I am looking for a specific product but it seems that MicroCenter doesn't have it, and I am not sure it even exists. Can't find much on Google either.
I'm looking for a "hub" with a USB female insert, where you can take a Wifi adapter and plug it in, and this will take your Wifi signal and then send to to several ethernet ports, which you can plug in ethernet cables to send to multiple devices. I have a computer rack at home and not all the devices have Wifi capabilities, and my home is not internally wired with ethernet to any wall outlet, so this "hub" would suit me, rather than have me buy several Wifi adapters for each of the devices.
Does something like this exists and what would it be called?
It occurs to me however that I could try to use some kind of USB to ethernet adapter and then feed that ethernet cord into a basic ethernet switch and then connect that switch to my devices. But once connected to a computer, would the signal be successfully recognized with one or multiple devices from this type of daisy chain?
I'm unclear on what your setup is exactly, but it sounds like you just need a router in AP mode. This would connect to your existing router like a wireless bridge, then you can connect your devices to the AP via ethernet, add a switch if needed.
Adding a little more information that might help. More specifically you're looking for a router that supports WDS, that'll function as a wireless AP. Here's some information from ASUS on how that's setup. They tend to make this pretty simple: https://www.asus.com/us/support/FAQ/114612/
Thanks that is a better solution, I was over thinking this and I will try to set that up.
I'm afraid I have to re-open this question because it is not yet solved...
So in trying this solution that you suggested, I just recently bought a second router (same model as my first) and have it configured so that it has 1) power and 2) is connected via ethernet to two devices.
However it is NOT connected to my first router via ethernet cable. I do not want to connect it to my first router via ethernet, I want it to instead repeat the signal from my first router by being a wireless bridge, as you mentioned. I do not see the option for that in my router's settings and that is where I am stuck.
To create a wireless bridge your router requires WDS support. What router do you have?
Root router: TPLink AX1500 - No WDS/RE support.
Secondary Router: TPLink Archer C80 - WDS/RE support after a firmware update. However I am trying to contact their customer support for a walkthrough in setting it up properly since I am having trouble getting it working.
I understand the Root router doesn't need WDS/RE support as long as the Secondary (that you want to turn into a wifi extender) does. Correct me if I am wrong.
You're correct, only the secondary router needs it. It connects like a range extender or any wireless device.
First make sure you're at least on the Archer C80(US)_V1_210128 firmware version, WDS support was added later: https://www.tp-link.com/us/support/download/archer-c80/#Firmware
Here's the TP-Link guide on WDS setup: https://www.tp-link.com/us/support/faq/825/
And I would match the SSID, password and security type so that you can roam.
Thanks for the info. The issue is that the firmware UI doesn't seem to match what is in the guide. Checking WDS after configuring the secondary router in the steps doesn't show that it is being "Run" (can't see anything under status). Thats why I need to contact them today.
Good suggestion. I will use the same SSID, password and security of my root router.
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