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June 12, 2013 2:05:24 PM

Hi all
so recently we switched around our network around the house. what we want to do is have 2 routers (at least) to route a wireless signal throughout our house. How should i do this? (detailed step by step cuz I've tried many ways and has never quite worked) I want the computers to be able to be on the same network and for phones and laptops to switch to the closest one.

secondly why the heck does my PC just all the sudden drop connection and not let me connect unless i forget connection and then re type in the password? basically only does it on this pc and our netbook

there has just recently been a ton of shit that has been being screwed up. and our internet connection (idk if its because of our network or our isp) just gets extremely slow all the sudden.

so im wondering...

    -How should I configure a 2 router network to provide wifi to the whole house
    -How can i troubleshoot the dropping of the connection
    -and what are the best settings for compatibility and good wireless settings?


hardware is

    -Linksys wrt120N
    -Linksys wrt54G (with DD-WRT on it)
    -Linksys WRT54GS

Also which one of these to use in the setup.

im looking to get a consistent connection while gaming so i dont get random lag spikes and disconnected all the time. as well as just general wifi use for phones/laptops around the house

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June 12, 2013 2:29:53 PM

Hi,

ok lets start with
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I want the computers to be able to be on the same network and for phones and laptops to switch to the closest one.


Usually devices will get go on the best signal they find so no need to worry there.

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what we want to do is have 2 routers (at least) to route a wireless signal throughout our house.


From there you need to put one as wireless repeater mode if they have it. The most resent one should be able to do that with a switch in configuration. Check the user manual or google ex" Linksys wrt120N as wireless repeater.
But then the repeater need a good enough signal to do so.

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secondly why the heck does my PC just all the sudden drop connection and not let me connect unless i forget connection and then re type in the password? basically only does it on this pc and our netbook


Sound like interference or bad router / wireless card on the pc. Do you have the problem with all devices in your house ? If yes it's one of the router that has problems. So you might have to change the defective one.

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im looking to get a consistent connection while gaming so i dont get random lag spikes and disconnected all the time. as well as just general wifi use for phones/laptops around the house


I recommend wire for games, because on wireless, especially on FPS, your gonna have a bad time. Wireless are not reliable for gaming.

Also consider you ISP: what speed are you getting from them

If you have to change your router, get a wireless repeater.

I recommend an asus router (rt-n10 or n12 at least ) paired with Eugenius repeater
Here are routers I recommend

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320038
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320091
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320079

Repeater:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833168059
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833168091

I installed them in motels and owners are pretty happy about it. They just had so many problems with wireless g generation

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June 12, 2013 2:40:29 PM

I pretty much agree with dextermat. You will be limited to g band if you use the WRT's, but setting them up with DD-WRT or Tomato and then using them as repeaters is the way to do it.

I have a linksys as my primary router, and two WRT-54G's as repeaters. I hard wire to one of them for a second pc, but I also use the wireless connections for my portable stuff. By default, the portable stuff picks up the best router/repeater.

Gaming will be an issue, especially at higher fps using wireless, and even using the lan port off a repeater as a "hard wire" point still relies on wireless as the origin.

Before you go to the expense of buying new n routers, consider cat5 wiring for the house.

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June 12, 2013 4:44:40 PM

Okay thank you for the information!!

couple more questions
I already made a cat6 cable going from our main router location down to our entertainment center. This us where I had a router but it wasn't working quite right. Is it better, or possible, to hardwire it like that and then repeat the signal, or however that works, or just straight up wireless to wireless repeat?

I might (for the summer) run up a cat6 to my room because its right above the second router. But ya I will definitely be running Ethernet in my house when I get one haha

also as for connection problems it is all of them, all at once, which makes me think its a router problem, but then this one will do it all the time, like every 15-20 mins, sometimes it just slows down to an almost non existent speed, others it disconnects long enough for me to lag out, then reconnects, others it disconnect and won't let me reconnect, unless I forget the network
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June 13, 2013 5:34:54 AM

If you can hardwire from your main router (assuming it is hard wired to your ISP modem) to your second router, you will have very little signal degradation at router two. The wireless signal from router 2 to nearby "users" will probably be better than if you used router two as a wireless repeater. By hardwiring from modem > router 1, then hardwiring from router 1 > router 2, you are basically using router 1 as a switch or pass through with virtually no signal loss.

Cat5 will be fine for your cabling - the WRT54 does not support gigabit ethernet.

Connection lags are always an issue with wireless, especially if you have other folks piggybacking on your signal. Make sure your network is secure/password protected, and you might also consider setting up your network for specific mac addresses.

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