How to add a second wireless router

October 23, 2010 at 04:01:06
Specs: Windows 7

I have a single wireless router that is providing less than adequate signals so I thought I would add my second router on another floor to provide better signal coverage (to act as a signal booster or if necessary, act as a second WAP)

My first router is set as ( with DHCP enabled.

How should my second router be configured?

Effectively, I'd like devices to be able to connect to either one if it has to be a second WAP.

I tried putting a direct cable from Router 1 into Router 2's WAN port and it appeared to work but then it stopped. I had Router 2 configured as

I read the article here that said to connect it to the local LAN port on Router 2 but that didn't do anything either.

It appears to be successful by connecting Router 1 to Router 2 through a LAN port on the Router 2. (my cables do connect between the two routers)

I then disabled DHCP on Router 2 and it appears to be working.

Is there a more efficient way to configure this?

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October 23, 2010 at 04:03:38
Note: I can attach a cable directly between the two routers (I have wiring throughout the house)

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October 23, 2010 at 04:08:23
When connecting the cable directly to a LAN port on my second router, the wireless connection says that it is "connected" to the Internet but I cannot connect to any sites. I can however connect to my local network.

My second router would likely provide the strongest signal for wireless.

Which router should have DHCP enabled?

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October 23, 2010 at 05:56:01
Click on my name above in my response and read my "how-to" guide titled: "Add a second Router to your LAN"

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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