network setup advice

Discussion in 'Home Networking' started by Guest, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I have a slightly complicated requirement and wonder if some of you
    could offer some advice?

    I have a draytek 2750 which provides wireless coverage of the house and
    works well.

    I have an office underneath the house with 3 computers 2 of which run
    linux and the other has xp. I also have a hp8000 printer in the office.

    The wireless signal down in the office is not reliable enough so I have
    got a draytek ap-800 in the hope I can extend the range of the network.

    What I would like to do but not sure if it is possible, is to connect
    the computers and printer to the ports in the ap-800 and use the
    wireless in the ap-800 to get access to the draytek 2750 and the outside

    I have not found the manual of the access point to be very
    understandable so I wonder which mode in the access point would be best.

    Also, I wonder if the devices in the office should use the dhcp server
    of the access point or get their ip address from the 2750?


    Guest, Apr 26, 2012
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    tinnews Guest

    I'm not *sure* that the ap-800 can do what you want.

    I have a set-up which works like this (i.e. a wireless router running
    as *client* to a WiFi) but I spent a long time searching for a router
    that could *definitely* do this. The router I have is a TP-Link model
    TL-WR743ND which has what it calls a "WiFi client" mode which does
    what you/I want.

    I've looked at the ap-800 user manual and it does appear as if it can
    do what you want though I agree the manual is far from clear.

    Try asking Draytek support, I've found them quite helpful usually.
    tinnews, Apr 26, 2012
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  3. A great resource is the DrayTek UK Users Forum
    the use of which requires registration.
    Anthony R. Gold, Apr 26, 2012
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    Mentalguy2k8 Guest

    Sounds fine.
    Try looking here, click the "WDS" tab and see which mode suits you best:

    They're explained in more detail here:
    As I understand it, an access point (or a 2nd router set up as an access
    point) won't perform DHCP addressing, that'll all be controlled by the
    "main" router instead.
    Mentalguy2k8, Apr 27, 2012
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    Dave Saville Guest

    On Thu, 26 Apr 2012 23:26:39 UTC, "Mentalguy2k8"

    It might - safer to explicitly turn it off.
    Dave Saville, Apr 27, 2012
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