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I have a D-Link router and a TP-Link access point configured as a wireless repeater. I would like to know whether I'm currently connected directly to the router or to the repeater. I guess the easiest way to find out is to see if the MAC address of the network I'm connected to is the same as the router's or as the repeater's MAC. However, I don't know the router/repeater MAC addresses and I also don't know what's the MAC address of the network I'm connected to.

How do I find the mentioned information?

I'm using Windows 7.

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can you log into both router and access point configuration pages via a web browser? It would help if you knew the router and access point IP addresses. Example: would bring you to your D-Link router setup page and would bring you to your TP-Link access point setup page. –  CheeseConQueso Jun 18 '13 at 19:59

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When using a repeater the repeater usually will have the same SSID as your WiFi AP. However, it will always have a different BSSID (think of it as of the MAC address of a network interface).

So, in order to tell to which device you're connected, you have to find a way to display the BSSID you're (currently) connected to. While I was able to find a command for windows which will show you all the known BSSIDs of a SSID:

netsh wlan show network mode=BSSID

I was not able to display the BSSID which is currently used (eventually someone here is aware of such a built-in command). However, I found a tool which will show you the available BSSIDs and make it possible for you to connect to a specific BSSID: checkout NetSetMan at .

Once installed and started, go to "Tools"-->"NSM WiFi Management". You'll see all SSIDs listed and if a SSID has multiple BSSIDs - as it will if it's using a repeater - you can look at those BSSIDs if you hover over the SSID with your mouse.

If you're on Android you can use Apps like "WiFi Analyzer" which will also present you with the BSSID.

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If your devices are on specified frequencies, you may also be able to tell that way ? –  davidgo Jun 9 at 23:25
No, a repeater will always repeat the signal of the AP. Thus, it's using the same frequency as the AP. This in fact seems to be one of the hard requirements for repeaters as defined in the WiFi standards - if your repeater does it differently, it's probably not following the standard or your configured it to be an AP rather then a repeater. –  masi Jun 13 at 13:31
Just learnt something - thank you. –  davidgo Jun 13 at 22:50

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