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Two wireless routers help

By aiaophi
Jun 14, 2010
  1. Hey Guys

    i need some help with two wireless routers.

    currently ive got one router hooked up at the other end of the house, the signal to my xbox and computer is low because of this, we have another router, exact same type that i want to set up in my room from the wall.

    how do i configure this so that i get my signal from the one in my room and not the one at the other end of the house?

    router:
    BELKIN N Wireless Modem - Router

    thanks in advance.
     
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,446   +324

    use unique SSIDs and differnet channel numbers.
     
  3. aiaophi

    aiaophi TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks for the input, but i'm not very knowledgable on this kind of thing, can you tell me how to do that?

    im guessing through the belkin configuration page?
     
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,446   +324

    yes using the router config page(s)

    pick one and consider it as 'the master'
    using a WIRED connection to the master:
    open the config page for it and go to the WiFi settings
    • copy down the SSID (should not be the router default; try the name of your car/dog/parot/sports team ...)
    • channel number
    • turn encryption of (just temporarily)
    • save the settings

    now go to the 'secondary router '
    using a WIRED connection to the secondary and access that WiFi config page
    • use the SAME ssid from the master, but add '-2' as a suffix
    • change the channel to something other than that of the master
    • disable encryption also
    • save the settings
    disconnect all wired connections

    Take your laptop, enable WiFi and search for your SSID or SSID-2
    there should be a difference in the signal strenght depending upon which is closest

    make the connection, access google.com and then disconnect

    move closer to the other router and repeat.

    The laptop and routers are not ready for you to set the encryption.
    Again use a wired connection, access the WiFi config and set
    {WPA2, WPA, or least desirable - WEP} and document the passphrase you chose.
    Save and disconnect the wired connection

    Ask the laptop to connect to that SSID which you just enabled encryption
    and enter the passphrase. When this works, disconnect on this router.

    Move the the other router and repeat the encryption setup
    (ie: both routers will have the same encryption mode and passphrase but different SSIDs and channels.)
     
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