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Can I use my old router to have a second wireless network in the same house

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by JohnWB, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. JohnWB

    JohnWB Network Guru Member

    I was wondering, if i connect a network cable from my main router upstairs, to my old router near the garden can i then use it as a second wireless point for iphones etc in the garden where there is no wireless signal.

    Would I need to disable the old router's DHCP server & would I need to do anything else.
     
  2. DLOttawa

    DLOttawa Networkin' Nut Member

  3. cap2549

    cap2549 Networkin' Nut Member

    You can also add two powerline adapters instead of running a long ethernet cable. I did this from the main level of my house to the upstairs bedroom. I use the second router in the bedroom as a wirless access point and a switch. I have dhcp disabled on the second router, and use my main router to give out dhcp addresses.
     
  4. JohnWB

    JohnWB Network Guru Member

    Great, thanks for the advice, I will try toget it working tonight ;-)
     
  5. JohnWB

    JohnWB Network Guru Member

    Another question please, do I plug the cable from the main router into one of the LAN ports or into WAN port on the new second router.

    The write up above says one of the LAN ports, but will that signal still be re-transmitter by the new second router WiFi
     
  6. cap2549

    cap2549 Networkin' Nut Member

    Plug it in to the LAN port. Also, you can give your access point a separate network ssid. This way you know which router you are connecting to. Remember to set up your access point on the same subnet, usually 255.255.255.0. Assign your access point a static ip address outside the range of your DHCP. The typical defaults have your main router (gateway) with an ip address of 192.168.1.1 on your lan, with dhcp addresses from 192.168.1.100 to 19.168.1.149. I set my access point to 192.168.1.2, subnet 255.255.255.0. It works perfectly.
     
  7. cap2549

    cap2549 Networkin' Nut Member

  8. JohnWB

    JohnWB Network Guru Member

    Well I set the second router up as per all the helpfull info from everyone & its's working fine downstairs.

    I have what may be a small problem. I turned off DHPC on the second router, changed the address to 192.168.1.10 then moved the router downstairs & connected it to the main router via a network cable

    I now find that I cannot get back into the second router setup, do I need to move the second router back to a direct connection to the PC or should it connect via the cable into the main router.
     
  9. cap2549

    cap2549 Networkin' Nut Member

    What ip address are you using to login to the setup? You have to login via your new static ip for the second router, in your case 192.168.1.10.
     
  10. JohnWB

    JohnWB Network Guru Member

    I have been trying with the new 192.168.1.10. rather than the old ip address without success.

    Should that work from the PC via the main router to the second router
     
  11. cap2549

    cap2549 Networkin' Nut Member

    I am able to log in to either of my routers from any pc on my network. Do you get the login name and password page, or does the request just timeout and never reach the login info? In either case, it sounds like something in your setup wasn't saved, either the ip address if you aren't reaching the login page or the password change didn't take if access isn't allowed. You also may want to try clearing your browser cache. Worst case scenario is you do a 30/30/30 reset on the second router and try the setup again. Here is a tutorial from the DDWRT page on how to do it. This is how I set mine up, as my secondary router has DDWRT.

    http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Wireless_Access_Point
     
  12. JohnWB

    JohnWB Network Guru Member

    I must have been doing something wrong because its ok now ( it was late when i tried last night).

    So thanks again to everyone who has helped me, much appreciated ;-)
     

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