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So I am trying to setup a second router on my wireless network, which typically is fairly easy and not difficult to do. However, I currently am in control of the wireless network within my apartment building (small building) and I am looking to make my own private network which piggy backs off the main one. I don't know if this is possible/how to do it.

Essentially I am looking to improve my own connection for my consoles/pc and currently I cannot run a cable from the first router to a second (for various reasons). The main network is being used by approximately 12 other people.

The main router being used is an Apple Airport Extreme, I haven't purchased/decided on the second router yet. But I would prefer to not have another Apple router.

I've been looking around trying to find something similar to what I am trying to do, but I haven't seen anything that looks to solve my issue. Any thoughts?
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So you want to connect to the router but you can't use a cable to do this? You will have to use a router that supports a 3rd party OS to connect, this will give you a weird connection. The next easiest way would be to pretend and get a second router and use the first one as a modem for the second one you get. Hopefully this makes sense, I probably didn't explain it the best. You would be doing this
http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Wireless_Bridge
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I'll look into it some more, I'm not in a huge rush. Thanks a bunch.
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Originally Posted by waldoh74 View Post

So I am trying to setup a second router on my wireless network, which typically is fairly easy and not difficult to do. However, I currently am in control of the wireless network within my apartment building (small building) and I am looking to make my own private network which piggy backs off the main one. I don't know if this is possible/how to do it.

Essentially I am looking to improve my own connection for my consoles/pc and currently I cannot run a cable from the first router to a second (for various reasons). The main network is being used by approximately 12 other people.

The main router being used is an Apple Airport Extreme, I haven't purchased/decided on the second router yet. But I would prefer to not have another Apple router.

I've been looking around trying to find something similar to what I am trying to do, but I haven't seen anything that looks to solve my issue. Any thoughts?

You can convert most consumer routers into wireless repeaters or buy a wireless repeater but if the connection is crap in your apartment to begin with it won't help.

I would explore a different approach, contact your building manager and get a cable installed from the first router to a switch in your apartment, it will save you a lot of heartache and frustration. Unless your borrowing the wifi, in which case get your own internet then...
Edited by Death Dealer - 10/1/15 at 8:26am
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