I'm trying to setup a complicated wifi network with the gear I have at hand and am at my wits end. Any help or advise woiuld be great.
Here's what I have: Old isp router/modem, newer modem/router, usb wifi card with directional external antenna,and some computers, phones, and external harddrive
What I want to do: ISP modem/router works fine at my house. On the back of my farm I have a mother-in-law type place with no telephone service and some trees between us. the home router can't reach that far so here is what I did to get the signal. Directional antenna thru an old laptop bridged to and ethernet connection to the newer router.
I don't want to use ad-hoc because of security, shared external drive has personal info, and the phones don't seem to want to connect to it reliably. I know this can be done but I am way out of my league. I can pick up the signal at the in-law unit but once i bridge it stops working completly. I've spent more time on this then my wife will tolerate and I need admit it beat me.
Once I start looking at ip settings, dchp settings, dns settings, client settings I am just overwelmed. For instance I turned the DCHP off on the second router and now the ip of the bridging computer says autoconfig ip, strange ip, and won't let me log into the router anymore.