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February 8, 2011 7:20:12 PM

Hi All,

My question concerns setting a router as a bridge, to boost wireless availability in my home. It appears to be working but my wireless network now appears twice when devices are scanning for available networks. I read somewhere that they should only show once if they are bridged correctly?

I have two routers, one is connected to my DSL connection ( Dlink DSL-2740B) where it enters the house, by the front door, but the wireless connection is flaky, so I added a second router upstairs ( Netopia 2247) connected via two Belkin Powerline Gigabit HD plugs. So far so good.

I set the Netopia to bridging mode and entered the same SSID and PSK as is set on my Dlink router.

So when I use my Windows XP laptop to detect wireless networks and it shows my SSID twice, is that normal?

Any help/comments welcome, the Netopia router has appalling documentation (came free from my ISP).

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February 9, 2011 5:28:50 PM

The two wireless signals are probably set to the same channel. For the two networks to appear seamlessly that close they should be manually configured to different channels, I believe typically 5 apart.

Try changing that, but it may not be possible with the netopia router to do this. I've only read about doing this from some sources I found on google.
February 10, 2011 7:01:07 PM

Hey thanks for your help! I will give that a shot when I get home.

I know the Dlink was set to auto channel selection but there is an option to specify one, as for the Netopia, I will will have to look into that.

If I get a solution I will post it back here in case it helps someone, thanks again :)