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Re: Help Please: Bridge Mode or Access Point?

m4paws
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Help Please: Bridge Mode or Access Point?

Hello,

I have as my main router a RAXE500 in my home office connected to my PC via ethernet and connected to my modem.  I have a RAX50 that I want to set up in the living room so I can use it as an extra ethernet switch (I have a standalone ethernet switch in that room).  If possible, I would also like to use the RAX50 as a wireless extender and ethernet switch.

 

I don't know whether to use Wireless Bridge or AP mode on the RAX50.  Will either of these modes work to make the RAX50 a switch and a wireless extender?  If so, how would I do that.  Would I disconnect the RAXE500 from my PC in my home office and replace it with the RAX50 and then configure the RAX50 as either a bride or AP?

 

I'm a bit confused and would really appreciate help to figure this all out, step by step.  Thanks in advance.

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microchip8
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Re: Help Please: Bridge Mode or Access Point?

Use Access Point.

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microchip8
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Re: Help Please: Bridge Mode or Access Point?

Use Access Point.
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@microchip8 wrote:
Use Access Point.

"That's the way to do it."

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m4paws
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Re: Help Please: Bridge Mode or Access Point?

Thanks very much, I will give it a try.  One other question, is there any benefit, once I set up the RAX50 as an AP, to connect it to the ethernet switch that's already in there?  Would step be needed in order to use the ethernet ports on the RAX50?  Or, can I use the RAX50 ethernet ports by just having it as an AP?

 

Thanks again, really appreciate it.

 

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microchip8
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Re: Help Please: Bridge Mode or Access Point?

No additional steps required to use the ethernet ports.
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m4paws
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Re: Help Please: Bridge Mode or Access Point?

I've now set it up as AP.  I guess it must be working as it now shows half the amount of devices on my main router, so maybe they're connecting to the AP?  One thing, when setting up the RAX50 as AP, I believe it gave me the option for it to use DHCP or turn it off.  I wasn't sure so I left it on.  Was that correct?

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microchip8
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Re: Help Please: Bridge Mode or Access Point?

AP mode automatically turns off DHCP. AP mode is acts basically like a switch, not router.
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m4paws
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Re: Help Please: Bridge Mode or Access Point?

Great, thanks so much! I really appreciate your help.

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