks a few more features than the stock firmware will. If you want an even more advanced firware use dd-wrt. alot more features, alot more complicated. I have used both and for my needs, tomato works well at home.


DDWRT running on a Linksys WRT54G can act as a repeater. I have never attempted it before, but have a look at the documentation. I would think it would work.

Its at dd-wrt.com


I'm running several Linksys WAP54G in a shared neighbourhood WiFi-Network. They are a cheap choice for a device that supports client mode.

However, I noticed several of those to switch their MAC address out of the blue. That does not go very well with MAC adresse filters ...

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