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Old October 28, 2010, 03:46 PM
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I've recently moved into our first home and one of the items we had added to the house is having cat5e wire run from a central location in the basement to various jacks through out the house. While this has worked very well for networking our computers and media players, one draw back has been out wireless signal.

Even with a N band router i don't get very good signal out side of the basement (where the homerun is located), I need a router in the basement because this is where the cable line comes into the house. I am not sure if i get a wired router to place in the basement and then run the wireless router off of a Ethernet jack on a different floor if this would solve my issue. Or if this would even work. Does anyone have any suggestions or advice on how i could set this up so that i could get stronger Wifi signal on my other floors?


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Old October 28, 2010, 05:47 PM
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I'd just buy another identical router (if possible).

Then plug it into any of the LAN jacks you have throughout your house. Plug it into the LAN ports on the router, do not use the WAN port. Then plug the computer into one of the LAN ports as well.

This way it effectively acts as a switch with access point. Setup the SSID, Wireless key, Channel, etc identical to the main router. Your wireless computers should then roam freely between them.

The only other step you might have to do before hand is plug the router into a PC (via LAN ports) and go to the configuration page and change the router's IP address so that it doesn't conflict with your main router. In most cases your main router will be and then you can make the 2nd one

I do this in my house with a similar setup. Modem and main router in the basement, 2nd router on the main floor.
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Old October 28, 2010, 07:26 PM
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+ make sure you disable DHCP from the 2nd router.

Thats exactly the same set up i have at home. 1st router is in the basement and 2nd one up on the second floor.
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