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Expanding network/wireless coverage using two routers.

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by kman79, Jan 1, 2007.

  1. kman79

    kman79 LI Guru Member

    I'm needing help with an idea to expand wireless coverage in my father's home. Their house is prewired, but wireless is just more convenient and my parents love to sit on their own chairs and use their laptops. I'm using a Linksys WRT54GX2 router that is wired to four other rooms in the house. The family room is the farthest room from the router and the wireless signal is very weak in that area. That room is prewired and I do have the jack in that room hooked up to WRT54GX2. My question is, I have a spare WRT54GC that I used for my condo and I'm wondering if I can plug that in to the wired jack in that room and have it work as a wireless access point extender? Am I making sense, excuse my lack of knowldege of the proper terms to use. But is this possible and what settings/configurations do I need to do to both routers to make this possible? Any help on this is greatly appreciated.
  2. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    Yes its possible however i do not know if you can do it with that router. You may even need to load 3rd party firmware, though a few routers i have have whats called a "wireless bridge" feature built in. Although whats to stop you from putting the wireless router in the room that wireless is needed and using the existing cable to run the connection from your isp connection to the router?
  3. kman79

    kman79 LI Guru Member

    Thanks for the reply. The reason why the main router is where it's at and not the family room (Where the weak signal is) is because the "home run" where all the phone, Cable/Video, and Network cables are centralized all in that one room. Does that make sense?

    If I need to install a 3rd party to make the routers work together to make this work, then I might be SOL, since these two routers do not support custom firmwares. This is not good.

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