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Wifi router on wifi router, possible?
show user profile  StevegeK
Hey guys,

Silly question and I think I know the answer, but wanted to ask nonetheless.
Is this possible?

Never had a router on a router. Thing is, the original modem and router are in the basement and there's only one cable to my apartment upstairs. And the wifi signal is HORRIBLE :P

Thx guys!

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9/25/2011 12:15:38 PM (last edit: 9/25/2011 12:15:49 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
It should be possible, but you will end up with 2 SSDID's.

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9/25/2011 12:20:53 PM (last edit: 9/25/2011 12:20:53 PM)
show user profile  STRAT
Last year I was in the position at home with 3 of my routers all connected up together, purely to extend the ranges.. Worked fine.


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9/25/2011 12:28:27 PM (last edit: 9/25/2011 12:29:51 PM)
show user profile  Jock
Thats the setup I have at the moment.
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9/25/2011 12:34:46 PM (last edit: 9/25/2011 12:34:46 PM)
show user profile  StevegeK
Where would I be without MF (prolly still on google lol)

Btw Nik: is that a problem, sounds like STD's the way you say it.

@Strat and Jock: is it just plug and play or do I need to setup a lot of techy thingies?

Btw I see there are wifi routers and wifi accesspoints, any pro's and cons?

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9/25/2011 12:41:35 PM (last edit: 9/25/2011 12:45:00 PM)
show user profile  STRAT
Plug and play for me. Me don't do techie things.


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9/25/2011 12:45:54 PM (last edit: 9/25/2011 12:45:54 PM)
show user profile  StevegeK
Now reading into it a bit, people tend to say for this I an AP is the way to go..

@Strat: nice, good to know even you did it. Makes me feel very confident. :-) *grins*

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9/25/2011 12:53:20 PM (last edit: 9/25/2011 12:53:30 PM)
show user profile  STRAT
Oi! :p

I suppose connecting routers to routers is a bit unconventional and of course not recommended by pros, but heck, works a treat. Needs must and all that. Why not?


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9/25/2011 1:14:35 PM (last edit: 9/25/2011 1:14:35 PM)
show user profile  Mr_Stabby
most routers have a bridge or at least switching functionality so ya probably doable

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9/25/2011 3:25:17 PM (last edit: 9/25/2011 3:25:17 PM)
show user profile  horizon
Yes, it's doable.

I was working in networking before (Cisco CCNA certified), and I had to do something like this in a certain cheap ass company. I even had both wifis working, and PCs had different range IPs on each router.

Put the first one in the switch mode as stabby suggested and should be just plug and play. (it could be the other way around if it wasn't for wifi on the second one, but not sure since it's needed).

What I would suggest over this setup, though, is this:

Unless your basement is 100m across it shouldn't add much to the length of the cable to deteriorate quality, and you don't have 1 unnecessary cheap network unit that only causes delay

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9/25/2011 3:41:16 PM (last edit: 9/25/2011 3:41:16 PM)
show user profile  StevegeK
Thanks! but what about an access point? I will need wifi because of several devices and the wifi downstairs is a SUPER WEAK signal. It's 3 floors below where I live. And there's onecable upstairs. So I will need to split that connection into wifi.

Options will be a router or access point...

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9/25/2011 7:33:35 PM (last edit: 9/25/2011 7:33:35 PM)
show user profile  gogodr
you can end up with 2 SSIDs if your router doesnt have an access point mode but that is not a problem ...
lets say you put the econd one on the second floor (( I have that configuration for my house actually ))

the one on the first floor haves my mother's name as SSID and the one on the second floor's name is "segundo piso" which is second floor in spanish.

what an access point does it to instead of taking the incoming internet signal and making a new network it just retransmit the same signal.

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9/25/2011 8:20:20 PM (last edit: 9/25/2011 8:21:27 PM)
show user profile  horizon
From the picture you provided only the top router is used as a wifi access point.

The bottom one doesn't seem to do anything other than extend the cable, so I thought that's its only purpose ... hence it can be substituted by a simple connector.

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9/26/2011 4:12:47 AM (last edit: 9/26/2011 4:13:56 AM)
show user profile  dd
i bought a "wifi extender" which is basically another router and it works a treat

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9/26/2011 6:43:50 AM (last edit: 9/26/2011 6:43:50 AM)
show user profile  StevegeK
OKAY to clarify the situation more:

The situation below the red line is how my "landlord" created the internet network. However his Router (Router 1) is in the basement and the signal is not ideal... basically it sucks.

Then there's one cable going 3 floors up to my place. So the question is: what to connect to the cable so all my devices (1 pc without wifi, but I'll get an usb wifi thingy, iPad, 2 laptops, tv and media player perhaps) are connected to the internet.

So what to place on the questionmark? An Access Point or Wifi Router. What are the pro's and cons?

Thaaaaaanks guys! :-)

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9/26/2011 10:51:46 AM (last edit: 9/26/2011 10:51:46 AM)
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