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Windows 7: How to set up a Wireless Repeater


06 Jul 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
How to set up a Wireless Repeater

Hello Everybody!

How do I set up a wireless repeater in a large building. We will only have 2 LAN connections (one side of building), but I want to have wireless everywhere. Does a repeater just plug in the wall and receive signal from the other wireless router?

I wont have a LAN connection on the other side.

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06 Jul 2011   #2

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Windows 7 x64
 
 

Just google the model of device you want to use for it. There are tutorials on all the major brands that can be easily found.

keep in mind the connection will slow with every AP is has to go through.
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06 Jul 2011   #3

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

I live in a largish house where the wireless signal in room A doesnt reach room Z. What I have done is to use a spare wireless router as a switch to extend the coverage. Its simple- a CAT5 cable is stretched from a LAN port of the mother router in room A to a LAN port on the spare router placed in room Z. You'll need to figure out how to guide the cable across bariers etc. The spare router is configured as a switch- NAT is disabled because that function is handled by the mother router, DHCP is disabled on all routers because I use static internal ip addresses and the spare router is configured with an ip address in the valid range of the mother router with the mother router set as the default gateway.

After doing this, I just configured wireless on the spare router in the usual way- gave it an SSID (different from mother router), a WPA2 key and set my laptops to connect automatically when in range. Now when in room A, my laptop connects to the mother router wifi and in room Z to the spare router wifi. Theres physically only one broadband connection.

Only downside (not important for me) is that if you carry the laptop from room A to Z, the internet connection will not be seamless i.e. it'll first disconnect from mother, then detect and connect to the spare.
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06 Jul 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Here's my problem, there wont be ANY way to get a LAN cable from room A router to the room Z router. Can an access point still be managed?
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06 Jul 2011   #5

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Windows 7 x64
 
 

That's basically the definition of a AP man...
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06 Jul 2011   #6

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

If cable is no go, you'll need to set up a repeater or an AP configured as a repeater. Mind you, this is not the best solution performance wise because throughput may get cut significantly. Repeaters are also called expanders and extenders.
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06 Jul 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maguscreed View Post
That's basically the definition of a AP man...
Okay, that's what I thought, but a couple tutorials were showing 2 routers connected to each other by LAN.
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06 Jul 2011   #8

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Windows 7 x64
 
 

yes, but it can also be done wirelessly.
Just make sure the router you are using as an AP supports the function properly.
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