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Windows 7: How do I use two wireless routers to expand wireless signal?

06 Apr 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
How do I use two wireless routers to expand wireless signal?

I want to expand my router's wireless signal in order to cover the whole house. I already have two modem/routers. Does it have anything to do with wireless bridge or something? Can I do it without using any kind of software? So note that I want to use the basic router which will have internet connection and use a second router to increase the wireless signal. It's crucial that I find a solution as soon as possible. Thanks in advance!


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06 Apr 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

One router will supply DNS and DHCP (IP addresses), the other can be configured to be an access point. To achieve total coverage, run a CAT-5e cable from the main router to the access point (which will be located across the house), and have both use the same SSID.
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06 Apr 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I'd like to avoid any sorts of cables, as the two routers are in perfect range with each other. How can I make them communicate wirelessly?
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06 Apr 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Even with a wireless repeater you need to use an Ethernet cable wired from the router to the repeater. This is also true for an access point.

What you are asking is not really possible although you could create another access point using the wireless adaptor from a second machine using connectify.
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06 Apr 2012   #5

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Leobelbas View Post
I'd like to avoid any sorts of cables, as the two routers are in perfect range with each other. How can I make them communicate wirelessly?
What is brand and model number of each router/AP?
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07 Apr 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

The main router (which will have internet connection) is Baudtec TW263R4-A2 and the second one is Philips CGA5722. How can I make the second one an access point and get the first router to find it and communicate with it?
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07 Apr 2012   #7
2xg
Microsoft MVP

Win7 & Win8 64bit
 
 

Hello,

You may check the manual of each router if one of them supports DD-WRT.

If you can flash DD-WRT firmware on your router, then you may convert it to a wireless bridge or repeater.
Be very cautious though you might brick your router if this is not properly done. Have a read here.

You'll have a better wireless coverage by using bridging or repeating than AP (from my own experience). Yes, they will still require to run network cables. :grin:

Also, modern routers have bridging or repeating features - again check the manul of your router.
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07 Apr 2012   #8

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Leobelbas View Post
The main router (which will have internet connection) is Baudtec TW263R4-A2 and the second one is Philips CGA5722. How can I make the second one an access point and get the first router to find it and communicate with it?
There seems to be several versions of the Baudtec router. Get the manual and see if it supports WDS then do the same for the Philips one:

Wireless distribution system - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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07 Apr 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Some wireless routers can do this without cabling. If neither of yours will, you could buy ($60):

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08 Apr 2012   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Well, having thoroughly checked both routers, the Philips one does have WDS while the Baudtec one has something called Routing. Is that the WDS equivalent? Philips found Baudtec but yet there's no internet connection. What could be wrong in this case?
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