Anecdote – forcing wifi bridge to connect to other AP

This specific content was written 10 years ago. Please keep this in mind as it may be outdated and not adhering to best-practices.

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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