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Windows 7: Wireless Access Point added to a Router

26 May 2011   #1
osu1357

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 
Wireless Access Point added to a Router

I recently set up a Wireless Access Point (AP) in my home network and I had some questions as to how exactly an Access Point works…


I currently have the following network configuration:


- Broadband Cable Modem (in my den)
- Router (in my den)
- Computer (in my den)
- Wireless Access Point (family room)


My broadband cable modem is connected to my router via ethernet cable. I also have an Ethernet cable running from the back of my router directly into my PC. My current setup is in my den (I will explain).

In my family room (which is away from the den) I have my television and several other wireless devices (Roku box, etc). My signal strength is low in my family room due to many walls between my den and family room. I therefore installed a Wireless Access Point in my family room by running an Ethernet cable into my basement and connecting the router in the den to the Wireless Access Point in my family room.

Now here is my question: I set the SSID (or network name) of the Access Point so that it is the same as my current network name (that way I see the AP on the network). Now here is where I need to understand how a wireless Access Point works. If I have a laptop or other wireless device in my family room and search for a wireless signal, am I connecting to my router (that has a weaker wireless signal than the AP) or to my Access Point (stronger because my Access Point is a foot away from my wireless devices) since they both have the same network name? And if I connect at that strong signal and walk into another room where the signal is weaker, does my laptop automatically connect to the wireless router? How do I tell if both my router an wireless Access Point are using the same SSID or network name. I guess what I’m trying to ask is where am I getting my wireless signal from, the Access Point or the Router or both (assume I am in wireless mode).


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27 May 2011   #2
osu1357

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

Did I post this in the wrong forum?

Would have thought this was an easy question
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27 May 2011   #3
billmcl

Windows 7 64 Ultimate
 
 

While I am not the expert you are looking for (I thought it was a reasonable question) my guess is access point as the WiFi will always try to connect with the best signal.
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27 May 2011   #4
Shadowjk

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

You computer will first connect to the Strongest Wireless Signal then stay on that router until you lose signal and then connect to the strongest one again

Of course you can manually change which router to connect to

Hope This Helps,
Josh
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27 May 2011   #5
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Shadow is correct. From your computer's point of view, it doesn't care which one it connects to, it's all the same network. However, once connected, it will not jump channel/router until you disconnect and reconnect.

Here is one of my tutorials showing how to do the same thing using a humble router: it might give you some insight into how it works: Multi Router Network - Configure (What you have done is exactly the same, it's just your device is specifically meant for this, whereas my method isn't really)
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