Networking question

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  1. dmclone

    dmclone Well-Known Member

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    I have a networking question. I currently have a modem going to a wireless router. I'm not able to pick up a good signal in the basement. With that being said, I have one of the wireless router ports going down to the basement and it's connected to a basic switch, which works fine.

    Can I connect another wireless router to one of those ports on the switch? How will I manage that wireless router? Do you think I'll be able to just put it an IP like a standard wireless router?
     
  2. kansascy

    kansascy Member

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    How does the modem connect to the wireless router? If it uses ethernet, then it would be easier just to run the ethernet cable from the modem to the basement and put your wireless router down there.
     
  3. dmclone

    dmclone Well-Known Member

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    But then my wireless signal on the 2nd floor would be bad.
     
  4. cytech

    cytech Well-Known Member

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    Buy a wireless repeater, they can extend your signal and just plug into a power outlet
     
  5. cycoticfan

    cycoticfan Member

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    buy a wireless access point and connect it to the switch in the basement. I suggest the linksys WAP4410N. If you need fast access you can't beat it. I have this on my network feeding wireless video to my tv from a media server. Make sure you configure WPA2 security. This thing has tremendous range. My son just got a new xbox with built-in wireless n and he is using it on the 2nd floor while the WAP is in the basement
     
  6. AlleyAddict

    AlleyAddict Well-Known Member

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    I got one of those and it messed up my whole house's internet, and I've heard they're not recommended. Wouldn't go there.
     
  7. CloneBack

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    Depending on your technical abilities might I recommend you find or buy an existing compatible router and install dd-wrt. You can configure it as a "bridge" to your existing wireless network. Wireless Bridge - DD-WRT Wiki
     
  8. CyAg

    CyAg Well-Known Member

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    Just plug it in, it will work fine
     
  9. hawkeyeh8r

    hawkeyeh8r Well-Known Member

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    buy 2 routers and put one upstairs and one in the basement...problem solved
     
  10. dmclone

    dmclone Well-Known Member

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    That's what I originally proposed but do you think I will just use the standard ip to config it?
     
  11. DaddyMac

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    Most of my house is wired (PS3, TV, desktop), But I have a wireless for phones and laptops.

    Got my modem going into the wired router, then one of the lines going out to the wireless which I have upstairs, somewhat centrally located. Biggest problem for me placing it downstairs was I have two block foundation walls that really block the signal. And one of the techs at work told me that signal goes "down" better than "up". Don't know why... probably BS, but whatever.

    Anyway, I think the only thing I really had to do was turn off the DHCP server on the wireless - and let the wired handle the IP distribution.

    Here's the directions I used. Don't think there's any reason why you couldn't do the same with two wireless - one with wired ports.

    http://www.dslwebserver.com/main/fr_index.html?/main/wireless-router-as-access-point.html
     

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