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Extending a Wireless Network

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  1. josswallace

    josswallace Thread Starter

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    I have currently had cat 5 ethernet extensions from my router to two other rooms in my house.

    In the garden extension where I have one of thr new ethernet ports available I have a Sonos audio system but the wifi does not extend to this room. My main router is BT Hub 5 and I have a spare Hub 5 and a spare Hub 4.

    Presumably I can use the new cat 5 access point in the garden extension to act as a secondary wireless point but waht is the best way of doing this.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Ian Wallace
     
  2. TerryNet

    TerryNet Terry Moderator

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    Add a wireless access point.

    JohnWill's procedure (Aug. 30, 2008) for configuring a secondary router as a switch and, optionally, wireless access point follows.

    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 192.168.0.2 through 192.168.0.100, I'd assign the secondary router 192.168.0.254 as it's IP address, 192.168.0.253 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. [You will not need a cross-over cable if one of the "routers" is a computer.] Leave the WAN port unconnected! [TerryNet Note: assume that all routers made in the last five or six years or more have auto-sensing ports.]

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