Is it possible to connect to a router through another router

By kmiller8
Feb 5, 2009
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  1. There is a wireless internet connection that is turned off throughout the day, and I was wondering if it would be possible to set up a router before the Internet cut-off and be able to use that router to gain Internet access, because when the Internet cuts I can still connect to the wireless routers.

    any ideas?
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,018   +220

    hum; strange wording and (for me) hard to dissect

    I read you to be asking if this layout is possible
    Code:
    modem  .... (new router) ... exising WiFi router
    
    Of course, but you need access to the WAN connection on the existing router.
    If the WiFi router is that accessible, then WHY is the Internet 'turned off' during the day?

    Sounds like a school or commercial setup -- please provide more details.
  3. kmiller8

    kmiller8 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    sorry for the wording, but it is a school setup and what i'm trying to do is something like this

    Modem ... Exsisting WiFi Routers with 24/7 Internet ... WiFi Routers with limited internet ... Computer

    and i'm wondering if i can connect to the 24/7 router

    Or if that has problems something like this

    Modem ... Ethernet Router ... WiFi Routers with limited internet ... Computer

    connecting to the Ethernet Router
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,018   +220

    sure, why not? (A) For WiFi, you need the SSID of the 24/7 router and
    (likely) an encryption key.

    (B) For a wired connection, you access to any router with 24/7 access.

    When you try (A or B), what is inhibiting your connection?
  5. kmiller8

    kmiller8 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    i haven't tried it yet, i was just wondering if it was possible.

    so you're saying i can connect to the 24/7 Wi-Fi router through the limited Wi-Fi router just with the SSID?
  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,018   +220

    when connecting to the available WiFi systems, the SSID is shown and you use it
    to know which one you need for the connection -- UNLESS
    the router has been configured to not broadcast the ssid, in which case
    you would need to enter it AND the encryption key (if any)
  7. kmiller8

    kmiller8 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    well my only problem is that the entire network is named the same thing, so there is no way to tell them apart. I was thinking that i could use the routers IP like a proxy server if i could obtain the IP.
  8. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,018   +220

    you can't get the IP of the router w/o first getting a connection -- catch 22!

    get a copy of "Network Stumbler"; it will tell you the relative signal strength and signal-to-noise level for every SSID it can find.

    I seriously doubt you will find / get access to a router (or access point) with 24/7 Internet when
    the school has set restrictions. If you do, it would be an error on the Admin :(
  9. kmiller8

    kmiller8 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    well that's too bad.

    thank you for your time and information
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