I want several devices in a room connected to a Ethernet network switch that has reasonably fast wireless as well. Several things in each room will be on the Ethernet, but connections back to the first WAP will be via WiFi. And if I walk in with a WiFi laptop or phone, I'd like a strong signal there. I'd like everything to be on a single network segment, and I'd like to easily be able to see all the machines from any location.
These Buffalo boxes are supposed to be flexible enough to act as WAPs or Bridges or whatever.
In doing some more reading, it looks like what I want is a "Repeater Bridge" - http://www.dd-wrt.co...p/Linking_Routers
Access Point / Switch
Extend the Wireless access area using more routers, with WIRED connections between routers, or turn a wired port on an existing network into a Wireless Access Point. All computers will be on the same network segment, and will be able to see one another in Windows Network.
* Wireless Access Point - Extend Wi-Fi & LAN (Requires physical ethernet connection between routers)
* Switch - Similar config as WAP, but radio disabled (accepts only wired connections)
Repeater / Repeater Bridge
Extend the Wireless access area using a second router WIRELESSLY connected to the primary.
* Repeater Bridge - A wireless repeater with DHCP & NAT disabled, clients on same subnet as host AP (primary router). That is, all computers can see one another in Windows Network.
* Repeater - A wireless repeater with DHCP & NAT enabled, clients on different subnet from host AP (primary router). Computers connected to one router can not see computers connected to other routers in Windows Network.
* Universal Wireless Repeater - Uses a program/script called AutoAP to keep a connection to the nearest/best host AP.
Client / Client Bridge
Connect two wired networks using a WiFi link (WIRELESS connection between two routers).
* Client Bridged - Join two wired networks by two Wireless routers building a bridge. All computers can see one another in Windows Network.
* Client Mode - Join two wired networks by two Wireless routers (unbridged). Computers on one wired network can not see computers on other wired network in Windows Network.
Extend the Wireless access area using more routers connected WIRELESSLY. WDS is a mesh network.
* WDS Linked router network
* WDS Point To Point (P2P)
Extend the Wireless access area using more routers. Extra routers do not need any wired connections to each other. Use several ISP (Internet) connections. OLSR is a mesh network.
* Mesh Networking with OLSR
Or a "Client Bridged" setup may work (but that sounds like it was designed for the case when the two WAPs were possibly on different subnets. The Buffalo software on the new box wants to set up WDS, but it's terribly opaque to me. I've tried following their instructions, but ended up being unable to talk to the box afterward (let alone get past it to 192.168.0.1).
I'll fight with it more later today.
(Who may simply need to flash the latest version of DD-WRT on the boxes to take care of the problems...)