Solved Second router as an Access Point can it be used as switch ?

August 21, 2020 at 23:50:34
Specs: Windows 7, Any
Dear folk

Second router is configured as Access Point to extended WiFi for mobile connection at home and it is connected wired to a first router via a wall socket

Can the second router (now it is setup in Access Point mode) be a switch for 2 desktop to be connected to it via Ethernet cables ?

I have only one RJ45 connection on a wall and yes I am aware that if the desktop has wireless network card that will help


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August 22, 2020 at 03:49:58
Not something I’ve ever considered, but you piqued my interest... and found this:

And if you repeat my trawl around the duck pond using the string/search

use a router as a switch

you’ll find many more and videos too.

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August 22, 2020 at 08:05:51
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Yes, you can do that.

You're going to have to configure the second router properly for this to work. Here's my "how-to" guide on setting this up properly:

You're going to use "version 1" where in you connect the two routers LAN port to LAN port.

It's very simple and easy and as long as you configure the wifi on router 2 exactly the same as you did on router 1, everything will work properly.

I've been running this setup for about a decade now in my own home.

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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August 22, 2020 at 08:33:56
I agree more with Curt's approach. Simply add the second router as he describes, using it as a router rather than a switch. It's the way I've gone in the past.

Fortunately you already have the ethernet link in place?

If not then homeplugs will allow the ethernet connection; ethernet being more stable than relying on wifi between the two routers, and also faster.

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August 22, 2020 at 15:09:59
Thanks Curt for this guide

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August 22, 2020 at 15:11:54
Thx trvlr
>>Not something I’ve ever considered,<<
I guess that something you might consider it in future

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August 22, 2020 at 16:19:49
Yes... using a router as an remote extension to the main is as far I’ve ever gone. So as a switch... mmmm

My way of I setting up a router as an extender is slightly different to Curt’s but not by a lot.

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