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connecting 2 routers w/ cable - bridge mode?

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by davecampbell, Dec 21, 2006.

  1. davecampbell

    davecampbell LI Guru Member

    I have a normal setup - a wireless router in one part of the house connected to the DSL modem, etc.

    At the far end of the house the wireless signal is dismal, but I actually have an Ethernet cable running this length to allow one wired connection all the way back to the wireless router for a guaranteed good connection.

    I know it is possible to connect a 2nd wireless router to this cable in order to provide wireless connections in that part of the house, but I want this router to simply act as a bridge, not as a router.

    Is it is as simple as turning off DHCP on the 2nd router and putting the cable into one of the LAN ports instead of the WAN port?

    Or is this 'bridging' capability just a configuration option on the second router and still use the WAN port?

    I want computers on either router to be able to see each other as if they were all on a hub to share printers, etc.

    Thanks in advance. Simpler the better.
     
  2. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    It's that simple - DHCP off on 2nd router, connect LAN port to LAN port to 1st router. You can now also plug in other wired devices/computers in the remaining LAN ports of the 2nd router.

    You are not creating a "bridge", you are just extending your current network with another ethernet switch. The 2nd ethernet switch just happen to also be a wireless access point.

    If you want wireless clients to roam freely between the 2 APs/routers, set the 2nd AP to a different channel, but with the same SSID and security settings as the 1st.
     
  3. davecampbell

    davecampbell LI Guru Member

    Thank you so much for that concise reply, and the additional tip. I hadn't considered the free-roaming aspect. I'll try to report back the success for the benefit of others going forward.
     

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