Solved Need 2 wifi routers in my home, how do I set them up?

April 24, 2014 at 17:28:56
Specs: Windows 7
In my home, the wifi signal does not sufficiently reach the whole home. I have a cable modem upstairs on one end of the house with several Ethernet runs from that room with the cable modem to other parts of the house. What is the best way to set up a modem upstairs and the 1st floor to give me good wifi coverage?

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April 27, 2014 at 16:11:20
You can also use a length of Cat.5 to move the router to a more central location upstairs, replace the router with a better quality one that has the reach, or use a normal router for the hard wired network and then configure the Wifi router as a wireless access point on the network without DHCP turned on and place it anywhere on the wired network that is more centrally located.
https://www.google.com/search?q=rou...

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April 24, 2014 at 20:21:01
You didn't say what router or device is providing the wifi signal & where it's located.

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April 25, 2014 at 02:03:07
You might consider using the LAN over mains adapters - aka homeplugs.

These are modules plugged into convenient mains outlets. One is connected via a cat-5/ethernet cable to the router; then you can connect any other cat-5 device (computer, printer etc.) to another homeplug wherever, and it's on the network to/with the router etc.

Some of these devices now allow you to extend/radiate a wifi signal too.

Devolo in the UK and Europe) were the first (from Germany), and TP Link, Netgear have similar" and possibly Linksys/Cisco and D-link may have similar too.

Inexpensive, simple to use, and flexible kit...; work out of the box.

Look for homeplug on the web and you'll see what's out there, and what's available in your country.

I am using 2nd generation of Devolo (cat-5 only and 85Mbps) and more than satisfied with them. That version is no-longer available, having been superceeded by faster modules and with both wifi, usb options too.

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April 25, 2014 at 02:56:56
I am currently using a WD mynetN750 as the wifi router and it is located next to the cable modem on the 2nd floor at one end of the house. I am open to reusing this router and purchasing a 2nd piece of equipment or just buying 2 new pieces.

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April 25, 2014 at 05:07:01
Unless you live in a mansion or the house is all concrete block, you should be able to get wifi throughout the house. Personally, I would try to find a way to run a cat5 cable, to the first floor & connect it to a switch. There are also wifi repeaters aka extenders. Before you buy one, read the following article.

http://www.tested.com/tech/web/4546...

What devices can't get a signal?

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April 25, 2014 at 05:36:42
The simplest, easiest, and almost negligible setup required is the Homeplug option (as mooted above). Plug them, and you're away almost as soon as you open their box...

No additional wiring required; no switches/routers/wifi extenders to set up...; simple basic - plug in 'n play...

House wiring is already installed and that is effect is used as your required "cat-5" cabling...

KISS approach.


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April 27, 2014 at 16:11:20
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You can also use a length of Cat.5 to move the router to a more central location upstairs, replace the router with a better quality one that has the reach, or use a normal router for the hard wired network and then configure the Wifi router as a wireless access point on the network without DHCP turned on and place it anywhere on the wired network that is more centrally located.
https://www.google.com/search?q=rou...

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April 27, 2014 at 18:40:18
Fingers, that's a great idea. Use a longer cat5 to move the router. Sometimes only a few feet makes a difference. Also, if it's on the floor, it has to be raised.

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