Build a PC Can you link a wireless router to a wireless router

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kbos2hm

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this is what i want to do i have a bt router on one of my floors but my signal dosent reach my computers on the top floor so i was thinking of buying a second wireless router and linking that one by cable would that work or would it be better getting a more stronger router with a better strenth ive looked on the net but im kinda lost on what to do
 

jobeard

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yes that works -- here's how

  • connect cable from existing router#1 to the LAN side of router#2
    this will make router#1 the controller of all IP addresses AND allow sharing between all system regardless of which router they connect to.

  • configure router#2
    this is done with a cable connection to it. Use the routers default ip address in your browser and supply the default user/pwd
    1. disable DHCP service in this router
    2. set router#2 address to be just like router#1 but change the last digit to 250
    3. set the SSID to be similar to the existing router (eg add a number to its name)
    4. change the channel number to be different from router#1
    5. (temporarily) disable encryption
    6. save the settings which will restart the router and drop this connection
you can disconnect the cable from router#2

Turn off (or disconnect) all systems from both routers.
power off router#2, wait 30 seconds and then restart it

At this point router#1 will be at xxx.yyy.zzz.1 and router#2 at xxx.yyy.zzz.250

Connect to either router (wired or otherwise) and you should be able to
(run->cmd) enter
ping xxx.yyy.zzz.1
ping xxx.yyy.zzz.250​
Your connected system will have an address seen by
ipconfig /all​

Once you can connect to both routers, you should go back to the configuration (in both with a cabled connection) and enable encryption.
Make your life simple, set both routers to the same type of encryption (in this order of preference)
{WPA2,WPA} and use the same passphrase for both.

you really should also change the ADMIN login (on both)
save the settings and disconnect the cable.

Print/File sharing is managed elsewhere.
 
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