I have a NAS, music streamer, network printer and PC that are hooked up to a 5 port switch on the ground floor, unfortunately the powerline connection here is very flakey.
I have tried "bridging" using the wi-fi signal from the Access Point using a Buffalo Linkstation Bridge (WLAE-AG300N) which picks up the wi-fi and feeds it to the switch using a Cat5 cable. All devices pick up their IP from the router using DHCP.
The problem is this appears to have split my network in half with devices either side of the bridged connection unable to talk to the devices on the other. In a bit more detail:
- Both sides of the network can "see" the router.
- Both sides of the network can access the internet via the router.
- Computers connected to the Access Point or Router cannot "see" the NAS, computer and printer on the Buffalo side of the bridge.
- The computer behind the Buffalo bridge cannot "see" computers connected by wi-fi using the Access Point or Router.
Because of this I have had to reinstate the powerline connection which shows 10mb/s up and down in order to use the NAS which is my main backup device and the printer. This is compared to about 400mb/s at my other powerline plugs, and is considerably slower than the connection using wi-fi.
I have made sure that I have not enabled Access Point "isolation" on the devices either side of the bridge. Am I doing anything stupid here?
Ultimately I will be rewiring and putting new sockets into the room with the flakey powerline connection, but I am surprised wi-fi bridging appears so complicated and this has me perplexed.
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