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ok well i just bought an access point...i think i may have bought the wrong thing..from what i read about them, access points can pick up the signal from a wireless router and you can run a cable to the device

for example

i wanted it to go...internet-wireless router....wireless....access point..hub..2 computers and 360?

did i just waste $80?
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Wireless routers are for wireless networking, and don't require an access point, unless you are using it as a signal booster if there are computers too far away from the router to pick up the signal.

When using a WAP: Internet -> Wired Router -> Wireless Access Point (WAP) -> Wireless Clients

What you need is: Internet -> Wireless Router -> Wireless Switch -> Wired Clients

You can't afford a wireless switch, because they cost a couple thousand dollars and are meant for businesses. You are in a bit of a situation, since you have wired clients that need to hook up wirelessly. I don't think it's possible to hook a wired hub with 3 clients up to an access point and have it communicate with the wireless router. It might work, it might not, but I don't believe that it works that way.

It's typical that when using a wireless router, you have wireless clients. When using a WAP, it is typical that you there is a wired router, with wired clients hooked up to it and one or two wireless clients that are connected wirelessly to the access point, using wireless NICs (Network Interface Cards). The WAP needs to be hooked into the network line and then wireless clients connect to the internet through the WAP.

Try it out and see if you can connect. You have to change the setting in the web-based client settings from Access Point to AP Client.
  • Connect the WAP to your computer
  • Enter the WAP's web client address into your internet browser's address bar
  • Under settings or AP Mode, select AP Client
  • Once done, make a fresh connection by using the Network Connection Wizard in the Control Panel
  • Once this is done, see if you can connect to the internet. If you can't, then you know that this method will not work.



By the way, what is the make and model of the access point and router?
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thanks..all try that when i get off tonight...looks like i may just end up ordering the wireless adapter for the 360

the access point is a dlink dwl-2100ap

the router is the dlink gaming model..cant remember the model number off the top of my head...

thank you anyway..rep
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With an access point you should be able to get it to connect to the router but some AP's are very good at it and make life difficult, i would recommend a bridge or one of those gaming adapters...
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Some can be used like this but you need to set them up first to get an ip from your dhcp. your router, this is the hard bit especially over the wirless. I have one for the 360. so it goes net > wireless router > wap > 360.

but this wouldn't set-up via wireless so how I did it was to plug in the wap via the lanport first and it assigned an ip then I stored that as a static in my routers
lan settings. a cd came with the wap with a crappy app on it, which basically hows you the ip it's been assigned and then has a couple of options.

sounds complicated, but they cost $35 rather than the $100 for the 360 adaptor.
    
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