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Solved Wireless router relocation to allow wider connectivity

December 19, 2012 at 10:28:11
Specs: Windows 8 Enterprise, 3.76 Ghz 16 gig DDR3

I have a client, he's got a modem in his bedroom that is attached to a wireless router. that router has a CAT5e going to a living room computer, his computer located in his bedroom with the router and modem.
He's got 5 wireless computers in the house as well as one other CAT5e connected computer to the router in his bedroom (less than 100 feet away)
What I need is to extend the range of the wireless router because of his home's construction. (plaster over wire lathing) so his daughter can get wireless signal in her bedroom which is about 15 feet from the living room computer.

My plan is to wire the house like this..
1) Go from MODEM (Comcast SB 5100) to a 4 port switch
2) Plug in Existing bedroom computer to switch.
3) From switch plug in existing CAT5e to relocated router in living room.
4) Plug in living room Computer to the ROUTER port 1 (I know does not matter just clarifying).

He's adamant about using the hardware he's got currently which is :
1 4 port switch
1 wireless dual band router
1 Surfboard 5100 Cable modem
existing Ethernet cable

Does anyone here see anything wrong with this plan (not the method but the plan)?

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#1
December 19, 2012 at 11:13:36
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1) Go from MODEM (Comcast SB 5100) to a 4 port switch

That would be a mistake.

Correct config would be to put the router in the living room where the computer is now. That should be all you need to do.

You must not break the modem to router connection. by putting a switch inbetween with an attached device the router will not get the only supplied ip address and anything connected to the router will not get internet.

You will need to run a cable back to the bedroom from the living room if you want a pc in the bedroom.

Alternately you can get another router and configure it as a access point to put in the living room.

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December 19, 2012 at 11:17:33

I knew it! well then he's going to have to go with an AP to fix it then, that's what I advised but Best Buy told him otherwise I was verifying here since the last time I was in a server room I was falling off a dinosaur.
Thanks for the fast reply.
Josh

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