Home network - 2 wireless routers??

April 21, 2009 at 16:44:41
Specs: XP sp3, AMD Barton2500 / 2
A colleague sent the following email to a few of us who have no real networking knowledge. I'm hoping someone here can help.

Colleague's scenario:
I have a cable modem, hooked to a wireless router with 4 ports. One of those ports goes to an 8 port switch which is the network in my office. The wireless is turned on and broadcasting on channel 11.

I have a cable running to the other end of the house which currently plugs directly into my Media Center machine which feeds my TV.

I have a second wireless router. I want to place that router at the other end of the CAT 5 cable downstairs and use it for two things.

1) To feed the cable to the Media Center PC.
2) To broadcast another wireless signal allowing stronger signal wireless at the far end of the house. I would then set the wireless in this router to channel 1 so that the signals are far away from each other in the spectrum.

I can do #1 by simply plugging in the cable from my office to one of the four LAN ports and plugging my Media Center into another LAN port, i.e. use the router as a simple switch.

I haven't a clue how to get #2 to work. I have tried everything I can think of but it simply doesn't work.

Does any one know how to do 2, or a solution to my issue?

Many thanks in advance.

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April 22, 2009 at 05:39:34
He'll have to create a wireless network on the 2nd router using the SSID and encryption key as the first router.

I would create a DHCP scope that doesn't include the same IP's as the first to avoid duplicate IP's on the network.

Also, he'll likely have to assign a LAN IP (and subnet mask, DNS, gateway etc) to the LAN side of the second router as well.

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April 23, 2009 at 21:37:09
Thanks. I'll pass the information on.

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