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Wireless network Du strange system rewire help! Extension

by bradgibbs1 / October 27, 2012 8:01 AM PDT

Hello all,

I have a query on whether my idea of a wireless network would work.

I live in the UAE as an expat so I'm with Du as my provider. Now they've done a bit of a strange thing in my ceiling for the internet, so I'll start with the network infrastructure.

The apartment has ethernet ports all over for connectivity. All these internally wire back to a central location where they all feed into a what I assume is a patch panel. Now theres about 20 of these.

Here's where it gets a bit odd...

Du have put in 5 cables coming from a wall which leads into parts of the building I have obviously no access too, so instead of the normal input cable > modem > router > ports. Its already routed so to speak. Each ethernet input has a different IP.

Now, will my below plan work effectively:

Wire one of the inputs into a router, then wire an output from the router to a network switch, and link the entire patch panel into the switch.

Put 3 access points (routers converted) around my apartment wired into the ethernet ports (which intern go back to the patch panel > switch)

I know this may sound confusing, but would it work?

Thanks if you manage to comprehend this!


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What is that "wire" you write about?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 27, 2012 8:04 AM PDT

I don't "wire" but use an Ethernet cable from a port to another. I don't "wire" such up but there are folk in the world that do "wire" things. So with that out of the way, why not run this to your router's WAN port and try it?

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Wire, sorry abbreviation for using an ethernet cable!
by bradgibbs1 / October 27, 2012 8:13 AM PDT

Thanks for the response.
Sorry, by wire I got a bit carried away and mean just use an ethernet cable from port to port! Happy

I need to buy equipment so I was just hoping to see if anyone would see this as a logical idea or an impractical one.

I basically need all the rooms ethernet ports to work, and use wireless access points to have wifi in the place too.

As currently i can only use 1/4 of the ports because du haven't supplied a router... just given 5 input ethernets with an ip to match!

Thanks again bob!

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For example.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 27, 2012 3:43 PM PDT

Just an example. When I travel I take a "travel router" with me. Don't get confuse by the word travel. It's just a smaller router that travels well.

I often connect that to my room's Ethernet so I can get more than one PC connected without paying a per-PC charge. You are doing the same.

I can't guess why you haven't done this before but it's very common.

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