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July 8, 2014 6:04:37 PM

Hi,

I replaced my old TP-Link TL-WR642G router for a new Asus RT-N18U.
The wireless signal in one of the rooms in the apartment is very bad.
An Ethernet cable runs from the Asus router to the room with the bad wireless signal.
Is there a way to extend the range of the WiFi by connecting that Ethernet cable to my old TP-Link router and leave it in the room with bad wireless signal?
I looked around and I see different options like bridging or creating a new access point or using it as a repeater, but I am confused on which one would be best for my situation and how to do it.
Any help?

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July 8, 2014 6:37:16 PM

Yea you may need to get an Access Point with a Ethernet port on it. there are quite a few of them out there.

I've used this quite a bit.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Easy to setup. Plug it into the wall or into a USB, plug in a ethernet cable. Then you can do one of 5 things with it. For you you would only really use 2.

1) Use it as a WiFi adapter almost or

2) You can setup it as a WiFi extender and if your PC already has WiFi that would be best. Just set it up (Very easy) and then once setup, put somewhere midway between the router and PC and just connected to the Extended wifi
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July 8, 2014 6:47:41 PM

tomate2 said:
Hi,

I replaced my old TP-Link TL-WR642G router for a new Asus RT-N18U.
The wireless signal in one of the rooms in the apartment is very bad.
An Ethernet cable runs from the Asus router to the room with the bad wireless signal.
Is there a way to extend the range of the WiFi by connecting that Ethernet cable to my old TP-Link router and leave it in the room with bad wireless signal?
I looked around and I see different options like bridging or creating a new access point or using it as a repeater, but I am confused on which one would be best for my situation and how to do it.
Any help?


To answer your question, yes you can set it up as an access point. Personally I would go out and purchase a cheap wireless N access point. It would be much better than wireless G that the TL-WR642G does. Anyway to set up the TL-WR642G as an access point:
1) Turn off its DHCP server
2) Make sure you are using only channels 1, 6, or 11 on both routers and make sure they are using different channels.
3) Plug the Ethernet cable from the LAN port of your new router to the LAN port of your old router. You will not use the WAN port on the old router.
It is up to you if you want to use the same SSID and password. If your old router was wireless N I would say set them up with the same SSID and password, but with your old router being wirelsss G I would not use the same SSID and password.
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