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Share WiFi within WiFi in Hotel-Like Situations
Authored by: pdquinlan on Jun 14, '11 01:48:05PM

I get that in "hotel with Ethernet Internet" situations I can connect an Airport Express to hotel's ethernet port to create my own wifi that I can then share with multiple devices - and that these connections are secured per WPA/WPA2. What I would like more info on is for how to have multiple wifi devices share a "hotel's 'one-per-room' wireless" connection. I've tried connecting my Mac via its Airport to a wifi network, and then connecting an Airport Express to that Mac via Ethernet cable to create a second wifi network - and then connecting an Ipad to the second network. The iPad seems to find and connect to the second network (per Settings -> Wi-Fi -> Choose a Network...), but data does not seem to be moving through that connection. Are such wifi networks within wifi networks possible? I hope so, but I have not gotten it to work yet. Any suggestions?



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Share WiFi within WiFi in Hotel-Like Situations
Authored by: TF on Jun 14, '11 02:49:38PM

I don't think I've tried it your way, but I've had success the other reverse order: Hotel wifi --> APEx (just as Join with "share to ethernet" checked) --> wired to Macbook --> Macbook Internet sharing, sharing its ethernet over wifi --> private wifi network created by macbook --> ipad/iphone/etc connect to macbook.

Just did this recently and it worked relatively well.



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Share WiFi within WiFi in Hotel-Like Situations
Authored by: everkleer80 on Jun 15, '11 06:57:18AM

This should work fine... I have done both, your solution pdquinlan, and TF's solution. Do you have internet connection sharing turned on on your Mac to share the internet connection over ethernet? If this isn't the problem, I know I've occasionally had problems using different types of wireless security... you may want to turn off security while troubleshooting...



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Share WiFi within WiFi in Hotel-Like Situations
Authored by: david-bo on Jun 10, '12 12:48:07AM

Get a router with DD-WRT. It can (the router) receive a signal and then create a new network. Depending on the situation you create either a wireless bridge

http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Wireless_Bridge

or a repeater bridge

http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Repeater_Bridge

You lose half the bandwidth but 802.11g/n bandwidth usually is much higher than a hotel connection anyway.

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