Using 2nd router on home network as "wireless repeater"

Discussion in 'Network Routers' started by Julian, May 22, 2010.

  1. Julian

    Julian Guest

    I would like to extend my network to the garden and was thinking to use a
    second wireless router I have in the attic (Trendnet TEW-435BRM). My main
    wireless router is a Draytek Vigor. What do I need to configure on both
    Julian, May 22, 2010
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  2. Julian

    Tony Hwang Guest

    Better location of router in the house and/or better higher gain
    omni-directional antenna won't do?
    Tony Hwang, May 22, 2010
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  3. Julian

    Char Jackson Guest

    Make no changes to the existing wireless router.

    On router 2, disable DHCP.

    Connect an Ethernet cable from a LAN port on the existing router to a
    LAN port on router 2. In most cases, a standard straight-through cable
    will be fine. In rare cases, a crossover cable may be required.

    The WAN port on router 2 will not be used.

    If you want seamless roaming between the two routers, (technically the
    second router is an access point now), then configure router 2 with
    the same SSID, same channel, same modulation type (A/B/G/N), same
    encryption type and same password as the existing router.

    If roaming is not desired, then configure router 2 with unique values,
    as desired. Remember that channels 1, 6, and 11 are the only
    non-overlapping channels for B/G networks.

    Refer to one of the numerous guides on configuring a wireless router
    to act as an access point if you get stuck. Here's one example:
    Char Jackson, May 22, 2010
  4. Julian

    Char Jackson Guest

    Oops, I guess you're right. While the Subject indeed mentions a
    repeater, the Body does not, and I wrongfully assumed it was common
    knowledge that a repeater is a horrible idea in general and should
    only be used as a last resort, so I dismissed the repeater in favor of
    an additional access point to cover the garden. I shouldn't have done
    that since the OP may have valid reasons for wanting a repeater.
    The setup I described does that, too.
    Char Jackson, May 23, 2010
  5. Julian

    Char Jackson Guest

    True, and that can be a big benefit. Unfortunately, it comes at a very
    high cost of wrecking the wireless throughput.
    Understood. I'm in the same boat, but in my case I only needed wired
    access in the distant room, rather than wired/wireless, so a bridge
    worked for me.
    Yep, I have one of my WRT54GL's doing (nearly) the same thing. dd-wrt
    calls it Client mode, or Client Bridge if you want to simply extend
    the existing network without creating a new subnet.
    In my case, I don't have the luxury of giving up half (or more) of my
    throughput as a result of running a repeater, so I didn't have much
    choice. Repeaters have their place, though.

    Anyway, I hope the OP got what he/she needs and is moving ahead.
    Char Jackson, May 24, 2010
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