Daisy Chaining Wireless Routers

February 21, 2009 at 07:54:08
Specs: Windows Vista
Here's my situation ... I am hoping someone edumacate me.

Currently my home network is equipped with a Netgear wireless router, a DSL modem, and three computers. My router has a wired connected to the DSL modem via the WAN port. The problem is that the signal is very weak in my son's room. My hope is that by daisy-chaining a 2nd wireless router (SMC) from my son's room, the signal will be much stronger. Can someone tell me how to do this?


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#1
February 21, 2009 at 09:26:14
What would you like to do.
If you want to configure the SMC router as a repeater, I think this woun't help you out.
Because if the signal is weak, it doen't matter whether there is a pc or a router connecting to that netgear router. The signal, the SMC gets, is weak.

The only chance is to put the router at a position, where the signal is strong enaugh.
Otherwise, you have to connect the routers by wire, to solve that problem. But in this case, you may connect your son's computer by wire instead of using an additional router.

Please send a reply, if you solved the problem !!!


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#2
February 21, 2009 at 10:08:29
Thank for your response. First and foremost, please forgive my computer ignorance. I might have left out a couple necessary details about my set up. Currently, I have a wireless nic card in my son's desktop and the signal strength is very low/intermittent. I've plugged my SMC wireless router into my son's PC using an RJ45 cable (removing the wireless nic altogther). My hope is that the range and strength of the SMC router is better than the wireless nic card. I found an article on here that tells me how to do this ..by disabling the DHCP server and changing the LAN IP address of the router. However, when I do that ... it doesn't work. When I try to apply the change, it doesn't take and after that I cannot login into my router with the we IP address ..causing me to reset my router to the defaults and get back to square 1. I may be able to strategically position the router to get a better signal, if necessary. Any further advice would be greatly appreciated.

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#3
February 21, 2009 at 11:24:35
What kind of SMC wireless router do you have?
How have you tried to establish a connection beween the 2 routers (SMC as a normal client, if possible, as a repeater, or via WDS (wireless distribution system))?

I guess that repeater mode and WDS will not work for you, because of the 2 different manufacturers.

Please send a reply, if you solved the problem !!!


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