There are a lot of solutions to the problem of having the same Internet experience in a second building (this is in a residential context), but there always seems to be a trade-off in the far location. Ideally, I would like to take a laptop into either home, connect to the AP, and run a speed test and get the same results for both places.
I have two adjacent (~600 feet) homes and I extend my Internet with a WDS AP and Bridge combination (EnGenius ENH-202). I run a CAT5 from the far end radio into the house and go straight to a ‘regular’ wireless access point for internet coverage, streaming, etc. But the wireless link between houses consumes so much bandwidth, the speed and availability at the far location is about 1/3 what it is in the main house. I thought a WDS configuration would give me a transparent ‘virtual cable’ type extension. All of my wireless AP’s in either house are cheap 2.4 Ghz units, and the ENH202 link is 2.4 Ghz as well.
Cascading two wireless links seems to be so bandwidth-hungry by definition that it’s almost not worth the effort. Running CAT5 between the homes is not an option for terrain reasons.
Am I stuck with this solution, or is there a truly transparent wireless link that does not cost so much in terms of bandwidth?