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Windows 7: How to add a second wireless access point

11 Jun 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit)
How to add a second wireless access point

My job, when I was at work, was in IT. I have a great deal of experience with networks but wasn't involved with wireless at that time. My only experience of wireless networks is at home.

I have a cable modem in the "office" on the 1st floor, which is where the cable (Virgin) network cable terminates. The modem/router has gigabit networking ports and my PCs and printer are connected by gigabit ethernet cable. I use homehub devices to extend the wired network to the ground floor where, until recently, the only device was my games console. This was plugged into the second homehub device. I used homehubs because the wireless signal on the ground floor was very poor.

I have recently upgraded my "smart phone" which has Wi-Fi and also bought a tablet for use in the lounge on the ground floor. Both devices get a good signal anywhere upstairs but a poor signal anywhere downstairs. I therefore needed to extend my wireless coverage to improve downstairs reception. I tried all the usual solutions but none were satisfactory. I then decided to add a second "wireless access point" in the lounge. I already had a couple of ADSL modem/routers from when my broadband was from my phone company so decided to use one of those as a wireless access point.

My setup is now like this.

My problem is this.

I cannot find a way to have the two wireless devices seem like one wireless network. I have turned off DHCP in the ground floor router and assigned it a "nailed" IP address. I have tried giving both routers the same SSID. At present my wireless devices can see both networks and I can just connect to whichever one is giving the best signal but I can't just have my phone or tablet connect to the strongest signal as I roam about the house.

Not a big deal but I'm sure It's acheivable. Anyone know how, without the expense of a dedicated wireless access point.

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11 Jun 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit)

I've just had a re-think of my setup process. I had originally given the two devices the same SSID and the reception downstairs was no better. This led me to assume that I was still connecting to the upstairs router. I then gave them different SSIDs and was able to connect to either as they were acting as two separate networks. At that point I downloaded some software that showed all the available networks and their strengths and what channels they were operating on. This allowed me to re-assign the channels to the two devices that did not interfere with each other or with my neighbours. I forgot to re-try using the same SSID again.

Just assigned them both the same SSID and now get "excellent" reception from all over the house.
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