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Can I connect to one wireless network at once?

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Can I connect to one wireless network at once?

Many years ago, you could aggregiate dial up (and ISDN) connections to increase your bandwidth.

If I have access to 2 or 3 independant WiFi LANs each using infrastructure modes, not WEP encrypted can I aggregate the bandwidth? If so what s/w will I need?

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Glen
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Can I connect to one wireless network at once?

No you can't because you will be assigned an IP address from only one Wifi network and it will then just use that for any data transfers. If you loose your connection it may connect to one of the others but not more than one at any one time.

You are talking about channel bonding which was used by some ISPs to allow you to connect using 2 dialup modem or to combine 2 ISDN channels to give you a 128Kbs connection. This is not possible with ADSL without specialist hardware AND an ISP that supports it. I'm not aware of any wifi hardware that supports channel bonding and even ADSL bonding is restricted to a few ISPs (PN is not one of them).
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Can I connect to one wireless network at once?

Superb answer... I'll stop looking move onto some other totally geeky idea to annoy the wife ;-)

Glen
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Can I connect to one wireless network at once?

You may be able to use them if they are on a simliar network range ie if they are all using somthing like 10.0.0.2-10.0.0.255.

Choose ones that have the same range and set up your default gateway to one and add other default gateways for the others.

If you realy want to be clever use a route add from the command line and send it to differant networks for some of the ips