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I have a desktop PC sharing my internet connection using 2 NICs and ICS.... I have tried adding a wireless adapter to act as an AP with no success. I thought it would just share with the shared NIC like the other adapter does..... turns out not to be that simple..... Any thoughts?



Setup:
Cable modem > NIC1(host machine)>NIC2(host machine)>Dlink router> to all other computers and devices

My main purpose of doing this is to expand my WiFi signal and I just feel like tinkering because that's what we all love to do here right? thumb.gif
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are you using an OS like pfSense?
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No , just windows 7 with internet connection sharing enabled.... First I've heard of that, my networking skills are above average but not much beyond that.... is that basically an OS that strictly runs as router/firewall?
    
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yes, its an OS thats good for turning a rig into a router/firewall.. its a customised from the open source FreeBSD project. it will be perfect for what you want to do aslong as you can spare a rig for it and read up on adding wireless to it thumb.gif

some links
http://doc.pfsense.org/index.php?title=Special%3ASearch&search=wireless&go=
http://doc.pfsense.org/index.php/Features_List
http://doc.pfsense.org/index.php/Main_Page
http://www.pfsense.org/

hope you find them usefull smile.gif
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Thanks for the information and links. I will have to read up on that after I get out of work tomorrow. Any idea if windows is capable of doing this though?
    
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I have a desktop PC sharing my internet connection using 2 NICs and ICS.... I have tried adding a wireless adapter to act as an AP with no success. I thought it would just share with the shared NIC like the other adapter does..... turns out not to be that simple..... Any thoughts?
Setup:
Cable modem > NIC1(host machine)>NIC2(host machine)>Dlink router> to all other computers and devices
My main purpose of doing this is to expand my WiFi signal and I just feel like tinkering because that's what we all love to do here right? thumb.gif

You place your PC after the modem? Why don't use the router after the modem?
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Thanks for the information and links. I will have to read up on that after I get out of work tomorrow. Any idea if windows is capable of doing this though?

im not 100% sure if windows is capable of doing this.. if your using a pc just for a router/ wireless ap/fw windows would be wasted and its bloatware in this case. something like pfSense uses very little computing power/resourses.. depending on the specs of the rig your using for this, you could probably gut it like removing RAM/HDDs (run it of a USB stick), downgrade the cpu and use the excess parts in another rig or whatever you like smile.gif
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That setup sounds horrendous.
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If you really want to do this with Windows there is a program called connectify that allows you to bridge your wireless and wired connection together and create an AP.
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Quote:
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You place your PC after the modem? Why don't use the router after the modem?

The "PC router" is right after the modem because that is the only place I have space for it right now. The D Link router is on the opposite side of the house near 2 PC's using wired connections and also providing WiFi to 3 other devices within the area. I'm trying to create an AP near the modem to give a stronger signal to the other 3 WiFi devices on that side of the house.
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im not 100% sure if windows is capable of doing this.. if your using a pc just for a router/ wireless ap/fw windows would be wasted and its bloatware in this case. something like pfSense uses very little computing power/resourses.. depending on the specs of the rig your using for this, you could probably gut it like removing RAM/HDDs (run it of a USB stick), downgrade the cpu and use the excess parts in another rig or whatever you like smile.gif

I am considering pfSense but I like the idea of the PC to be somewhat functional as well as a router and access point.
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That setup sounds horrendous.

Really? Why post if your not going to contribute in a positive manner? There really should be a negative Rep button. rolleyes.gif
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Originally Posted by DraXxus1549 View Post

If you really want to do this with Windows there is a program called connectify that allows you to bridge your wireless and wired connection together and create an AP.
Windows 7 can bridge connections. I played with it briefly but could not successfully get it going with the 3 adapters.
    
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