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Solved: Can I Add A 2nd Wireless Acces Point to my Wireless Router?

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  1. mickeyw3340

    mickeyw3340 Thread Starter

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    I have installed a new LinkSys Broadband Router on my system. One end of my house is not getting a real strong signal. I have my previous LinkSys wireless Access Point (not a router, just an access point) that I was going to pack away, but was wondering if there is any way to connect it to the router, extend an Ethernet cable down into the weak end of the house, and boost the signal strength at that end. I can find nothing about daisy chaining these devices together in the LinkSys manual. Thanks.
    Mickey
     
  2. StumpedTechy

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    Any access point can be hardwired into a currently wired network (just make sure its IP is unique) some Access points allow you to set it up as a repeater and it then would not even need a wire. But that is only on some of the newer access points and still sometimes does not work well with encryption.
     
  3. mickeyw3340

    mickeyw3340 Thread Starter

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    Well, it is an old unit, I think I have had it about 4 years. It is a type B and my new stuff is all G. I just spent a hundred bucks for a wireless print server, so I may try to budget to get a state of the art repeater of some kind.

    Thanks for your input.
    Mickey
     
  4. JohnWill

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    Here's how I connected my second wireless router in the other end of my house. This lash-up has also worked for a number of other people.

    Connecting two SOHO broadband routers together.

    Configure the IP address of the secondary router 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.

    Disable the DHCP server in the secondary router.

    Setup the wireless section just the way you would if it was the primary router.

    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!
     
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