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Windows 7: More than one router from one ADSL line

14 Dec 2010   #1
Odd Job

Windows 7 professional X 64
 
 
More than one router from one ADSL line

Is it possible to run two routers from a single ADSL line ?

Problem is my daughters computer in her bedroom gets a very slow/intermitent connection on wireless from my router because the signal is weak (15" concrete floor between the rooms). I have a spare router and a phone line not far from her room, so if I could connect this router in addition to the one in my study it would solve the problem.

Failing that are there any other suggestions other than running a 10 metre ethernet cable to her room ?


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14 Dec 2010   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Odd Job View Post
Is it possible to run two routers from a single ADSL line ?

Problem is my daughters computer in her bedroom gets a very slow/intermitent connection on wireless from my router because the signal is weak (15" concrete floor between the rooms). I have a spare router and a phone line not far from her room, so if I could connect this router in addition to the one in my study it would solve the problem.

Failing that are there any other suggestions other than running a 10 metre ethernet cable to her room ?
Assuming her computer works where yours is, your best bet really is the ethernet cable. Its at least twice as fast as wifi, and not subject to disconnects (especially at 10m). If you must the wifi router can be installed on the phone line but it will decrease the signal/speed from both routers as it raises the impedance.


Ken J
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14 Dec 2010   #3
Odd Job

Windows 7 professional X 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
If you must the wifi router can be installed on the phone line but it will decrease the signal/speed from both routers as it raises the impedance.


Ken J
Ah no, the other router would be hard wired to her machine, direct from the ADSL line. However I accept that the router performance may still be compromised.

So what you are saying is that, to run two computers, each with their own router/modem, would affect performance far more than say 3 or 4 wireless connections and one hard wired, even though the latter may mean a lot more data being transmitted ?

If that makes sense.
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15 Dec 2010   #4
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Odd Job View Post
Is it possible to run two routers from a single ADSL line ?

Problem is my daughters computer in her bedroom gets a very slow/intermitent connection on wireless from my router because the signal is weak (15" concrete floor between the rooms). I have a spare router and a phone line not far from her room, so if I could connect this router in addition to the one in my study it would solve the problem.

Failing that are there any other suggestions other than running a 10 metre ethernet cable to her room ?
Using a wireless bridge or AP "access point" is the way to go if you can't run a cable. I use the Dlink DAP1522, wirless bridge or AP.

Although getting the bridge or AP into the optimum spot might be a challenge with a 15 inch concrete floor, there is usually a way to get it done by testing out different placement options and using the one that works best.

Dual routers on the same network is not the way to go here as they can be unrealible and difficult to set up, but it is possible with a little luck and if you set them up correctly. Not all routers will work for this.
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15 Dec 2010   #5
Odd Job

Windows 7 professional X 64
 
 

Thanks for the suggestion. Actually, thinking about it, it might be best if I hard wired an access point on the other floor. Her bedroom is directly below my study (we live in an upside down house with the bedrooms downstairs and living quarters upstairs), so all I would have to do is drill a hole through my study floor and run a cable down. I know I could run the cable direct to her PC but if I run it to an access point/bridge then the wireless would be available to other machines (PS3, laptop, etc).

Would this work OK, and can you get a "wired" access point or bridge ?
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15 Dec 2010   #6
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Take a look at Power Line Networking. Plug one unit into ac near your router and connect Ethernet cable then plug other unit in Daughters room and connect Ethernet cable. Can also be encrypted if desired.

Newegg.com - Powerline, Powerline Adapter, Ethernet Bridge, USB Powerline Adapter, Powerline Networking Kit, Powerline Ethernet Adapter

I gave up on WiFi for my wife's laptop and the Power Line works great.

Jim

Jim
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15 Dec 2010   #7
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Odd Job View Post
Thanks for the suggestion. Actually, thinking about it, it might be best if I hard wired an access point on the other floor. Her bedroom is directly below my study (we live in an upside down house with the bedrooms downstairs and living quarters upstairs), so all I would have to do is drill a hole through my study floor and run a cable down. I know I could run the cable direct to her PC but if I run it to an access point/bridge then the wireless would be available to other machines (PS3, laptop, etc).

Would this work OK, and can you get a "wired" access point or bridge ?
In bridge mode it's set up wirelessly and allows you to plug in to the bridge with an eithernet cable to get your connections. It's more like a wireless switch when it's in bridge mode, the good thing is that you can plug into it with hardware that doesn't have wireless adaptors. My Dlink DAP1522 has 4 Lan ports for this.

In AP mode you need to plug it in to a regular wired eithernet switch then place it in an optimum location for the best wireless signal. After that it's a wireless access point.

If you can just run a long eithernet cable through the floor from the your router to her machine you would be done. Or you can add in a regular wired Gigabyte eithernet switch for more machines to plug into.
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15 Dec 2010   #8
wds7

WDS 7 Home Pre.x64
 
 

Another wire from the router is the best way to go ....
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