Solved how to install two wireless routers in series

December 31, 2012 at 18:29:38
Specs: Windows 7
The first router is wired to the DSL modem and works just fine as an access point with Internet access. The second router is wired from the first router using one of the 4 ports on both router hubs. The second router is visible but has no Internet. Please help me configure the second router regarding DHCP, LAN, WAN, DNS etc. to have Internet and strong signal.

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January 1, 2013 at 01:02:02
Some new routers have a switch to put them into "repeater mode" so you can connect it to your main router to increase it's wireless range. Makes the whole process much simpler.

If yours doesn't have such a switch, this may help:

Or buy a signal booster/range extender which is already configured:
Like this:

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January 1, 2013 at 07:04:46
Connect the second router to the forst via The LAN sockets and turn of DHCP in the second router.

The second router will gets its IP address from the first router as will any computers connected to the second router.

It probably that you have DHCP turned on in the second router that you cannot get the Internet. They are probably on different subnets..


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January 1, 2013 at 07:14:12
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Click on my name above in my response and read my how-to guide pertaining to 'adding a second router' to your LAN. You'll want to use the version wherein you interconnect the two routers "LAN port to LAN' port.

You'll want DHCP off on the downstream router once it's configured to be part of the same LAN as the one connected to the internet. Since you have them hardwired (much better idea than connecting them wirelessly) you won't need to put one in "bridge or repeater" mode.

You will want to configure the exact same wireless settings on the second router as you have on the first with regard to SSID and encryption key. You will want it on a different wireless channel (ie: if router 1 is on channel 11, put the second router on channel 1)

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