Help Setting Up Network

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by macacox, Apr 11, 2012.

  1. macacox macrumors newbie

    Apr 11, 2012
    The building where I work at only has Wireless Internet access. Since my MacPro does not have airport, the way I used to connect to the network from my office was with an Access Point (tp-link tl-wa701) configured in Client Mode.

    Recently more people started working at my office, so I also have 2 Imacs (with Airport). There is barely any signal in my office, since it's located in a new wing of the building. The Imacs and Iphones do not detect the network long enough to connect. Therefore I decided to use the AP, wich has a greater reception range and can establish a good connection, to create an office network within the Wireless Network.

    This is how I've set up:
    My AP (in client mode) connects to the building's Wireless Router and then relays the signal via ethernet to a Wireless Router, wich retransmits the signal via wlan, and lan to the computers.

    The problem I'm having is that this appears to be a very unstable setup, specially when more than one device connects to the office network.

    The AP also has repeater mode and bridge mode, but I have not been able to set those modes successfully.

    It's important to note that I do not have access to the building's Wireless Router, and will never be able to gain access, for security reasons. The only data I was able to get out of the IT department was the IP and MAC Address of the building's Wireless Router. I was not able to make out the make and model of this router.

    Another detail: When a device connects to the building's network, it uses DHCP for it's IP. The building's network is secured and uses a wep key, which I have configured into the client AP so that it connects.

    Even though I'm currently connected, I'm fairly sure there is a better way to set up what I'm trying to achieve. Any help would be appreciated.
  2. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    What about high gain directional antenna?

    Or place receiver closer to the building wifi station and run longer ethernet cable to your office area?
  3. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    Get a new IT department, one that knows how to pull cables and network computers. Or move nearer a Starbucks.

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