Help - Two Router Setup?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by consultant1027, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. consultant1027

    consultant1027 Networkin' Nut Member

    I've got two Linsys Wireless-N Routers (WRT120N and WRT130N) One on each floor. I have the setup right now with the same SSID. Router 1 is connected to the Internet and to the Ethernet LAN. Router 2 is connected to the Ethernet LAN and I have DHCP turned off and assigned it a static IP address.

    It seems that when I'm in an area where both routers have equal signal strength, my notebook keeps losing the connection. And on my iPhone, when I connect to one, then move closer to the other the signal strength goes down so it doesn't automatically switch to the router with the strongest signal.

    As an experiment, I just changed the name on router one to name-basement so I could see the routers indivdually. When connecting to router 1 I no longer have the issue of the connection dropping and connecting over and over. BUT, when I try to connect to router 2 I cannot connect! And I can't bring up the admin screen on router 2 now even though it is connected to router 1 by Ethernet LAN! It seems maybe I was connecting to router 1 all along and router 2 has just always been inacessible? But when I had the same SSID for both, I WAS able to bring up the admin screen for router 2. I also turned off wireless on router 1, connected to router 2, and sucessfully went to the Internet. But when SSID is the same, seems like they don't play together well??

    But isn't this the proper setup for two routers where I want one to essentially just be an access point to extend the wireless network where both routers are connected via Ethernet LAN? (same SSID, turn off DHCP, assign static address)
  2. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    If you are using two routers with the same SSID you should be using different channels. You did not indicate, if you are using 2.4Ghz or 5 Ghz and if you are using a 40Mhz or a 20 Mhz bandwidth. If you are using 802.11G, the 2.4Ghz band, you have only three non overlappng channels 1, 6 and 11. If you are the same channel each router will see the other one and shut down its transmissions. It would be better to make certain you us one of the three non-overlapping channels on one router and another on ther other router and only a 20Mhz bandwith or if you wireless NIC' support both 802.11G and 802.11A to use both the both the 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz on either router. I have a 2400 square foot house and use an E4200 and a formerly an E3200 on the top floor and can get a signal on both floors. The second router should habve NAT turned off under advanced routing.
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