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Hello there.

Here's the situation. A friend has a wireless router downstairs and would like to use devices upstairs wirelessly. The problem is that the signal runs weak by the time it gets to their bedroom and is so slow that it's not even worth using. That's of course if it hasn't dropped already!

Now, in this room already is a iMac that is hard wired in. Would it be possible to hook a device up to look like the below.

Wireless router > Ethernet cable > wireless repeater or access point > Ethernet cable > iMac.

Would this work and be able to boost the current network?

I'm no network guru so if I have missed anything obvious, please let me know and provide some suggestions.
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Might as well just stick another AP/router there.

With consumer grade devices you can simply:
  • Disable DHCP on router 2
  • Assign a static LAN IP on router 2 outside of the DHCP range of router 1
  • Connect using the LAN ports
  • Establish the same SSID and encryption but on a channel at least 3 away from current

That should increase your coverage while remaining in the same ethernet broadcast domain. You can simply plug the Mac into another one of the switch ports, too.
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Originally Posted by beers View Post

Might as well just stick another AP/router there.

With consumer grade devices you can simply:
  • Disable DHCP on router 2
  • Assign a static LAN IP on router 2 outside of the DHCP range of router 1
  • Connect using the LAN ports
  • Establish the same SSID and encryption but on a channel at least 3 away from current

That should increase your coverage while remaining in the same ethernet broadcast domain. You can simply plug the Mac into another one of the switch ports, too.

Thanks for the information, it seems simply enough in theory so might have to give it a go.

http://www.viking-direct.co.uk/catalog/catalogSku.do?id=6181461&cm_mmc=googleplusbox-_-feed-_-modems-and-routers-_-6181461&_%24ja%3Dkw%3AZoom+Wireless-N+Router/Access+Point/Repeater%7Ccgn:pla-Computing+and+Communicating+%3E+Computer+Accessories+and+Laptop+Accessories%7Ctsid:22005%7Cmt:{MatchType}%7Ccrid:14651593937&gclid=COr4z5bL7bMCFSHHtAodNEAA2Q#tabdescclass

The link above is the one I was looking at. I assume that this one will be just fine?
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Bump. Can anyone just check the link above and confirm that this will work as planned?
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I'm not familiar with Viking but these are standard features a router normally have so, it is very possible. To eliminate any possibilities that I'm wrong, I would suggest going with any of the following brands I know for a fact support the features mentioned above, Linksys, Cisco, Netgear, D-Link, Belkin, TrendNET


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"Model 4403 can be in Ethernet Client or Wireless Repeater mode. Ethernet Client mode adds powerful wireless capability to a computer, game station, or other device that has an Ethernet jack. Wireless Repeater mode can be used to extend the range of a wireless network. Detachable external antenna provides high performance. Replacement by a larger"


So yes. It can.
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It's called a Client Access Point.

I use one in my basement for my Xbox and my home theater. Works great, never had a single issue with my TP-Link. It has several modes as well so if need be I can change it around.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by beers View Post

Might as well just stick another AP/router there.
With consumer grade devices you can simply:
  • Disable DHCP on router 2
  • Assign a static LAN IP on router 2 outside of the DHCP range of router 1
  • Connect using the LAN ports
  • Establish the same SSID and encryption but on a channel at least 3 away from current
That should increase your coverage while remaining in the same ethernet broadcast domain. You can simply plug the Mac into another one of the switch ports, too.

I did something similar. I have a non wireless Cisco router connected to my cable modem and wanted wanted to centralize wireless connection. So I ran a cable to my office and connected a wireless router so it will cover most of the house from there.

What I did was:
Disable DCHP for the second router
Set static IP for the second router (For example main router has 192.168.1.1... set second router to 192.168.1.2).
Set wireless settings
Plug the router to one of the numbered ports not the LAN port.

For some reason I couldn't get it to work by plugging the second router using the LAN port.
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Originally Posted by beers View Post

Might as well just stick another AP/router there.
With consumer grade devices you can simply:
  • Disable DHCP on router 2
  • Assign a static LAN IP on router 2 outside of the DHCP range of router 1
  • Connect using the LAN ports
  • Establish the same SSID and encryption but on a channel at least 3 away from current
That should increase your coverage while remaining in the same ethernet broadcast domain. You can simply plug the Mac into another one of the switch ports, too.

I did something similar. I have a non wireless Cisco router connected to my cable modem and wanted wanted to centralize wireless connection. So I ran a cable to my office and connected a wireless router so it will cover most of the house from there.

What I did was:
Disable DCHP for the second router
Set static IP for the second router (For example main router has 192.168.1.1... set second router to 192.168.1.2).
Set wireless settings
Plug the router to one of the numbered ports not the LAN port.

For some reason I couldn't get it to work by plugging the second router using the LAN port.

Thanks for the information!
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