Anecdote – forcing wifi bridge to connect to other AP

This is personal anecdote about how to  re-connect to a disconnected wifi bridge if your main AP is off/broken.

Usually our network is layered as follows:

Laptop
<-----[WIFI]----->
DLINK Powerline Enabled AP
<-----[Copper Power Wire]----->
TP LINK Powerline
<-----[Ethernet]----->
ADSL Modem & AP
<-----[WIFI]----->
Asus WL-330N3G 
<-----[ethernet]----->
WD Media Player

So 2 weeks ago the ADSL Modem (AP including LAN DHCP server) died but in the network I continued seeing the SSID. After scanning the network we saw that the ASUS wireless bridge transmits with the same SSID as the ADSL modem / AP. The actual modem is a Belkin but the wireless bridge uses the same SSID as seen below from an iphone app called “Net Analyzer”.

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