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I have a decent enough WiFi network in the house just off the router. I have a detached garage and decided to just run ethernet out there instead of trying to get reliable WiFi that far away

OK, but now I'd like to also have WiFi out there. Would a second WiFi enabled router (at the garage end of the ethernet) or a switch and a WAP (again, in the garage) be better? I'd like the WiFi network to transition from house to garage without having to log on to a different network or anything like that, and I really want to keep the ethernet to the garage instead of trying to expand the WiFi coverage of my existing WiFi off the existing router.

And I'm also not the most networking savvy guy around, as if you can't tell.

Thanks as always.
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plug your new router in to the ethernet in the garage...

change the ip on it from 192.168.0.1 to 192.168.0.2, or whatever you are using, change the last number to one higher

turn off the dhcp server on the router in the garage.

set up a new ssid and password, done.

make sure the ethernet on the router in the garage is not plugged in to the wan port. anyone but the wan will work.
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Can the SSID and Password be the same as the WiFi network in the house/existing router? And would that cause conflicts if coverage from both WiFi signals overlapped?

Also, could I plug in additional ethernet devices into the LAN ports of the second router (use it like a switch)?
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It might but if the signals don't overlap you should be fine.

And yes you can plug other things in to the router in the garbage.
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If the SSID and security settings are the same and the channels are different for both access points, your devices will connect seamlessly to whichever signal is stronger.
    
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And yes you can plug other things in to the router in the garbage.



I see what you said there.... LOL
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I see what you said there.... LOL

heh whoops Freudian slip?
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OK, got it working! Set the IP of second router outside the DHCP range of the first router, turned DHCP off on second router, plugged ethernet into a LAN port, set SSID and WPA2 password same as first router, set them on different channels, and bam! It's switching and wireless AP functioning.

Thanks again. I looked at a few other tutorials on the web, but you guys got me pointed in the right direction.
Edited by GnarlyCharlie - 8/10/13 at 11:48am
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