Here is the situation. I live in a condo building. Instead of each unit owner paying for their own internet access, we have decided to experiment with bringing one big fat pipe into the building and having wireless access throughout. Assume everything about this is above board, legal, and not against any terms of service (that part of this project is outside my area of responsibility).
Also…I’m not a tech guy. I’m not in IT, I don’t have an engineering background, and I have just enough knowledge to get myself in trouble. So try to make this easy.
As far as spreading the signal throughout the building, I’m guessing we need “wireless extenders”, which I see on newegg. There also seems to be something called a “wireless bridge”, and I’ll be damned if I can figure out what the difference is. So, do I need to do anything except set up a wireless router connected to the modem and then use extenders and/or bridges to get signal strength throughout the building?
Also, for my own individual purposes…currently, I have a cable modem with a wireless router connected to it and a whole slew of devices plugged into the internet either wired directly into the router or through the wireless signal. Included in this are things that I need to be able to speak to each other, such as my computer and my Apple TV (I stream media wirelessly from the computer to the ATV).
What will I, individually, need to do to keep everything running smoothly? Should I tell my router to connect to the new building-wide network? If I do, my understanding is that the things that are connected through ethernet will continue to be able to connect, and those that are connected wireless will just also change to connecting to the building network.
Would it be better for me to obtain a second router that would receive the building-wide network, then plug my existing wireless router into that one, essentially replacing my cable modem with a second router, and then using my router to create a second, private wireless network within my unit only?
Any advice is much appreciated. I know what I want in the end, but I’m not sure how to get there. I realize this can be sort of a hybrid GQ/IMHO, so mods, please send it where you want.
Thanks to all in advance.