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WRT54G as wireless and wired access point

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January 7, 2011 3:02:22 PM

I have a Linksys WRT54G as my primary router connected to my cable modem in my bedroom. I have configured an Apple Airport Express in my den as a wireless access point, connected via ethernet cable to the WRT54G. Now, however, there is a device in my den that I need to connect to my network with an ethernet cable, and the Airport Express has only one ethernet port. If I buy another WRT54G and configure it as a wireless access point can I also plug this device into it for a wired connection?

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January 7, 2011 3:55:12 PM
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Why not get a 5-8 port smart switch? WRT54G <--> switch <--Airport on port 1, PC1 on port 2, PC2 on port 3, and so on...
January 7, 2011 4:01:56 PM

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Netgear FS105 will do it since the router max speed is 100Mb
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January 7, 2011 4:42:00 PM

tkrl26 said:
Why not get a 5-8 port smart switch? WRT54G <--> switch <--Airport on port 1, PC1 on port 2, PC2 on port 3, and so on...


Doesn't a switch allow only one connection at a time, and aren't they much more expensive than a $40 router?
January 7, 2011 4:59:40 PM

In a router the WAN side connects internally to a switch which then connects to the wireless board.

So using another router as an AP will function the same way then connecting a Airport to a switch. The only difference is one device vs two devices.

Here the FS105 is currently $20 plus it has a $10 mail in rebate.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
January 7, 2011 5:01:58 PM

I'm not averse to the ethernet switch idea, but if the router will work just as well, then for about the same money I can free up my Airport Express for something else.
January 7, 2011 5:22:51 PM

Emerald said:
In a router the WAN side connects internally to a switch which then connects to the wireless board.

So using another router as an AP will function the same way then connecting a Airport to a switch. The only difference is one device vs two devices.

Here the FS105 is currently $20 plus it has a $10 mail in rebate.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thanks for the tip! I just ordered it. Plug and play is easier than configuring the router.
January 8, 2011 11:38:10 AM

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