EAP225 as wireless bridge?

EAP225 as wireless bridge?
EAP225 as wireless bridge?
2020-04-11 21:05:04
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I needed to put something in the backyear to get a signal from my router and have internet in the larger area. I got EAP225 but it seems this device needs to be connected to LAN to get internet. IS there a way to get it as client or as a bridge on the other network. My router in also tp-link c50 if that matters.

 

Best,

OI

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Re:EAP225 as wireless bridge?
2020-04-12 01:02:16

Hello @netnewbie,

 

Unfortunately the EAP225 cannot join an existing Wifi network as a client (or STAtion).  But, if you buy a second one, you can create a wireless MESH between the one in the yard and one in the house which is connected to your router via Ethernet.

 

The EAP in the yard (connected via Wireless MESH) can also host Wifi and Ethernet clients simulatenously over the Wifi bridge.

 

Alternatively, you could buy an outdoor AP, and mount it to the side of your house and set it up with directional antennas pointing into your yard.  Backhaul for this could be Ethernet, MOCA bridge, or PowerLine bridge.

 

Or something like this Travel Router:


TP-Link AC750 Wireless Portable Nano Travel Router - WiFi Bridge/Range Extender/Access Point/Client Modes, Mobile in Pocket(TL-WR902AC)

https://www.amazon.com/TP-Link-Wireless-Travel-Router-TL-WR902AC/dp/B01N5RCZQH/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=Wireless+Portable+Travel+Router&qid=1586653223&sr=8-3 

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Re:EAP225 as wireless bridge?
2020-04-13 11:50:46

@JSchnee21  Thats not correct.  EAP-225 Outdoor is able to connect as Meshing network. I have 3 EAP-225 Outdoor connected as meshing network. You need a recent firmware. The ethernet adapter on the remote Meshing AP can be used to bridge.

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Re:EAP225 as wireless bridge?
2020-04-13 12:33:31

Hello @Ronald1965,

 

You are correct.  But, I believe the OP said that he has only ONE Outdoor 225 -- and no other MESH capable AP's.  He does have a TP Link Router (Tp-link c50), but I'm not sure (I don't think) it can be a root node for the MESH.

 

-Jonathan

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Re:EAP225 as wireless bridge?
2020-04-13 12:35:15 - last edited 2020-04-13 12:39:33

Ronald1965, of course, JSchnee21 is correct. You cannot wirelessly link the existing EAP225-Outdoor to the existing TP-Link C50 WLAN. That was the question of the OP.

 

You cannot even link any EAP225 wirelessly to a WLAN of any kind other than the implicitly defined mesh WLAN of a root node . Thus, you can mesh it with a second EAP225 or EAP225-Outdoor only (and soon with EAP245). EAPs use a proprietary protocol for meshing.

 

But meshing an EAP225-Outdoor to a second EAP225-Outdoor does not make much sense if the backyard is within the range of an EAP225-Outdoor mounted at the house. It can cover an area up to 100m (radius) or 200m (diameter), provided the client's signal is also strong enough to be received by the EAP225-Outdoor. Thus, no mesh needed in such case.

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Re:EAP225 as wireless bridge?
2020-04-13 12:36:03

@JSchnee21, now you just did punch me. :-D

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Re:EAP225 as wireless bridge?
2020-04-14 17:14:47

@JSchnee21 oh i misunderstood then. 

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Re:EAP225 as wireless bridge?
2020-05-05 12:38:06

Dear @R1D2 ,

I want to set up wireless with eap devices in this building.  One flat is 20'x20' and including two rooms. Can be covered with eap mesh? I don't want to use wire. 

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Re:EAP225 as wireless bridge?
2020-05-05 12:47:42

Hi @netnewbie,

 

Could you clarify?  You want to setup Wifi in ONE apartment/condo which consists of two rooms.  Or you want to setup Wifi in the entire building where each "unit" consists of two rooms?

 

If you are only doing one apartment, as single EAP225V3 should be more than enough.  But it will need to be wired to your router / ISP.

 

If you want to supply Wifi to the entire building, that is something different entirely, and wireless MESH isn't going to cut it.

 

-Jonathan

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Re:EAP225 as wireless bridge?
2020-05-05 15:19:58

@JSchnee21 

I want to gives wifi internet these rooms and opposide side rooms. These wall is about 6" thick.

My distance to that place is about 45 feet. If I will  use 2 eap225 outdoor devices, ok?  Thanks

 

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Re:EAP225 as wireless bridge?
2020-05-05 16:25:20

Hi @netnewbie,

 

Maybe, but I think it would be a stretch.  Wireless MESH on the 225 only uses 5.8GHz which doesn't carry or penetrate well.  Perhaps if each of the EAPS are next to the window (or outside the window).  The signal is unlikely to go through the outer wall especially if that is block or plaster.  It barely goes through my drywall/studs/insulation/vinyl siding from inside of my house to outside.

 

Some other options you could consider:

 

EAP225-Outdoor configured (one per apartment) as a MESH with an EAP225 in the center.  I'm not sure if the 225-Outdoor can be a Master node or whether you need one regular EAP225 (non outdoor) to the master node.

 

You could mount one EAP225 outdoor for each apartment.  MESH with an EAP225 in the middle, and then run Ethernet from the 225 Outdoor into each apartment and connect the devices inside of the apartment or to another AP.

 

Alternatively, TP-Link makes long distance devices for point to point links (e.g. CPE510).  You would need 4 of these.  Two in the middle (one pointing to each apartment) and then a receiver on each side.  Then hardwire from these to an AP inside of each apartment.

 

-Jonathan

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