How to extend my WLAN?

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  1. Rodman

    Rodman Hygienisch und sanft.

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    I need your help, guys. :cool:
    Here's my problem:
    I have a Netgear WPN824 WLAN router and want to extend its range.
    As far as I know I can do that with an access point and a usual LAN cable to connect it to the router.
    If this is correct and you have any experience with this share your advice. :)
    If I'm wrong, tell me how to do it properly. :lol:

    Any help is appreciated.
    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. B-Buster

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    How far do you want to extend it? If it's just a bit, you could think about using stronger
    antenna's. Or maybe just try to place the current router on a better position.

    Otherwise an access point could be an option, or a 2nd router connected to the first one.
    Access points usually cost more than a router.
     
  3. Rodman

    Rodman Hygienisch und sanft.

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    It's definitely too far to extend it via WLAN, I think around 30m.
    I read that completely wireless APs have a negative influence on the connection speeds.

    Anyways, so I could just buy the same router again and connect it to the other one?
     
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    i dont know whats the best solution, but putting routers behind routers is never a good idea.
     
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    Ok, I managed to set it up with my old router now.

    This is only a temporary solution, not all of the area I wanna cover is covered yet.
    So, I guess getting an access point instead of a router is better?
    Edit: Why are 2 router bad btw?
     
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    why? well it wouldnt work for starters :p
    you'd have to set the 2nd router to bridge mode and route everything
    through the first one. not exactly what you want is it?

    ps: 2nd one = the one you have now.
     
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    At the moment it is set up as access point only, no gateway.

    I want to stay all devices within one network to share the same internet connection.
    Straight lines are cables, circles are wlan areas, crosses are devices. :p
    [​IMG]
     
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    would be easier to connect pc2 with the network cable :lol:
     
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    At the very moment that's true, but there is also an xbox and an iPhone in PC2's area, and there will be a laptop in the future. ;)
     
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    i dont know whats the best solution, but putting routers behind routers is never a good idea.


    Depends on the possible ways to set it up. I'm not that much into it myself
    but I know a few people who are, and they do use 2 routers. One guy has it
    set up so that the wlan automaticly switches from one to another. No clue
    how though :p
     
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    I guess you mean Roaming? ;)

    I guess I'll go for the 2 router method. It works like a charm already, I just need to get one with more LAN ports and the longer cable. :)
     
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    Depends on the possible ways to set it up. I'm not that much into it myself
    but I know a few people who are, and they do use 2 routers. One guy has it
    set up so that the wlan automaticly switches from one to another. No clue
    how though :p


    2 routers = 2 networks

    good luck trying to share drives :p
     
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    As I said, everything works so far including shared folders. If you configure the routers properly there is only one network.
     
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    so you switched off DHCP on the 2nd router, gave it a static IP and set its gateway to the first router's IP ?
     
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    My 2nd router has the option to "Acquire the access point's IP settings from a DHCP server on the network."
    DHCP is activated and it's set to "Access Point only".
    So the IP shouldn't be static, but that shouldn't make any difference.

    Edit: I think setting a static IP can be done by simply setting the router's IP to one that's not inside the DHCP server's IP pool?
     
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    good, you basically turned your router into a repeater :)
     
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    Yea, that's pretty much what I wanted to do. :)
     
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    Sounds good Rod.

    2 routers = 2 networks

    good luck trying to share drives :p


    Well, no. That's the fun part of it. He uses the very same network, same WPA key etc.
     
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    But prolly 2 different channels, at least that's how I have it. :)
     
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    That I don't know, but I think they are the same since he can walk through the house
    going from one router to another without a connection drop.

    Then again, he's a network pro so i bet he did some special tweaking.
     

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