Trying to use a laptop as a wireless access point - I'm a total Bambi

  • I have a Dell Latitude D420 that I'd like to run pfsense on as a wireless access point, but I'm bumbling my way through it without the slightest clue what I'm doing. I'll try to describe exactly what I'm doing.

    I have a cat5 cable running out the WAN port of my router into the ethernet port of my computer. I'm hoping to use that as the connection to the web. I want to use the wireless card in the laptop to broadcast wifi. But I have no idea how to configure this. Could any of you guys help? I would really appreciate it.

  • Netgate Administrator

    Hi, welcome!  :)

    If you're using the laptop as an AP behind your existing router it should be connected to one of the LAN ports on the router. The WAN port connects to whatever device you have for connecting to the internet, cable modem for example.

    The Latitude D420 appears to have been fitted with several different models of wifi hardware. pfSense has limited support for wifi hardware so it's all important. Do you know what is fitted to yours?

    Have you already installed pfSense?


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