Solved best configuration using two wireless routers

Self-built, / Asus m4a77d
August 5, 2013 at 08:09:22
Specs: Win7 64-bit, Phenom II X3 740 BE/ 6GB DDR2-800
Many months ago, I bought an ASUS wireless N router. At the time, I didn't have any N devices so I had it configured for G. I recently bought a Roku 2 XS which supports N plus my kid is home from college with a newer laptop that supports N, so I enabled it in the router settings. Of course, then my G devices didn't work because the signal was "N only". So what I did was connect my old D-Link G router to the ASUS router (LAN to LAN), disabled DCHP on the D-Link, and setup an SSID & passphrase. Everything seems to be working fine with all devices this way.

Here's my questions: by doing the above, did I split the bandwidth? The reason I'm asking is because I was considering a different approach that I know will split the bandwidth. The D-Link will not work as a repeater but the ASUS will. I was thinking of using the D-Link as the primary wireless & configuring the ASUS as a repeater & placing it on the 2nd floor. I realize this will mean my wireless signal wil be G only but I should get better coverage (I'm hoping to extend the range to my detached garage). Is there a better way?

Thanks in advance for any advice.

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August 5, 2013 at 08:21:25
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What's the model of the ASUS router? I'm surprised you need this configuration at all if the ASUS router covers a majority of your home.

This configuration will work, and you are not splitting your bandwidth. You are only creating an additional hop for any devices connected to the G network. I wouldn't go the repeater way unless you are not getting coverage in certain area's that you need it. When you repeat wireless signal, everything is much slower vs hardwire like you have it now. Especially if there is mid-poor signal between the router's/AP's.. Plus I would much rather have N throughout my house vs G.

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August 5, 2013 at 08:27:25
Thanks for your response. I edited my OP for spelling & added a comment about hoping to extend the range to my detached garage. The ASUS router model is RT-N10+ B1 running the lastest firmware. The problem is I have a laptop & 2 desktops that have wireless G cards & the ASUS supports either B/G or N. If I enable N, B/G is lost.

https://www.asus.com/Networking/RTN...

So the piggy-back setup doesn't split the bandwidth? Great. Maybe a better option would be to keep the N as my primary & run an ethernet cable to the 2nd floor & put the G router there?

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#3
August 5, 2013 at 08:42:47
I would absolutely agree with you that running a cable would be a more sound solution if feasible. Keep your configuration the same, having the ASUS handle DHCP, and going LAN to LAN

I'm surprised the ASUS does Wireless N or B/G and not both at the same time. Most accommodate that functionality, but could be due to the single band on that model.

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#4
August 5, 2013 at 09:17:35
Thanks for your help. Maybe I'll run an ethernet cable to the 2nd floor in the future or just keep an eye out for a deal on a dual band wireless router. For now, I'll keep it as-is. Thanks again.

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#5
August 5, 2013 at 09:21:07
No problem! If you need assistance in picking something that will support the multiple signals, I can help. Have a great day.

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