I've got a wireless router upstairs and plugged into it is a CAT5 cable that goes downstairs to a small "switch".
I've got a router device plugged into the switch that broadcasts wi-fi downstairs so I get a good signal there too BUT it's got a separate ID and password from the main router upstairs.
Can anyone point my to a way of "duplicating" the wireless signal downstairs so I can use the same ID and password downstairs as well as upstairs.
They must exist but not sure where to start - and I don't want a device that uses the mains cable to carry the signal as of course I have my CAT5 cable in place.
On Sun, 24 Jan 2016 07:58:23 -0800, Murmansk wrote:
Doesn't the signal from one router reach the other floor? There's
normally no problem there.
But just change the SSID and password so they're both the same. Or set
your devices up to connect to either, and they'll swap over once one is
On Sun, 24 Jan 2016 07:58:23 -0800 (PST), Murmansk
With the setup you have there, simply change the SSID and password of
the downstairs access point to match that of upstairs. Use a different
radio channel for best effect.
There is a device called a wireless repeater, and it's possible that
the router you are using downstairs has that facility. It associates
itself with your upstairs AP as a client and behaves as an AP in its
own right, and does not need the cable between them.
I mention this only for completeness, your current setup is an even
Why do you need a switch? If one router is the main one on ADSL/cable
you can simply run Ethernet from one of its ports to a port on the
other router. But for the second router to act as a wireless access
point you need to disable DCHP on it so it works as a hub or switch....
This is what I do in our house from a Virgin cable router (which aso
broadcasts on two wireless frequencies, so we have three Wi-Fi channels
in total). I've not set them up on the same SSID though - I find it
better to see what's doing what...
Or that it is in the DHCP range assigned by the first router, because it's
being assigned via DHCP by the first router.
(If it's got a "be an access point, not a router" mode, ticking one box
will probably disable its own DHCP server and tell it to get its own address
from a different DHCP server.)
But if it's already working properly with a seperate SSID, he's presumably
already sorted that bit.
Maybe the OP could tell us what the device is. If it's something like a
TL-WR702N, that would answer the "why a switch and a router" question - not
all routers have multiple ports for wired connections.
On Sunday, 24 January 2016 16:58:29 UTC+1, Murmansk wrote:
I have the reverse problem. I have a perfectly functional wireless system
that covers the house. I also have an old PC that doesn't have a wireless
dongle, and an old wireless router with an ethernet port.
Can I get the router to join the wireless network, and then route from the
PC? So the connection would look like:
ADSL socket---Router - - w i f i - - Router--ethernet--PC
On Thu, 28 Jan 2016 06:42:37 -0800, Martin Bonner wrote:
Depending on the router, yes, but isn't it just easier to buy a cheap USB
wireless dongle? They're less than a fiver, delivered, from a whole raft
is just one who comes up on a quick google...
Not sure it is really worth the effort. Most clients will remember more
than one set of network credentials.
Wouldn't it be easier to put a cheap wireless USB dongle on the old PC?
Morgan have some nice high power ones that are ideal for experimenting
with cantennas since it doesn't hurt if you fry one. Even Hackintosh
compatible if you are lucky and get the right chipset one.
With removable antenna - many others are cheaper but this one is ideal
for challenging environments since you can put the antenna where it gets
a decent signal (not up against a wall behind a noisy PC).
After you enable internet sharing on the PC you get
ADSL --Router - - wifi - - dongle --PC--Router'
Search for your router model and "bridge mode" or "wireless bridge"
(though the latter sometimes gets misused for repeaters).
The answer may be "yes, just tick the right box on the router UI",
"yes, after reflashing the router with open source firmware", or
"no, not unless you reverse engineer enough to write your own firmware".
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