Expanding WiFi range with old router HELP!

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sweetmore

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I am wanting to make use of a second router to expand the wifi range in my house but need help. Here is what I have done:

Router 1 (main router):
- Set it to operate on channel 11 only.
- Changed its DHCP settings to hand out IPs between 192.168.0.5 and 192.168.0.254

Router 2 (second router):
- Connected it to the main router using an Ethernet cable.
- Turned its DHCP settings off so it can't hand out new IPs.
- Set LAN IP to 192.168.0.2
- Set it to operate on channel 6 only.
- Gave it exact same SSID, password and password type as the main router.

I then switched them all off. Powered up the main router, when ready I turned on the second router and connected them.

The results: It works for a few hours, wifi range is expanding and can access internet by connecting to the second router, works on all my internet enabled devices. However, the next day internet is usually very slow if working at all. If I turn my laptop on, it won't even connect to the wifi (just says cannot connect), or sometimes I can connect to the router but get the "No Internet" symbol.

Have tried it numerous times and this always happens after about 12 hours. Resulted to unplugging the second router now until I get some help?

Any idea what I have done wrong? Or forgot to do something? Or ideas why it works for only a few hours then all goes down on me?

Thanks
 

TerryNet

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Could be that the old router is failing. Maybe overheating (?) after a few hours. Check for heat, and make sure its air vents are clean.
 

sweetmore

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Could be that the old router is failing. Maybe overheating (?) after a few hours. Check for heat, and make sure its air vents are clean.
It's a Virgin Media Superhub 2, reasonably new and doesn't overheat :(
 
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