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Hello

My friend has poor signal strength in the upstairs of their house and is causing problems when using iPads, laptops etc.

However, they also have an iMac upstairs hard wired in via ethernet. I was wondering if there would be a viable solution to help boost the strength upstairs using this computer. Whether connecting a device directly to the computer or a device between the router and computer (but still located upstairs).

If so, what would you recommend? I look forward to hearing from you.

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Hello

My friend has poor signal strength in the upstairs of their house and is causing problems when using iPads, laptops etc.

However, they also have an iMac upstairs hard wired in via ethernet. I was wondering if there would be a viable solution to help boost the strength upstairs using this computer. Whether connecting a device directly to the computer or a device between the router and computer (but still located upstairs).

If so, what would you recommend? I look forward to hearing from you.

Crooks

Connect a wireless router upstairs off the hard line. Just make sure the DHCP is set to a different IP address
example 192.168.1.2 - 192.168.1.199 is the first wireless router
the second router should be set to 192.168.2.2
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Hello

My friend has poor signal strength in the upstairs of their house and is causing problems when using iPads, laptops etc.

However, they also have an iMac upstairs hard wired in via ethernet. I was wondering if there would be a viable solution to help boost the strength upstairs using this computer. Whether connecting a device directly to the computer or a device between the router and computer (but still located upstairs).

If so, what would you recommend? I look forward to hearing from you.

Crooks

Connect a wireless router upstairs off the hard line. Just make sure the DHCP is set to a different IP address
example 192.168.1.2 - 192.168.1.199 is the first wireless router
the second router should be set to 192.168.2.2

Would I be able to connect a second router directly from the first? Using the same phone line?

Phone line > Router > ethernet upstairs > router > iMac?

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yeah no problem at all. Again the second router can not have the same ip range as the first.
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how many devices are using lan downstairs?
    
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If you have a second router/AP just hook it up upstairs, set it to the same SSID+password and a different channel and you're good. Just make sure to turn off DHCP on the second router and use the lan ports and not the internet port.

I have a setup like this with two routers on opposite ends of both floors of my house (~80ft apart) and I get 3/4 to full signal everywhere.
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Connect a wireless router upstairs off the hard line. Just make sure the DHCP is set to a different IP address
example 192.168.1.2 - 192.168.1.199 is the first wireless router
the second router should be set to 192.168.2.2

Needless.

It's easier to put the second router into AP(Access Point) mode. This way there is no messing around with DHCPs. If you have multiple DHCPs you'll run into situations where you'll need to release and renew a lot.
    
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Connect a wireless router upstairs off the hard line. Just make sure the DHCP is set to a different IP address
example 192.168.1.2 - 192.168.1.199 is the first wireless router
the second router should be set to 192.168.2.2

Needless.

It's easier to put the second router into AP(Access Point) mode. This way there is no messing around with DHCPs. If you have multiple DHCPs you'll run into situations where you'll need to release and renew a lot.

AKA turn off DHCP completely on the 2nd router, plug in your ethernet wire upstairs (from the 1st router) into a LAN port on your 2nd router, then connect another ethernet wire from the 2nd router (another LAN port) to the iMac and follow:
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If you have a second router/AP just hook it up upstairs, set it to the same SSID+password and a different channel and you're good. Just make sure to turn off DHCP on the second router and use the lan ports and not the internet port.

I have a setup like this with two routers on opposite ends of both floors of my house (~80ft apart) and I get 3/4 to full signal everywhere.

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