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April 25, 2013 9:08:47 PM

Currently I have "smart wiring" as they call it in Perth, where the ADSL line comes into the basement configured as follows: Modem>Router>Switch>Patch Panel>10 ethernet ports throughout the house.
Problem is the basement is a fair way down and a wireless signal cannot penetrate to rest of the house (Jodie Foster in Panic Room would be worried!).
Question - can I disable the wireless function on the basement router (router 1) and connect another router to one of the ports in the middle of the house by ethernet cable and activate wireless on this router (router 2).
I apologise if this has been asked before but I am not very IT wise!
Hope someone can help
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April 25, 2013 9:21:14 PM

You don't need to turn off the first router - it's entirely possible to have more than one access point in a building (I do).

Just make sure you turn off DHCP on the second WAP (Wireless Access Point) and set it to a different IP address. Connect it to a LAN port not WAN.

FYI: It doesn't need to be an actual router. You can get WAPs without modems.
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April 25, 2013 9:29:02 PM

Option 1) Do what you suggested. Machines on wired can't initiate connections to wireless because of the wireless NAT. You would need to setup port forwarding on the wireless router to get around it.

Option 2) Setup the wireless router as a bridge to the wired router and not a standalone router. Here's a link that might help.
http://www.ehow.com/how_2308667_use-router-as-bridge.ht...
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April 25, 2013 10:11:57 PM

Actually, Option 3) "Use it as a WAP and ignore the router part" is best (Bridge halves the connection bandwidth, as it has to send data back to the first router). Just turn off the DHCP Server and connect one of it's LAN ports to an ethernet port on your switch.

It works, I've done it.
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April 26, 2013 12:09:26 AM

Someone Somewhere said:
Actually, Option 3) "Use it as a WAP and ignore the router part" is best (Bridge halves the connection bandwidth, as it has to send data back to the first router). Just turn off the DHCP Server and connect one of it's LAN ports to an ethernet port on your switch.

It works, I've done it.


? - Use Router 2 (the one in the middle of the house) as a WAP? How do I turn off DHCP? Turn off DHCP on which Router?

FYI- Router1 in the basement is an old Netgear wireless router (DGN3700, I think) but I was given a new whizz bang ASUS RT AC wireless router by my nephew and told that was what I should use to beam out my wireless signal, and all other devices which are wired can pick up their internet from the Netgear.

Thanks for the prompt responses. The fog is clearing....but only slowly!
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