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Combining wireless networks?


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My friend/neighbor and I were thinking of trying to link our networks. We share files between us quite a bit, and it would make it much easier for us to be able to access our individual file servers. I'm running a Blitzz BWA711 router(hey, don't knock it, I love this thing!) and he just bought a Linksys WRT350NG or something like that. I'm running a freenas file server, and he's running a USB drive connected to the router.

As of right now, we have laptop only access, and have to switch networks if we want to transmit a file easily.

Also, if we could bridge our internet connections as well, that could be a bonus. I don't really know of a way to do it, but I'm now expert either.

Thanks everyone!

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That's kinda what I was thinking Vak. We have 2 routers, my Blitzz and his Linksys. But I wsa under the assumption that on a client bridge, one router acts as an AP. That would eliminate one of the internet connections completely.

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Like a wireless repeater?

The difficulty would be:

Two consumer grade routers on the same network isn't very fun.

DHCP servers running on both

Internet connections on both

You would need some rather crazy hardware to make load balancing work.

Crazy hardware definition:

Computer running Linux (ubuntu!) with a wireless card that works and and two standard NICs.

The router at the house that the computer isn't at would need to have the wireless setup so that only the computer can connect to it. From there, the computer would need to be connected to the other internet connection some how, then the other wireless router connected to that computer. Providing all the settings are correct, now you have load balanced two internet connections.

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I know I could do it with changing it into a briige, bt I'm on contract for my internet, and f I remember right he is to. I think I may try something like what Sparda mentioned and set up another system with a wireless card. That, or maybe set a computer up on each system(we have about 15 systems or more between the 2 of us, this isn't a problem). Maybe have each one connected to the network on each houe, and do an ad-hoc over the wifi cards?

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Its easier if you only have one machine you want to share with him, you both buy a 2nd wireless card and connect it to each others network. If you want to share access to your entire lan, you will need to bride these connections. So, make sure your using different IP ranges (192.168.1.* and 192.168.2.*), then setup a box that connects to his network and bridges the 2 networks. I'm not entirely sure how well this would work, but its where i would start.

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We do that now. Either that, or we can swtch the network our laptops connect to and do that. We were just looking for a way to make it a bit easier. This way if one of us is gone, we don't have to go over and boot up the other ones machine and what not. The file servers are on all the time.

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Even quicker, set up something like xampp on each of your boxes, then place all your shared files in a password protected directory and download what you want from each other. It would be safer network wise and faster as far as wireless goes. Also, you can use a little php and place an upload script behind that password protected directory and you can then send to each other as well if there is something you want to send him when he is away from home and he can then access the file from his box from any remote location and you do not need to leave your side up all the time for him to download from you. Everything can be done over SSL using xampp. The hardest part about the whole setup is securing MyPHP Admin and the MySQL side of it and then por forwarding it on the router, but that takes like 30 seconds to set passwords for everything and setup the router ports and your firewall.

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I did a similar thing in my house, I bridged 2 wireless linksys access points so I could get the network from downstairs to upstairs. Couldn't you do a similar thing? The other option would be to have a second wireless card in your PC or laptop?

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The problem is that they have 2 WAN connections. So they need to do something like this. (where --- = bridge)

WAN          WAN

  |                |

  |                |

  |------------|

  |                |

LAN            LAN

A 2nd wireless card in each PC would work, one to there own AP, and another to the others AP.

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Both of the systems we will be using are hardwired to their individual nets, so I think the idea of running a wifi card in each and bridging the 2 is probably our best bet. Now, the question is, what would be better.. Ad-hoc the 2 systems, or tie the wifi cards for each system into the other networks routers?

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Connect to the others network. Now, all you need to do is setup routing the traffic, which is something I don't know much about. Basically, if your using 192.168.1.*,  your router needs a rule that if it sees traffic going to 192.168.2.*, it has to be sent to the machine with the wireless connection to the others network, which is setup to bridge the connection between the to networks. This would allow you access to both networks in there entirety from any machine on either network.

If you only want to access each others file servers, it gets much simpler. Just put a wireless card in each file server, in addition to the wired connection to your own LAN, and connect it to the others network. This means its a client on both networks, and you can pull files off of the others file server from any machine on your network, but they are limited to just your file server and visa versa.

I must admit I'm on shaky ground here. I think either should work, but if anyone has spotted a flaw in my ideas, please point it out.

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I was just realizing a mesh network will not work for your situation.  Vako you have a good idea (don't quite understand it), but I am pretty sure that the routers they have won't handle that.  Bridging is a good idea, but then you are not using your own network recources.  Maybe, if you buy another router, and setup DD-WRT on that, then bridge with that one.  You can connect to both networks.  It is not quite what you asked for, but getting there.

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