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Exending range with N router plugged into G router

Discussion in 'Networking' started by unknown113, Dec 23, 2010.

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  1. unknown113

    unknown113 Thread Starter

    Dec 23, 2010
    Right so here's my story (I'm an amateur btw):
    At home I own a simple Netgear DG834 wireless G router. The range is a bit poor and only covers half the house. This router needs to stay in the hall because thats where the sole phone line/modem socket is. My tv room receives poor signal, so the ps3 and any laptops used there can't get online.

    I recently got a newer DLink DIR-615 wireless N router (the small all-black one, not the one that comes up in google images...???) which I understand has a greater range as its N, not G. So I tried to replace the Netgear router with the Dlink one but I find that the Dlink router has no DSL socket on the back!? it has a WLAN socket that will only fit a ethernet/LAN cable sized cable (and 4 other normal ethernet slots of course). I need a DSL socket because thats how I get internet... the smaller DSL cable runs through a phone line/internet filter and then into the phone jack in the wall.

    what should I do? should I try plugging the dlink router through the Netgear one (which would be connected to the internet) so the dlink would kinda steal the internet from the netgear router and broadcast it in all its 'N' glory? please help, thanks.
  2. etaf

    etaf Moderator

    Oct 2, 2003
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    The Netgear has a built in ADSL modem and so connects directly to the phone line
    the D-link needs a modem to connect between it and the phone line

    you could add the d-link as a second router to the netgear
    have a read here


    From a JohnWill post

    Connecting two (or more) SOHO broadband routers together.

    Note: The "primary" router can be an actual router, a software gateway like Microsoft Internet Connection Sharing, or a server connection that has the capability to supply more than one IP address using DHCP server capability. No changes are made to the primary "router" configuration.

    Configure the IP address of the secondary router(s) to be in the same subnet as the primary router, but out of the range of the DHCP server in the primary router. For instance DHCP server addresses through, I'd assign the secondary router as it's IP address, for another router, etc.

    Note: Do this first, as you will have to reboot the computer to connect to the router again for the remaining changes.

    Disable the DHCP server in the secondary router.

    Setup the wireless section just the way you would if it was the primary router, channels, encryption, etc.

    Connect from the primary router's LAN port to one of the LAN ports on the secondary router. If there is no uplink port and neither of the routers have auto-sensing ports, use a cross-over cable. Leave the WAN port unconnected!

    This procedure bypasses the routing function (NAT layer) and configures the router as a switch (or wireless access point for wireless routers).

    For reference, here's a link to a Typical example config using a Netgear router

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