Solved Setting up multiple routers in a 2 story townhouse

April 28, 2013 at 09:50:59
Specs: Windows 8 Pro / Both, plenty
Moving into a 2 story townhouse soon and have been debating different ways of faclitating network connectivity throughout house and stumbled on doing a 2 router setup. One setup with the " main " computer upstairs and some components like printer etc. The other bridged together by using wifi and the same SSID so the second acts as a repeater. My question is can the 2nd downstairs router also use the LAN connections. That would be my primary purpose as my TV doesnt have WIFI and only has A LAN hookup. I also have an entertainment center PC down there. I have also considered using powerline but would prefer not to. Wiring the house throughout would also be a bit cumbersome and expensive. Suggestions and / or tips are appreciated.

Havent bought routers yet either. Looking for suggestions.

Tony--Florida


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#1
April 28, 2013 at 10:50:04
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My question is can the 2nd downstairs router also use the LAN connections.

Yes it can, Set up the "main" router as normal. Configure the second router downstairs in bridge mode or "client" mode depending on what the manufacture calls it, with DHCP disabled and connect to the first router via wi-fi.

You can then connect your TV and Entertainment centre to this router via cable by plugging into one of the LAN ports. They will get DHCP addresses from the first router upstairs. .You will need to use the Entertainment centre to configure the 2nd Router. What you wont be able to do is connect to the 2nd router vie Wi-fi as it will be in client mode. Any connections to the 2nd router must be via cable.

So the second router downstairs needs to be one that can do client mode. Most do but not all. The routers manual will give to exact details of how to set it up.

Stuart


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April 28, 2013 at 18:55:45
Hey Stuart, thank you very much for your reply but I dont know if that will work for sure. I have to get back in there and take a look at the wiring and the position of the walls and stuff before i can consider doing that for the run back to the main router. I was kinda hoping i could just connect them by WI-FI and still maintain the LAN ports on the 2nd router. I wouldnt have this problem if the TV was wireless but i went cheaper and got the LAN setup. This is going to be a PITA i am sure. thank you for your quick follow up.

Tony--Florida


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April 29, 2013 at 01:31:09
was kinda hoping i could just connect them by WI-FI and still maintain the LAN ports on the 2nd router.

That is just exactly what I was describing. No need for any cables between the routers.

Stuart


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#4
April 29, 2013 at 08:38:15
That can only happen if the 2nd unit supports wifi bridging. It is not a option with most routers.

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#5
April 29, 2013 at 16:40:22
Hey Stuart I completely overlooked what you meant by this. I understand.

You will need to use the Entertainment centre to configure the 2nd Router. What you wont be able to do is connect to the 2nd router vie Wi-fi as it will be in client mode. Any connections to the 2nd router must be via cable.

I have also considered just buying a bridge which would more or less be designed for this purpose. Would probably make more sense. I assume I would still interface with a cable though. I have never been in a 2 story house with Wifi so I hope they can get a good range.

Thanks for your help both of you.

Tony--Florida


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#6
April 30, 2013 at 05:21:20
If the building is of wood and brick construction with internal walls of a single layer of brick and wooden floors you shouldn't have any problems going from one floor to the other with w-fi.

The problems arise in multi story apartment building which are usually made of steel reinforced concrete.

Stuart


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April 30, 2013 at 07:38:43
Hey one last question. I am looking at routers online and do BOTH routers need to support bridge mode or just the 2nd one downstairs? In the beginning I am going to use the built in Modem router from the ISP until i can get a handle on everything. I am changing ISP's and not familiar with what they have yet. TY

Tony--Florida


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#8
April 30, 2013 at 08:41:28
Only the second router downstairs needs to support bridge mode,

What bridge modes does is reverse the transmit and receive frequencies within a given channel similar to the way a crossover cable reverses the transmit and receive wires for a wired network. So the bridged router is transmitting and receiving on the same frequencies as a netwrok interface card would which is opposite to normal operation..

That is why it is sometimes called client mode as the router is a client to the main router as a computer with a network interface card would be.

Your ISP should have no bearing on what you can do. Once you are down stream of the Modem its all yours.

Stuart


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