Can I use a 2nd router to enhance the signal of network

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March 15, 2012 at 15:31:18
Specs: Windows 7, plenty
Hey, I um using ATT UVERSE for my Internet connection. Now I use a Net-gear what is plugged into the PC and into the ATT "Gateway" How they call it. What is how I see it nothing different than a Router with ATT Logo on, but now to my question I have a LAN Cable going to my living room and have a switch there for all my TV ? PO-Box for streaming my direct TV Internet etc. Now I have not perfect Wireless in the whole house.. no I thought can I use the Net-gear Router in the Living room instead of a switch and also send a wireless signal from there... ? Shouldn't be a Problem, but can it be the same Signal that the ATT Box is sending, so that i have not to change Wireless networks from room to room... Hope I am being clear on this, if not pls ask.

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#1
March 15, 2012 at 20:19:24
Does the ATT "Gateway" device have an inbuilt router with wireless?
You say you currently have a netgear router connected to the ATT device and are then running client systems off that router as well as an ethernet extension to a separate switch with more client devices. So which device is providing DHCP and which one has wireless enabled?

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#2
March 16, 2012 at 07:02:46
You can do what you're asking. Essentially, you'll be extending your wireless network by adding what amounts to an Access Point (AP).

Typically you would disable DHCP on the downstream router because you only need one DHCP server in such a small network. You'd configure the LAN side of it and connect it and the upstream router from LAN port to LAN port. You would configure the wireless network on the AP with the exact same SSID and other wireless settings (recommend using WPA2 encryption) with one exception, put the AP on a different channel. If the upstream router is on Channel 1, pick channel 6 or 11 for the downstream.

For a more detailed guide on how to add a second router, click on my name above in this response and read my “how-to” guide titled, “Add a second Router to your LAN

You'll want to use the LAN port to LAN port scenario.

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#3
March 16, 2012 at 08:24:44
Thanks to the answer so far... Yes they both have wireless capabilities... nd the netgear gets is upfeed from the gateway... And give the upfeed per eithernet to the pc... And to the switch in the livingroom... To get Internet to the tv etc.... Also streaming... But I though I don't need to use the switch but can use the router to better the signal in the living room and the rest of the house since the living room is more centralized!!! Thanks again for the info so far!!!

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#4
March 17, 2012 at 10:27:48
ok, guys I need additional info pls... tried to change the IP Address like said, now i just can acces the second router anymore. changed it to 192.168.0.2 but if I enter it in the broweser nothing can be found and the original 192.168.0.1 doesnt work anymore

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#5
March 17, 2012 at 20:58:12
You must have misconfigured something. Remove the second router and reset it to factory defaults as per the manual. Confirm the 1st router is working again. If it's not, you may need to reset it as well.

Once you have both reset and working, then try configuring the downstream router without connecting it to the LAN. Once you've confirmed it's working with the IP you give it (ie: you can connect to the management interface using that IP) then connect it to the 1st router's.

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.

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