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    Is it possible to do this? (Nvg510)


    Well i have an old Nvg510 gateway from when i had service through AT&T U-verse, but I have long been through with them...but is what im trying to do is connect my nvg510 to a public WiFi HoTspot next to my house so that the signal will be alot stronger for my laptop to pick up. How would i go about doing this? is it possible? Im not having much luck on anything through google.

    I appreciate any assistance with this!

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    It sounds like you are trying to use this device (which is pretty much a POS bit of hardware gear with even more crappy software) as a WiFi bridge. My advice? Don't bother! You can get a decent WiFi bridge that will connect your local AP (including this device) with an external AP for under $50USD. I have a D-Link one that I used to use to eliminate ethernet cables in my house. I had it connected to my house AP and locally to an ethernet switch, which I connected my computer, printer, and NAS gear to. So, use bridge to connect to public AP and connect that to your NVG510 via the ethernet switch ports, and then you can use the NVG510 as your local AP. That should work just fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rubberman View Post
    It sounds like you are trying to use this device (which is pretty much a POS bit of hardware gear with even more crappy software) as a WiFi bridge. My advice? Don't bother! You can get a decent WiFi bridge that will connect your local AP (including this device) with an external AP for under $50USD. I have a D-Link one that I used to use to eliminate ethernet cables in my house. I had it connected to my house AP and locally to an ethernet switch, which I connected my computer, printer, and NAS gear to. So, use bridge to connect to public AP and connect that to your NVG510 via the ethernet switch ports, and then you can use the NVG510 as your local AP. That should work just fine.
    very nice info Rubber, i really appreciate it i will look into that.

    But the reason i asked is because its free lol i already have it.. i was just wanting to experiment and see if it could be done

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    Another approach is to configure an AP as a relay/repeater. It can pickup the public AP and rebroadcast that signal in your home. I don't know if your gear can do that. That is the only approach which would avoid getting more gear. So, there are a couple of approaches:

    1. Get a WiFi bridge and connect that to your AP, using your local AP for your computers, and that will use the bridge to the public AP as its internet link, instead of the DSL/U-Verse wire line.
    2. If you can configure your AP as a relay/repeater for the public AP, then that effectively does what #1 will do, but with only 1 piece of gear. If it can't be configured as a repeater then you can get repeaters easily (and cheaply) enough that will pick up the public AP and rebroadcast that in your house. Many people use these when their in-house AP is not strong enough to get to the far reaches of the home.

    I applaud your willingness to experiment. I do that with old gear, but when I'm in a hurry to get stuff just working, I usually purchase some more up-to-date gear since most is very reasonably priced these days and generally have a lot more features and flexibility than the older cruft does.
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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