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Hi I need to extend wifi and could also do with some extra wired connections. I have some home plugs and a few old routers. Can I connect an old router to the new one and set it up to act as a switch?… Read More
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2y, 5m agoPosted 2 years, 5 months ago
Hi I need to extend wifi and could also do with some extra wired connections. I have some home plugs and a few old routers. Can I connect an old router to the new one and set it up to act as a switch? Also can I keep the wifi active to share that also?
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2y, 5m agoPosted 2 years, 5 months ago
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yep, not like a switch. turn off the dhcp and connect the lan cable to the one of the ports that isnt the wan socket

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#1
This will be connected to a plusnet fiber router. Also is there a good router I can buy with a powerful 5g signal to connect to my faster devices?
#2
yep, not like a switch. turn off the dhcp and connect the lan cable to the one of the ports that isnt the wan socket
#3
We are with bt and we connected our old netgear router upstairs as another access point
We used a ethernet cable between the two
Hid it behind the skirting etc when we decorated
Great signal all around the house and all the back garden area
Old house and always struggled with wireless upstairs before and especially the back garden
We did ours years ago and not 100% sure about settings
We set it to factory settings then ticked a box in the config and set username and password
Can use wired andmwireless connections off of both routers and no dropnin speed
Worth a google as wasnt that hard to do tbh
#4
Thanks guys I thought it should work but wasn't sure if they would conflict with each other. It's annoying you can give likes in questions as I'm grateful to you both

Edited By: badasschris on Jan 12, 2015 21:50
#5
As long as you only use one dhcp server and connect to the slave router by any socket but it's wan then it will work fine. Remember to use the same SSID on both routers, one for each frequency I.e. 2.4ghz and 5ghz. I would use a switch to join them if you can though as they perform better than routers between computers.
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kester76
As long as you only use one dhcp server and connect to the slave router by any socket but it's wan then it will work fine. Remember to use the same SSID on both routers, one for each frequency I.e. 2.4ghz and 5ghz. I would use a switch to join them if you can though as they perform better than routers between computers.
I use the same ssid? that won't cause problems?
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badasschris
kester76
As long as you only use one dhcp server and connect to the slave router by any socket but it's wan then it will work fine. Remember to use the same SSID on both routers, one for each frequency I.e. 2.4ghz and 5ghz. I would use a switch to join them if you can though as they perform better than routers between computers.
I use the same ssid? that won't cause problems?

No, as long as the 5Ghz and 2.4Ghz are given different SSIDs then you will be ok. The reason for using the same set of SSID on both routers is that the PC will automatically jump to the best signal strength router. The router should find their own channels so they don't overlap one another.
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kester76
badasschris
kester76
As long as you only use one dhcp server and connect to the slave router by any socket but it's wan then it will work fine. Remember to use the same SSID on both routers, one for each frequency I.e. 2.4ghz and 5ghz. I would use a switch to join them if you can though as they perform better than routers between computers.
I use the same ssid? that won't cause problems?

No, as long as the 5Ghz and 2.4Ghz are given different SSIDs then you will be ok. The reason for using the same set of SSID on both routers is that the PC will automatically jump to the best signal strength router. The router should find their own channels so they don't overlap one another.

Even if the ssid is set differently to the original router, a device will switch to the stronger signal as long as it has been set up to connected to both. The problem with giving two access point the same ssid is that the security (wep, wpa, wpa2), encryption (aes, tkip) and key all have to be identical or the device will see them as 2 different wifi networks anyway.

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