2 routers in series

March 15, 2011 at 06:35:26
Specs: Windows XP
I have a Virgin cable modem, a Neatgear WGT-624 Wireless modem and an Asus NT-16 wireless Modem. My Desktop and HP G70 Laptop and Asus eeeNetbook work fine with the Netgear, I Live in an old bungalow with thick internal walls and occasionally lose the signal in some rooms. I purchased the Asus NT16 wireless router to get a stronger signal throughout the house, but the Asus Netbook will not connect to it wirelessly. So my two problems are:
1) Why will it see the Netgear router, but not the Asus router?
2) Could I connect both routers to the modem to alleviate the problem? If so. how.

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#1
March 15, 2011 at 08:00:10
1) Why will it see the Netgear router, but not the Asus router?

What service Pack are you running on the laptop. XP SP2 did not support WPA2 PSK and this could be the reason you can not authenticate on the Netgear. Try upgrading your SP on your laptop.

2) Could I connect both routers to the modem to alleviate the problem? If so. how.

Yes, you have to reconfigure the router into Bridge mode. The how is tricky because the configuration pages on every router is different. You will need to find an instruction manual for your router and look up Bridge Mode.


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#2
March 15, 2011 at 08:22:21
1) Why will it see the Netgear router, but not the Asus router?

Did you configure the ASUS with the exact same SSID/password you used on the Netgear?

Also, you'll want to put them on separate channels. I suggest you put one on channel 1 and the other on 11

2) Could I connect both routers to the modem to alleviate the problem? If so. how

The best way to do this would be to connect one router to the other with a network cable. This is called "daisy chaining". For info on how to do this, click on my name above in my response and read my "how-to" guide titled, "Add a second Router to your LAN". You'll want to use the scenario where you connect them "LAN port to LAN port"

If you have to do it wirelessly, only one router should be put in bridge mode.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#3
March 16, 2011 at 04:54:25
Thanks Curt, I'm working on your suggestions right now,
Keith.

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#4
March 16, 2011 at 04:55:40
Thanks for your reply Ace, I'm going to have a go at the system now.
Keith.

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