So I just realized this works - is this normal?
I have a wired router which is connected to a modem.
I have another wireless router which has 5 LAN ports. I connect port 1 to port 1 between the wired router and wireless router.
I setup the wireless router to automatic (DHCP) and the wireless portion to act as a standard AP. I connect my computers to this wireless AP.
The wireless clients get the IP address from the wired router .
I would think the wireless clients would get the DHCP from the wireless router. but it doesn't - which is good.
Therefore the wireless AP automatically acts as a bridge to the wired router for all wireless clients connected to it. crazy thing also, the wireless clients MAC address seem to all be forwarded to the wired router - instead of the wireless router's mac address.
Is this normal for it to work this way? I thought I had to setup a wireless bridge in order for this type of setup to work.
edit: The secondary (wireless) router seems to be acting as a switch in this case. The wireless router also has lan ports. These ports are acting as a switch to the main router. for both wireless and wired clients physically connected to this router. I tried the same setup with 2 different wireless routers - same effect.
I am able to connect to the wireless router by statically assigned the IP subnet of the wireless router. **NOTE - the main wired router has a custom subnet of 192.168.2.0 - this may have something to do with it?