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Windows 7: Trying to add 2 wireless routers


03 Sep 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Trying to add 2 wireless routers

I'm trying to add a second wireless router to my network to improve wireless in my house. My first router (D-Link DIR-655) is on the other side of my house with my modem and PC. I have an Ethernet cable that runs from the wireless router to a socket on the other side of the house. I followed this guide: How To Extend Your Wi-Fi Network With Simple Access Points - How-To Geek and I lose my internet connection on the PC right next to the first router. Also, I cannot tell if the 2nd router is sending a connection because when I connect to the 2nd router (D-Link DI-524) my iPhone shows the IP address of the first router. Is there anyone who can help me?


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03 Sep 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MCleveland View Post
I'm trying to add a second wireless router to my network to improve wireless in my house. My first router (D-Link DIR-655) is on the other side of my house with my modem and PC. I have an Ethernet cable that runs from the wireless router to a socket on the other side of the house. I followed this guide: How To Extend Your Wi-Fi Network With Simple Access Points - How-To Geek and I lose my internet connection on the PC right next to the first router. Also, I cannot tell if the 2nd router is sending a connection because when I connect to the 2nd router (D-Link DI-524) my iPhone shows the IP address of the first router. Is there anyone who can help me?
I have the same router DIR-655 and I'm running a D-link DAP-1522 wireless access point.

Using a dedicated access point like the DAP-1522 makes the settings and adjustments much easier because there is a simple switch on the side for A/P or bridge mode.

You will need to plug the second routers WAN port into one of the LAN ports on the main router or into a standard switch.

You will want the first router to handle DHCP IP assignments, the second router only works as a secondary access point with it's own SSID and password.

Ideally the first router is the DHCP server and is the only one that can hand out IP's to other machines on the LAN.

You will also want to set both routers up to use different channels for wireless broadcast so they don't interfere with each other.

You will need to access the second routers set up page and disable DHCP, you may need to change other settings depending on many factors. The link below can help you figure that out.

http://www.techsupportforum.com/3001...ional-routers/
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03 Sep 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit OEM
 
 

Well I had the same problem but I then found out about the wireless receiver.
It just picks up the network you set it to.
And has 1 cable out but you put that into te router and boom. Works with any boxes. I can post a few photos if you wish?
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03 Sep 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I use 2 routers as well.
Main router has dhcp enabled, second one has dhcp disabled. 192.168.0.1 is the main, 192.168.0.2 is the second one.
Routers are connected together using the LAN ports, the ones labeled 1234, doesn't matter which ones you use.
Ssid and passwords are set the same so that devices will auto connect to the stronger/closest router.
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04 Sep 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MCleveland View Post
I'm trying to add a second wireless router to my network to improve wireless in my house. My first router (D-Link DIR-655) is on the other side of my house with my modem and PC. I have an Ethernet cable that runs from the wireless router to a socket on the other side of the house. I followed this guide: How To Extend Your Wi-Fi Network With Simple Access Points - How-To Geek and I lose my internet connection on the PC right next to the first router. Also, I cannot tell if the 2nd router is sending a connection because when I connect to the 2nd router (D-Link DI-524) my iPhone shows the IP address of the first router. Is there anyone who can help me?
I have the same router DIR-655 and I'm running a D-link DAP-1522 wireless access point.

Using a dedicated access point like the DAP-1522 makes the settings and adjustments much easier because there is a simple switch on the side for A/P or bridge mode.

You will need to plug the second routers WAN port into one of the LAN ports on the main router or into a standard switch.

You will want the first router to handle DHCP IP assignments, the second router only works as a secondary access point with it's own SSID and password.

Ideally the first router is the DHCP server and is the only one that can hand out IP's to other machines on the LAN.

You will also want to set both routers up to use different channels for wireless broadcast so they don't interfere with each other.

You will need to access the second routers set up page and disable DHCP, you may need to change other settings depending on many factors. The link below can help you figure that out.

