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I need wi fi out of my FLEX 6500 when standalone... a router?  

With the 6500 in the shack I have a rj45 cable connected to my wifi router. The Maestro can see this fine. However, if I take the 6500 and the Maestro somewhere else. I can connect the 6500 to the Maestro via a real RJ45 cable. 

But, I want to connect the 6500 via wifi to the Maestro.  What kind of wifi router? Can I use?    Cannot setup a regular wifi router with only a 6500, and don’t want to drag a PC with it.


Somewhere I thought I saw some neat device to do this, LIKE BELOW? 

TP-Link N300 Wireless Wi-Fi Mini Router, Range Extender, Access Point, Client Modes (TL-WR810N)
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Martin Ewing AA6E

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Kent -

Do you need to use a WiFi router with no computer at all?  It can be done, but you will need to configure the router with a PC, at least at first. You will have to set up the WiFi name ("SSID") and password, at a minimum.  After it's set up, you should not need the PC again.  Most any WiFi router should work (but some are better than others - read  The 6500 does not know how to work with a WiFi adapter, so you have to use a wired Ethernet link to the router.  The router will talk to the Maestro over WiFi.

The thing is, to use a WiFi connection, you need to establish an actual network, though you don't have to have Internet access. This normally involves a router, and routers do require some configuration with a PC.

It would be helpful if the Flex 6x00 supported a USB or Ethernet WiFi dongle, peer to peer with Maestro.  As we say, "it's only software." 

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One possible option to a PC for configuration is your Android or Apple cell phone. I was able to configure my R7000 after downloading an application to my Nexus and then connecting with WPS. From there, I pretty much could configure it any way I like.

The advantage here is that you can operate without a computer and, if a reconfiguration or tweak is required, you can do it with your phone.

In my case the application is called NETGEAR Genie. Other vendors may have their own app.
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These days a smartphone pretty much is a PC.   There is an Android app for the Asus router that I use - an RT-N66U.  (That works well with my Flex gear.)  The point is you do need a smart device to set things up.