I am wanting to ascertain whether I can use my router in a particular way, however I have found it difficult to do a search because I unfamiliar with some WiFi terminology.
I am interesting in relaying wi-fi to wi-fi signals.
=== wired connection ... wi-fi connection
Among the many ways to relay a wi-fi signal I am interested in two in particular.
It seems possible that a computer with two wi-fi NIC's could do it even if a single router could not. I read a web page where someone did something similar to METHOD 2 using two Linksys routers in place of Router2.
Using the following text-diagram (fixed with font required)
Internet ===== Router1 ......... Router2 ......Comp3 . . . . Comp1 Comp2
METHOD 1: In this mode when comp2 or comp3 requested an IP, Router2 would pass the request over to Router1, then Router1 would assign the IP for Comp2 and Comp3. From then on Packets packets going ether way between the Internet and Comp2 Comp3 would pass through Router2 and Router2.
METHOD 2: Router2 uses NAT. When Router2 is first turned on it request an IP from Router1. When Comp2 or Comp3 make a request for an IP# it is assigned a number by router2. From then on when Comp2 or Comp3 make a request for data Router1 sends treated that data as if it were destined to router2. It is Router2 that determines whether the data goes to Comp2 or Comp3
I'm not sure if these types of wi-fi to wi-fi bridging have a name or not. From what I've read it seams that WDS is not exactly the same as method 1, because WDS use a vendor specific protocol is usually not work when Router1 and Router2 have different manufactures. In METHOD 1 I would prefer to use standard IP protocol or tunneling.
PS. in case anyone is interested, I will be placing the router in the house owned/build by my roommates fiancee who is the father of the person of the Internet connection. They don't want a lot of wires running around the house.