Can i have two routers connected to one modem

December 12, 2016 at 01:40:08
Specs: Ubuntustudio 12.04, 3.2 dual core/8gb
My modem is a TP-Link 8840T(purchased new) and the first router is a Netgear N300(someone gave it to me) which i have been using for under a year. My reason for connecting another router is that out the back yard the wifi is very weak. I cannot change where i have positioned either of these items. Very hard to explain that. The router i want to introduce will sit close to back door and i hope i can sit in backyard with phone or tablet or laptop. It is FreeNet antennas Ultra Wap v2 that i was given new(heres the manual http://store.freenet-antennas.com/d... ). I have been able to log into my modem but I havent been able to understand much to really move things forward. I am really not good at networking things so would appreciate a hand thanks

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#1
December 12, 2016 at 02:24:42
You need to configure one of the routers as a wireless range-extender (often called a "repeater"):

http://www.guidingtech.com/44726/ex...

If you find that too overwhelming to understand (or you can't get it to work) consider buying a purpose-made wireless range extender and use that instead of trying to configure a second router.

A purpose-made wireless range extender is already configured so all you have to do is set up it's connection to your existing wireless router.


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#2
December 12, 2016 at 02:33:41
Hi whats a repeater? I just tested the 2nd router with my phone and it works. The only issue is that there is no password protection. Maybe i havent stated everything. The routers are connected to the modem and not each other. So the modem is at the far end of my premises and the first router is at the far end of the premises. The second router is close to the modem pointing to back door. I will most likely have it up on the wall or something. I cant buy anything else. This is me taking advantage of free stuff due to being on a pension. Not into consumerism :)
Unfortunately not able to understand that guide but probably because i dont know what an extender is plus looks like it is wanting me to put all the devices together which is not going to work

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#3
December 12, 2016 at 05:19:17
You can't connect both routers to the same modem. But you can connect the second router with a network cable to the first and "daisychain" it to extend wifi to other areas.

If that's not feasible, then you'll have to hope one of the two can be configured as a wireless extender. Info in the routers capabilities, and setup/configuration, can be found in it's manual. Simply search the router model and look for the manual (typically in .pdf format)

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#4
December 12, 2016 at 09:37:39
This has been discussed in other posts but consider getting a pair of power line adapters. They will effectively convert the electrical wiring in your house into a network cable. Watch the sales, I just got a pair for $20.

What you would need to do is plug one adapter into an outlet near your modem, then run a patch cord from the modem to the adapter. Plug the other adapter into an outlet nearest to the area where you want to get the better wireless signal, place the 2nd wireless router where it will best send the signal to your backyard, & then use another patch cord to connect it to the 2nd adapter.

Just to add, configuring the 2nd wireless router as a wireless range extender/repeater may seem like a good solution, but it will cut the bandwidth in half.

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#5
December 12, 2016 at 17:56:13
Hi i was able to get this happening. Now i just need to log into the router. The manual says an ip address but thats not loading...so not sure what to do. I can access the net via my phone wifi and the new router but it is open. I need to assign a password

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#6
December 12, 2016 at 17:57:58
Thanks riider i have powerline adapters. Thats not what i need in this case. Anyway its all working i just need to log into modem to assign a password as its open right now and anyone can access my wifi. Will its turned off right now but you know what i mean :)

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#7
December 12, 2016 at 18:35:52
The "modem" is a modem-router. You should configure the external routers as Access Points:

If you have wired WAN port of the second router to the TP-Link 8840T use the AP setting as shown in the manual at page 14.

If not wired to TP-Link 8840T, use the "Universal Repeater" setting at page 20.
The "Root AP SSID" should be the same WLAN SSID as set in Netgear N300.

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#8
December 12, 2016 at 18:51:08
Oh yes your right sorry. I was thinking in terms of the new device being wifi. The modem itself doesn't have wifi.
Ok really not sure what you mean. Where i am up to is that the new device is able to give me wifi access but it is open. I need to assign a password. I am not able to log into the new device. The browser is not showing it. When i type in the ip address according to the manual. So not sure what to do now

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#9
December 12, 2016 at 20:59:43
Default IP Address: 192.168.2.1
Default Subnet: 255.255.255.0

this is not working?
Any sticker on the bottom of the router indicating the default IP address logon details?
If this router was used before perhaps reset to factory defaults with the reset button:

Reset
The Reset button allows you to do one of two things.
1) If problems occur with your Access Point, press the reset button with a
pencil tip (for less than 4 seconds) and the Access Point will re-boot itself,
keeping your original configurations.
2) If problems persist or you experience extreme problems or you forgot your
password, press the reset button for longer than 4 seconds and the Access
Point will reset itself to the factory default settings (warning: your original
configurations will be replaced with the factory default settings).


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#10
December 13, 2016 at 05:17:25
The router is new and i know those details. I havent seen a sticker on the router. The person that gave this to me said it was new and never used. Was in box with all packaging. Is the default ip address the routers address?

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#11
December 13, 2016 at 18:36:45
Should be the default address according the online manual. Any manual delivered in the box?

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#12
December 13, 2016 at 18:45:28
The one i posted is the same as in the box. No more info than that...nothing on the router either

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