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I've been looking up pfSense lately because my router is starting to take a dump, has anybody successfully turned a laptop into a Wi-Fi router? I understand that you would need 2 NIC's (1 for the modem, another to plug into a hub for more ethernet connections), I also have a Alfa AWUS036H (usb wireless card), could I use that card to be the access point for the Wi-Fi?

Here's some more info if it helps

Laptop : Compaq Presario V6000 (V6133CL) , has onboard 10/100 port for RJ-45
post #2 of 9
Yes it'll work, but only as a wireless access point since you don't have any extra ports for a switch.
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I'm not sure I understand. 1 ethernet will go to my modem and 1 will go to a switch correct? And my wireless will run off of my USB Alfa Network card, correct?
post #4 of 9
u mention that u need 2 NIC's but you only got 1 build in the laptop?

laptop port > modem
need 1 more NIC for switch ( which your missing)
usb wireless card > wifi hotspot
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Your ethernet port will be connected to your modem for your WAN.
You don't have a second NIC for you internal LAN.

If pfsense recognizes you wireless adapters, you can set them as wireless access points.

So basically its just a wireless access point.
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So how do I turn a laptop into a router? Maybe this is the question I should ask
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So how do I turn a laptop into a router? Maybe this is the question I should ask

You'll most likely need a usb nic
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So how do I turn a laptop into a router? Maybe this is the question I should ask

You'll most likely need a usb nic

If you do get something like that... make sure pfsense supports it

http://www.freebsd.org/releases/8.1R/hardware.html#ETHERNET
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