Posted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 15:15 Post subject: Network on the Road
Dear DDWRT community.
I am looking for help into how to best set up my network for an RV (travel trailer).
I have a TPLINK station with 3 external antennas. Two antennas (waterproof) are routed to the outside one remains on the inside. Outside antennas are necessary since the aluminium skin of the vehicle destroys wifi signals.
My question is how can i best hook into free wifi hotspot with my router? I want my devices to stay connected to the TP link and have access to locas NAS etc. without having to try to connect every devices to the external hotspot but rather stay connected to my router at all times.
HOW can i set up a public hotspot as my WAN connection?
1. Configure your TPLINK as a client, if possible. If not, flash it with DD-WRT so that it is. If your TPLINK does not support client mode AND is not supported by DD-WRT, replace it with a router that is supported.
2. The radio of your router will no longer be available for client connections once itself is acting as a client. So, either a) get ahold of a wireless AP and connect to your router, or b) get a second router and configure it as a wireless access point.
You should now be able to connect your devices to your wireless AP and have access to the internet.
You could also avoid step 2 if you configure your router to operate in repeater mode. However, I tend to avoid repeater mode because throughput suffers greatly.