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February 24, 2014 9:06:25 PM

Hi Everyone,
I want to extend my network to my home office which is in a separate building, so I want to do this wirelessly rather than using a cable to connect the two modems. I hope you can help me do this. Current set up is,
Primary modem/router connected to Internet is TP Link Wireless ADSL 2+ Router TD-W8961ND I want to extend it using my Netgear N150 DGN1000. Thank you!
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February 24, 2014 10:59:17 PM

You need to set it up as a WiFi repeater - you'll need to have WiFi coverage from your main access point where you put the repeater.

It's generally a matter of getting to the router's web interface, then selecting repeater mode, then entering the WiFi SSID and password of the network you want to extend.
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February 25, 2014 12:21:08 AM

Hmmmm....OK thank you... I appreciate you taking the time to respond... Maybe I am missing me thing but the Netgear doesn't seem to have that option...?
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February 25, 2014 1:06:02 AM

Update the firmware on it - it may have been added in a later release. It's not in the manual, so it's possible it doesn't support it.

You may be able to swap the routers - use the Netgear as the main router, and the TP-Link as a repeater.

Or pick up a cheap (~$15) TL-WR702N or similar.

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February 25, 2014 1:27:27 AM

Someone Somewhere said:
Update the firmware on it - it may have been added in a later release. It's not in the manual, so it's possible it doesn't support it.

You may be able to swap the routers - use the Netgear as the main router, and the TP-Link as a repeater.

Or pick up a cheap (~$15) TL-WR702N or similar.



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February 25, 2014 1:27:51 AM

Thank you Someone, Somewhere
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February 25, 2014 6:32:18 AM

There are other options, depending on how far away the building is and how the electrical system is configured.

The first is powerline networking adapters that can bridge your network over the electrical wires. The system may or may not provide the capacity you need, but it is easy and worth a try when purchased from a retailer with a good return policy.

The second and more time consuming is to use a wireless bridge system like those made by Engenius. The system can bridge the network if you have line of sight but requires Ethernet wiring to connect with the network.
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February 25, 2014 7:27:51 PM

Thanks Pooneil
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February 25, 2014 7:36:50 PM

Hey, could I use an Airport Express? (Have just discovered that the other building is on a separate electricity grid so the power grid idea won't work)
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February 25, 2014 7:51:07 PM

Looks like you can, but I'm not sure if it's standard or limited to Apple WAPs.

With any form of wireless repeater, you'll need to be able to have somewhere to put the repeater that's within range of the main WAP - probably a window, high up.
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February 26, 2014 9:26:49 AM

GeebeeWA said:
Thanks Pooneil


When you get this worked out, post back with your solution and how well it works for you.
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February 26, 2014 6:38:50 PM

Will do...at this stage we're stuck
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February 26, 2014 7:31:37 PM

Can you get marginal coverage anywhere in the second building? Is there anywhere between the two with a power point?
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February 27, 2014 3:32:18 AM

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>Can you get marginal coverage anywhere in the second building? Is there
>anywhere between the two with a power point?

Yes we have coverage in one room of the home office, and very weak signal in the other room (where we really want it); the window in one faces a window in the other... There is no powerpoint between and they are on separate electrical systems. They are about 5metres apart.
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February 27, 2014 3:39:51 AM

Is there a power point in the room with coverage? Doesn't need to be on the same power connection as the other building, just somewhere to power the repeater from.

You can get a TL-WR702N or similar for about $15, and that's enough to do a short-range repeater.
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