How to Connect Two Routers on a Home Network
I like the idea of the DAP-1522. I'm currently using an Ethernet Switch (http://www.amazon.com/NETGEAR-ProSaf...netgear+switch) upstairs for my wired devices, would I be able to switch that out for my ethernet switch and get the same functionality but with wireless?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zepher View Post
I use 2 routers as well.
Main router has dhcp enabled, second one has dhcp disabled. 192.168.0.1 is the main, 192.168.0.2 is the second one.
Routers are connected together using the LAN ports, the ones labeled 1234, doesn't matter which ones you use.
Ssid and passwords are set the same so that devices will auto connect to the stronger/closest router.
Even with both of them connected, does your devices always show they're connected to 192.168.0.1 even if 192.168.0.2 is closer?
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04 Sep 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MCleveland View Post

Even with both of them connected, does your devices always show they're connected to 192.168.0.1 even if 192.168.0.2 is closer?
It shows 192.168.0.1 when I am connected through 192.168.0.2.
0.1 is the router that is handing out the IP's and is the default gateway.
I know when I am connected to the second router downstairs, when it is off, I only get 1-2 bars on my ipad in the garage, and I get full bars when it is on.
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05 Sep 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zepher View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MCleveland View Post

Even with both of them connected, does your devices always show they're connected to 192.168.0.1 even if 192.168.0.2 is closer?
It shows 192.168.0.1 when I am connected through 192.168.0.2.
0.1 is the router that is handing out the IP's and is the default gateway.
I know when I am connected to the second router downstairs, when it is off, I only get 1-2 bars on my ipad in the garage, and I get full bars when it is on.
Thank you! That makes me feel better knowing that it's working. Although, I still don't understand why my PC downstairs doesn't get internet while I have it plugged in.
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05 Sep 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MCleveland View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MCleveland View Post
I'm trying to add a second wireless router to my network to improve wireless in my house. My first router (D-Link DIR-655) is on the other side of my house with my modem and PC. I have an Ethernet cable that runs from the wireless router to a socket on the other side of the house. I followed this guide: How To Extend Your Wi-Fi Network With Simple Access Points - How-To Geek and I lose my internet connection on the PC right next to the first router. Also, I cannot tell if the 2nd router is sending a connection because when I connect to the 2nd router (D-Link DI-524) my iPhone shows the IP address of the first router. Is there anyone who can help me?
I have the same router DIR-655 and I'm running a D-link DAP-1522 wireless access point.

Using a dedicated access point like the DAP-1522 makes the settings and adjustments much easier because there is a simple switch on the side for A/P or bridge mode.

You will need to plug the second routers WAN port into one of the LAN ports on the main router or into a standard switch.

You will want the first router to handle DHCP IP assignments, the second router only works as a secondary access point with it's own SSID and password.

Ideally the first router is the DHCP server and is the only one that can hand out IP's to other machines on the LAN.

You will also want to set both routers up to use different channels for wireless broadcast so they don't interfere with each other.

You will need to access the second routers set up page and disable DHCP, you may need to change other settings depending on many factors. The link below can help you figure that out.

How to Connect Two Routers on a Home Network
I like the idea of the DAP-1522. I'm currently using an Ethernet Switch (Amazon.com: NETGEAR GS105 ProSafe 5-Port Gigabit Ethernet Desktop Switch - 10/100/1000 Mbps: Electronics) upstairs for my wired devices, would I be able to switch that out for my ethernet switch and get the same functionality but with wireless?

Even with both of them connected, does your devices always show they're connected to 192.168.0.1 even if 192.168.0.2 is closer?
Using a dedicated access point is the way to go here IMO. I get the full wireless N speeds of 300Mbps from my access point. Using dual routers sometimes works well and some routers even have an access point mode to make the set up more simple. The only real problem with using two routers is that sometimes those routers work well together, other times not so well depending on many factors.

The DAP-1522 does have it's own default gateway but the main router handles DHCP. Both the main router and A/P have their own SSID's and passwords and run on different channels to prevent overlap. But you can set them up to use the same SSID's if you want.

And yes, you can just replace the wired switch with this access point and have both a wireless access point and also a wired switch with 4 more ports that you can plug into. No special set up is required, just hit the A/P-Bridge switch and plug stuff in.
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27 Dec 2012   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

So I know this thread is pretty old, but I finally picked up the DAP-1522 and wanted to post my results. My wireless speeds on my iPhone went from this: to this: . Needless to say, I'm super excited. Thanks everyone for your help and advice.
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27 Dec 2012   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zepher View Post
I use 2 routers as well.
Main router has dhcp enabled, second one has dhcp disabled. 192.168.0.1 is the main, 192.168.0.2 is the second one.
Routers are connected together using the LAN ports, the ones labeled 1234, doesn't matter which ones you use.
Ssid and passwords are set the same so that devices will auto connect to the stronger/closest router.

There you go....you have to disable DCHP on the second router for it to work correctly.
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