Hope this is the right place to ask... I’ve just moved to a new house where the router is in the front room.
There is a wired cat5 link to the back room which I have set up as an office/studio space and I’d like to have another access point there for wifi and wired connection. Do I need a bridge, a switch or something else?
My old router can be set up as a bridge, but no matter how I’ve looked it up I’ve not been able to figure out the actual difference between a switch and a bridge and the potential pros and cons...?!
Sorry if it’s a bit of a dumb question!
I’ve got a version of this, and I run the Ethernet cable to a switch and then run another Ethernet cable to a wifi access point.
Having a switch there means I can also cable up the desktop and my missus laptop if the wifi connection drops out for any reason..
You need a switch for the wired connections, and an access point for the wireless connections. Or a device that can do both.
Forget the bridge bit, not relevant in this case. That's about joining multiple networks.
Given you have a spare router, configure it as an access point, and test to (a) confirm it acts as a switch (b) see if wireless handoff is really an issue.
Then worry about whether you need new kit.
If you have the cash I'd advise turning off WiFi in your router, add a switch in the office (~£30) and a pair of dedicated access points (eg Ubiquiti UAP-AC-LITE ~£75 each).
Switch in the office has three ports in use (to the router, to the AP and to your PC in there). Your router probably has a switch to connect the front AP.
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