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Windows 7: Can I "extend" the wi-fi signal using secondary router?

26 Jun 2014   #1
DavidMKD

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Can I "extend" the wi-fi signal using secondary router?

Hi,
Couple of days ago I switched over new ISP in Macedonia, on T-Home with a Optic Broadband (I don't know if that's the correct terminology) and they gave me a new router, Huawei (don't know the exact model, will update asap). The thing that confuses me that there is no cable modem, the optic cable goes straight to the router and it's used like normal router, Wi-Fi, one LAN port for PC and another empty port. Because the W-Fi coverage isn't that good, I was thinking of setting up a secondary router, insert the LAN cable that goes from the Huawei router to PC now to go from the Huawei router to the new router. From the new router to put a cable that goes from the secondary router to the PC, BUT, there is big BUT in my mind because I can't see any way that I would configure the second router to get to that internet connection. Can anyone tell me if I can use a second router as I explained and have internet and Wi-Fi or I need to buy an extender?


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26 Jun 2014   #2
HarriePateman

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Yes you can here is a brilliant link

How to Extend Your Wi-Fi Network With an Old Router
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26 Jun 2014   #3
phantomofrussia

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You can definitely do that. You will need to plug the LAN cable into the WAN port on the second router. Make sure the second router is setup to receive an IP address from DHCP and it should work. I setup my parents network the same way. They have service from Verizon but before they switch over they had a nice linksys router. When they switched over I plugged in the second router and it worked perfectly. If you are going to keep the wifi turned on both routers, make sure to either have them select the best channel to use or manually set the channel for the wifi signal to be either 1, 6, or 11 but it cannot be both on the routers. Otherwise you will have interference and poor signal quality. Let me know if you have anymore questions.
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26 Jun 2014   #4
DavidMKD

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by phantomofrussia View Post
You can definitely do that. You will need to plug the LAN cable into the WAN port on the second router. Make sure the second router is setup to receive an IP address from DHCP and it should work. I setup my parents network the same way. They have service from Verizon but before they switch over they had a nice linksys router. When they switched over I plugged in the second router and it worked perfectly. If you are going to keep the wifi turned on both routers, make sure to either have them select the best channel to use or manually set the channel for the wifi signal to be either 1, 6, or 11 but it cannot be both on the routers. Otherwise you will have interference and poor signal quality. Let me know if you have anymore questions.
Thank you for the fast reply. Yeah I have couple questions to ask.
This part that you mentioned that I need to setup the second router to receive IP address from DHCP. In the configuration window, I need to check that DynamicIP option? Because when I connect the router it gives me that setup. It gives me 3 options, PPPoE, DynamicIP and StaticIP. PPPoE isn't possible because I don't have username and password, and here in the DynamicIP it asks for a configuration of the AP Mode (SSID, Channel etc.) and in StaticIP it asks for Primary DNS, IP address, subnet mask. The second question is, yeah, I need the connection from the BOTH routers, the current channel is 6 on the first router and 1 on the second, is that right?

EDIT: I found a DHCP settings on the router but only the IP Adress but not the Subnet Mask...
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26 Jun 2014   #5
HarriePateman

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidMKD View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by phantomofrussia View Post
You can definitely do that. You will need to plug the LAN cable into the WAN port on the second router. Make sure the second router is setup to receive an IP address from DHCP and it should work. I setup my parents network the same way. They have service from Verizon but before they switch over they had a nice linksys router. When they switched over I plugged in the second router and it worked perfectly. If you are going to keep the wifi turned on both routers, make sure to either have them select the best channel to use or manually set the channel for the wifi signal to be either 1, 6, or 11 but it cannot be both on the routers. Otherwise you will have interference and poor signal quality. Let me know if you have anymore questions.
Thank you for the fast reply. Yeah I have couple questions to ask.
This part that you mentioned that I need to setup the second router to receive IP address from DHCP. In the configuration window, I need to check that DynamicIP option? Because when I connect the router it gives me that setup. It gives me 3 options, PPPoE, DynamicIP and StaticIP. PPPoE isn't possible because I don't have username and password, and here in the DynamicIP it asks for a configuration of the AP Mode (SSID, Channel etc.) and in StaticIP it asks for Primary DNS, IP address, subnet mask. The second question is, yeah, I need the connection from the BOTH routers, the current channel is 6 on the first router and 1 on the second, is that right?
Did you check out the link i posted?
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26 Jun 2014   #6
DavidMKD

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HLPTech View Post

Did you check out the link i posted?
I'm reading it right now but DD-WRT isn't available for my routers
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26 Jun 2014   #7
HarriePateman

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Oh okay, however the same principles will apply.
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26 Jun 2014   #8
phantomofrussia

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidMKD View Post
Thank you for the fast reply. Yeah I have couple questions to ask.
This part that you mentioned that I need to setup the second router to receive IP address from DHCP. In the configuration window, I need to check that DynamicIP option? Because when I connect the router it gives me that setup. It gives me 3 options, PPPoE, DynamicIP and StaticIP. PPPoE isn't possible because I don't have username and password, and here in the DynamicIP it asks for a configuration of the AP Mode (SSID, Channel etc.) and in StaticIP it asks for Primary DNS, IP address, subnet mask. The second question is, yeah, I need the connection from the BOTH routers, the current channel is 6 on the first router and 1 on the second, is that right?

EDIT: I found a DHCP settings on the router but only the IP Adress but not the Subnet Mask...
What is the model of the second router?
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26 Jun 2014   #9
DavidMKD

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by phantomofrussia View Post

What is the model of the second router?
TP-LINK TL-WR940ND, I've even found a DD-WRT firmware for it...

EDIT: I haven't, it's for TL-WR940N, is there a difference?
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26 Jun 2014   #10
phantomofrussia

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Reading the link that HLPTech posted and follow their instructions will definitely be your best bet. DD-WRT firmware is some really good stuff
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