Setting up 2 wireless routers on same network

April 12, 2010 at 10:22:15
Specs: OSX Snow Leopard, Core 2 Duo / 4GB Ram

Hi All,
I have 2 Edimax BR-6226n wireless routers which I want to use throughout the house. I want to use one router normally as a wireless router, the other as an Access Point hopefully with the same SSID name, so it picks up the stronger signal, and uses that router to communicate automatically (when I move from room to room with the laptop).
I currently have a setup of 2 wireless routers, but they're both using different SSID names (router A and router B).
What would be the proper procedure for achieving this? I know it can be done, as my old workplace had the same thing.

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Emulator of the router

If anyone can be of some assistance, it would be greatly appreciated.
Thanking you all kindly in advance!
Mark

EDIT: Sorry guys, the setup will be as follows:
Cable modem connected to first router via a short ethernet cable. First router connected to second router via 30m ethernet cable on the other side of the house.


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#1
April 12, 2010 at 10:56:36

You can run one of the routers (the master router) in AP Bridge-Point-to-Multipoint mode and the other router in universal repeater mode.

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#2
April 12, 2010 at 11:06:15

So that's the setting I'm meant to use.. I wasn't sure which setting it was. Thank you! I really appreciate it.. Now I have to wait 4 hours to get home to test it out! =(
One question in regard to which ethernet port to use.. Main router port Lan 1 (that's obvious), does the connection going into the AP go to WAN, or Lan 1?

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#3
April 12, 2010 at 11:25:56

This depends on your needs.
The firewall is acting between WAN and LAN ports but not on LAN ports only.

Don't forget to disable DHCP on one of the routers or disable on both, if you use another DHCP server in your LAN.


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#4
April 12, 2010 at 11:34:53

I would suggest you make that 30m cable a crossover, connect via main router lan to second router lan. Second router should be set in AP mode and its dhcp server should be disabled. It should be assigned a static ip not in the dhcp range so you can access/admin the router.

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#5
April 12, 2010 at 11:40:39

I don't need it for anything specific. I just want the ability to move around the house without having to constantly worry about "router B has a stronger signal now, so let me switch over to that manually"... Trust me, I sometimes move around the house alot, and with my current "2 wireless devices, 2 SSIDs" setup, it has an impact, even if it is a small thing.

I just want to be able to set up both wireless devices so they work together, without me having to constantly switch networks.


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#6
April 12, 2010 at 11:45:47

@wanderer,
Does it have to be a crossover? I don't think my 30m cable is a crossover. I will have to double check that in a few hours after I get home from work.

And also, secondary router goes to AP mode, what about the main router? Does that go as AP Bridge-point to Multipoint mode as paulsep suggested?


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#7
April 12, 2010 at 13:35:40

You have to use AP point to multipoint and repeater mode, so that both routers allow clients to authenticate. In this configuration, both uses the same SSID and encryption key. So you don't have to switch wireless connections manually, it's just roaming.

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#8
April 12, 2010 at 13:47:07

Hmm, ok, well I will test it all out once I get home from work in a few hours and let you know..

Thank you both for your input once again!


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#9
April 12, 2010 at 20:12:31

Ok, so it has been like 4 hours or so...
After alot of swearing, pulling out my hair, and cigarettes, I "sort of" have something...
test environment was in my room where the cable connection comes in.
both routers ended up being in "ap" only mode.

main router set up as 192.168.2.1 with an ip range of .2.100 - .2.200. DHCP enabled.

secondary router set up as 192.168.2.253. DHCP disabled.

when i switch one routers wireless off, it stays connected and just transfers all the routing to the other router. working both ways..

the routers are connected via ethernet cable, both through LAN port 1...

so far so good at the moment... i will keep you both updated when i do more extensive testing, but that wont be done until at least tomorrow, unless i wake up a few hours before i go to work again..

thanks once again guys..


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#10
April 13, 2010 at 04:38:45

Alrighty.. So I transferred the other router to the other side of
the house. Both routers have the same SSID and same
security settings.

Both routers LAN ports are working fine (had a hiccup earlier
where the second routers ports weren't working).

I'm not sure if you would call this a test, but I ran a 15mb
speed test from within my room and kinda walked out beyond
the second router. My speeds dropped about 200-300kb on
the transition to about 800kb/s. Normal speed via Ethernet or
at the base with wireless got upto about 1100kb/s.

So obviously will be tested within the next couple days or so,
but seems yo be working fine.

Thanks for all the help once again guys =)

If anyone else has any input, still open for suggestions?


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