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Second Router to Connect an Ethernet Cable Downstairs For Extending WiFi?

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November 5, 2013 12:54:51 PM

Hello. I have no WiFi signal downstairs but I do have an ethernet cable that runs from my router upstairs (which is a router/modem combo) & connects to a computer down there. Can I use another router downstairs to connect to my computer to create another WiFi signal or is there a better option? Thank you.

EDIT: I'm going to assume I need to research creating an Access Point/Bridge from a secondary Router. I've found some threads here which I will study, if this is the case I will erase my post to avoid redundancy.

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November 5, 2013 1:13:18 PM

Thanks. That looks like something out of Star Wars (: I will need to keep the PC downstairs plugged in to Ethernet, so I'm assuming I will need a multiple port? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... perhaps? Would Paying an extra $10 be worth getting detachable antennae (not for a range issue but for stronger signal)?
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November 5, 2013 1:18:04 PM

andycane said:
Thanks. That looks like something out of Star Wars (: I will need to keep the PC downstairs plugged in to Ethernet, so I'm assuming I will need a multiple port? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... perhaps?


That one will work as well.
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November 5, 2013 1:45:34 PM

One more question. Does the access point only retrieve data wirelessly from the router or can it retrieve it by connecting an Ethernet cable plugged from the router upstairs? I don't want to loose any signal strength downstairs.
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November 5, 2013 1:52:58 PM

andycane said:
One more question. Does the access point only retrieve data wirelessly from the router or can it retrieve it by connecting an Ethernet cable plugged from the router upstairs? I don't want to loose any signal strength downstairs.


There are some that do both.
Original router - wire - AP or bridge - wired and wireless devices.
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November 5, 2013 3:49:17 PM

andycane said:
Thanks. That looks like something out of Star Wars (: I will need to keep the PC downstairs plugged in to Ethernet, so I'm assuming I will need a multiple port? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... perhaps? Would Paying an extra $10 be worth getting detachable antennae (not for a range issue but for stronger signal)?

Yes, $10 for the attachable antenna would be worth it if you want a stronger signal.



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November 6, 2013 2:41:22 PM

USAFRet said:
An Access Point is what you're looking for. You can use another router, but if you don't already have one, get a device dedicated for it.
http://www.amazon.com/TP-LINK-TL-WA801ND-Wireless-300Mb...


Since it will need to share the Ethernet port downstairs, could I pick up a network switch and use the one you recommended or should I find a different AP? I think the previous one I showed you only works wirelessly...
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November 6, 2013 2:52:35 PM

andycane said:
USAFRet said:
An Access Point is what you're looking for. You can use another router, but if you don't already have one, get a device dedicated for it.
http://www.amazon.com/TP-LINK-TL-WA801ND-Wireless-300Mb...


Since it will need to share the Ethernet port downstairs, could I pick up a network switch and use the one you recommended or should I find a different AP? I think the previous one I showed you only works wirelessly...


You can run both.
A switch for the wired devices downstairs, and an access pint to extend the signal.
There are devices that do both. Wire from the main router, and 4 ethernet ports and WiFi signal.
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