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Extending wireless

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Laxguy, Sep 18, 2013.

  1. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    Is there a simple way to extend wireless via an ethernet wire? Everything I've seen via Google is way complex. I have an ATT U-verse Pace modem, and a number of Netgear routers, and an Apple Airport. I don't want to interfere with Whole Home internet connections, just provide an outlet for wireless in a room that's too far away from the current modem/router.
     
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    You can put an access point (or router with DHCP off and connect via LAN port) on Ethernet cable - just use the same SSID (I'm assuming same G or N or both) and security key but be sure the wireless channels are different.

    With overlapping coverage, they hand off to the stronger signal, much like cell phones.
     
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    Wireless access points are great! I run 3 here at Hacienda del Toro in addition to the router's wireless. The APs are off of workgroup switches in strategic locations for best overall coverage. Since I went with the ASUS RTN-66U router and ASUS EA66N WAPS I can let them manage the channels themselves even.

    They are a bit of a bitch kitty to first configure though due to lack of detailed documentation but essentially simple. Other brands may be far easier.

    I recommend the switch route so you still have available wired Ethernet access after installing the WAP for those devices mot wireless equipped.

    Set up so my home has full signal coverage throughout and as a bonus, I can stream my Direct TV iPhone app while mowing the acres around the home. Great for sporting events while you work.

    Don "excess is moral imperative" Bolton
     
  5. dennisj00

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    Are you sure they're using the same channel? The screen shots show Automatic.

    InSSider will confirm Channels. If the overlap is too much, the same channel will cause interference.
     
  6. klang

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    Yep, have the same channels specified on both rather than auto. I've had no troubles.

    I have better instruction link saved at home I'll post later. Of course this is for Apple equipment. The non-obvious trick was not to select 'extend the network' on the second router as that extends the first routers WiFi instead of using the wired connection.
     
  7. lugnutathome

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    Yes. The ASUS WAPs I referred to defaulted as extenders which merely relay wireless traffic via the wireless. Only as good as it's signal strength from the points of origin.

    It can be configured as a Wireless Access Point OR a wireless bridge in addition to the extender. A bit pricey but most effective and very flexible.

    Don "wireless is most impressive these days" Bolton

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  9. Laxguy

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    This in particular?

    Since this was posted 2 1/2 years ago, I hope the last oddity was changed in the wording- I'd be surprised if it weren't.


    In any event, I appreciate all the responses. I set up my Airport Express (not Extreme) with a minimum of stress. Seems to be working fine. I gave it a separate name and PW.
     
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    Yes that was what I used.
     
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