Longshine Access point in Client Mode
If you've got a Longshine WA5-45 Access Point you must have seen the tiny switch with the word 'Client' underneath. If you flip this switch, your AP changes from a WLAN radiator to a WLAN vaccuum cleaner! It sucks up all the (unused) bits of WLAN which are in reach.
Of course you need to have the key to the WLAN domain you want to connect to. Still, if there is an open AP (Access Point) in your neighbourhood you can just connect as is and you are an instantaneous part of that network! I tried it. It works GREAT. The laptop connected to the AP in client mode behaves as if it was connected by an invisible UTP cable! Way to go Longshine!
This section takes you by the hand in setting up the WA5-45 to be converted to a vaccuum cleaner! For this all to work, connect the AP directly to a computer (a Laptop will do fine) with a string of UTP. No switches or routers should be in between. Just the laptop, the AP and one stretch of UTP in between.
Step 1: Preparations
Now there are two possibillities:
So you got yourself a used WA5-45 and you want to convert it to a VC (Vaccuum Cleaner) mode. In fact this is easy, yet you need to be able to access the AP. If you have the IP address and password of the AP you're done:
If you cannot log on to the AP, you need to reset it. This may be a little tricky. Most of the times it works immediately. If in doubt, consult the manual at http://longshine.de/longshine/products/wireless/WA5-45/WA5-45-manual_eng.pdf or http://longshine.de/longshine/p_wireless.php?lang=eng Anyway, you need to activate the reset circuitry:
Step 2: the brand spanking new AP
Congratulations. You got yourself one of the most versatile yet affordable access points on earth. If your home network is not using 192.168.1.xxx you need to adapt it to fit your IP range and netmask.
Step 3: Flip the switch
First, log on the Access Point from within your own network. And now: flip the switch. The AP needs to reconsider it's sins and after few seconds it will return with a slightly different user interface (in your webbrowser).
Step 4: Configure the AP in VC mode
From now on the AP is in Nilfisk mode. But it cannot nilfisk bits from nowhere. So it needs to log on to an available network station (another AP which is still in AP mode):
And this is how it looks in a graph
The setup is now easy. The AP in VC mode will connect to the running AP (which does not need to be another Longshine AP, any brand will do) with the consistent security codes. The short UTP cable will now tie in the laptop (or printer or whatever) into a kind of island in your network.
You may connect a single device to the AP (like the laptop we used for setting it up) but if you connect the
AP in VC mode to an ethernet switch (any kind will do, at 54 Mbps) you can tie a complete wired network into
your existing wired or wireless network.
Of course you are not that kind of man, but there are men whose spouses prohibit any kind of UTP cable in the livingroom, and they need to give in. (If they were smart enough, these men would disguise the UTP cable as a powercord for the TV set and that would make it all very acceptable, but they're not, so they need this method).
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