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Connecting two routers wirelessly

Discussion in 'Networking & Security' started by TheAvenger AUS, Jul 2, 2009.

  1. TheAvenger AUS

    TheAvenger AUS New Member

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    Hi all,

    Recently I purchased a (second) wireless router to use in my home, to set up a wireless connection for my tv and xbox. Perhaps this was a waste of money or a poor purchase, I'm still figuring this out.

    So, I currently have a modem/router hooked up in the study (Belkin wireless N router) which is connected to a wall socket for the internet. To this router is connected an older computer and my printer. In another room I have my good PC, which connects wirelessly to this router (I'll call it router 1) using a PCI wireless card.

    What I want to achieve is have this newly purchased router (router 2) set up in the living room, with a hardwire connection to my 360 and tv. Router 2 is also a belkin wireless N. Both Router 1 & 2 can be set as Acess Points.

    I don't however want to connect router 1 and 2 by cable. it's a distance of around 30 metres and I don't want cables lying all over the floor. This isn't an issue of signal strength either. I just want to be able to connect the TV and xbox to the internet in a different room to where Router 1 is.

    So is this even possible? And if so, how can I make this setup work? I've tried searching for answers but can only find solutions where they use a cable to connect the two routers.

    I've attached an image of the desired setup as well.


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  2. Mussels

    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

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    you cant connect two routers without issues anyway, so you'd need to disable routing features on the second router and use it as a wireless repeater/bridge.

    Theres a lot of problems with these setups, you cant use WPA encryption (WEP only) and you need matching devices in most cases.

    With your setup, you should look up homeplug. it uses the electrical wiring in your house (plugs into a power socket), solves your problem a lot easier.

    Router1 - homeplug 1

    Homeplug 2 - switch (hub) - xbox etc
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  3. Pinchy New Member

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    Yeah the only way it would work is if you get two routers which support wireless bridging.

    If you can get a PC in your living room though, you can connect that to the belkin via wireless and then hardwire the xbox/tv to that (via a switch or something), simply by turning on ICS.

    Much cheaper way is to run a cable through the wall to the new room ;)
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