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Best router/hub to extend wireless network and offer cat5 pass through

Hey everyone,

I have a router with cable/adsl modem and wireless plugged into my phone line. This is connected to an 8 port switch which is connected to the network/cat5 points around my house.

In my office (the other end of the house from the router and up a floor) the wireless connection is very bad. I have a cat5 cable in this room that i use for the computer (running from the 8port switch).

Ideally i would like to get a hub/router that i can use in this room that i can plug the existing cat5 cable into that will extend the wifi AND also allow me to connect one other wired device to it (so i can plug the existing cat5 cable i'm using for the computer into this to extend the wifi and then connect the computer to it as well so it remains hardwired).

All of the 'wifi extenders' i can find are either powerline or just wifi repeaters (as i have a cable here already I may as well use that).

I guess i could buy another full router and just use this as a switch and for wifi. However presumably this would create an entirely separate wireless network with different SSID etc.

I just wanted to check what you would all suggest is the best option. Is there a simple cat5 pass through with wifi device or do i need to just buy a router and use that? And if a router is the best option does anyone have any recommendations as to which would be most suitable for this use case (and are there any specific issues i need to look out for)? FYI i'm in the UK

Thanks very much,

Dave
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    Practically any wifi router you can buy will work for this if set up as an access point. Some have this functionality in the built in settings while others require a bit of setup. Most routers have a four port switch on the back.

    The ssid can be the same or different. Users here have different preferences. I like using the same ssid while setting up an alternate ssid that is just for the AP so anything I want to connect only to the AP will be able to. Like a wireless printer. A different SSID is still the same network, it is more analogous to using a different ethernet cable.

    Here is the sticky on converting a router to an access point.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/36406-43-convert-wireless-router-wireless-access-point
  2. Pooneil said:
    Practically any wifi router you can buy will work for this if set up as an access point. Some have this functionality in the built in settings while others require a bit of setup. Most routers have a four port switch on the back.

    The ssid can be the same or different. Users here have different preferences. I like using the same ssid while setting up an alternate ssid that is just for the AP so anything I want to connect only to the AP will be able to. Like a wireless printer. A different SSID is still the same network, it is more analogous to using a different ethernet cable.

    Here is the sticky on converting a router to an access point.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/36406-43-convert-wireless-router-wireless-access-point


    Brilliant, thanks so much Pooneil, i have an old netgear router so will use the instructions you linked to to try and set that up and will let you know how i get on! Thanks
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