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Can I Use 2 Wifi Routers together?
« on: March 09, 2011, 03:52:43 PM »
Basically I've got two Wireless routers handy and poor signal at the opposite end of my house. Can I set up the routers to broadcast the same domain name and internet connection or will that just cause a conflict reducing reliability and signal strength?


Converting this question into English: "Can I use two wifi routers in tandem?"
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Re: Can I Use 2 Wifi Routers together?
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2011, 02:48:51 AM »
Yes.
The ideal way is to have the two routers directly connected via cable.

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    Re: Can I Use 2 Wifi Routers together?
    « Reply #2 on: March 10, 2011, 05:16:27 AM »
    Depending on the makes / models, you can do some pretty clever stuff.

    I do exactly what you're talking about using 2 x Netgear DG834G's using the Advanced Wireless features, without a cable running between them.

    With that said though, it's only a small house, and both routers have to be in range of each other for this to work.

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    Re: Can I Use 2 Wifi Routers together?
    « Reply #3 on: March 11, 2011, 01:37:12 AM »
    Awesome, so If I connect the two routers together via cable (old one used to be connect up to a basic cable modem anyway) and set the same domain name, password and channel to match it should work?
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      Re: Can I Use 2 Wifi Routers together?
      « Reply #4 on: March 11, 2011, 02:05:11 AM »
      Awesome, so If I connect the two routers together via cable (old one used to be connect up to a basic cable modem anyway) and set the same domain name, password and channel to match it should work?

      The cable will need to be an ethernet cable (assuming both routers also have at least one ethernet cable), but yeah, it should work.

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      Re: Can I Use 2 Wifi Routers together?
      « Reply #5 on: March 11, 2011, 12:04:01 PM »
      The cable will need to be an ethernet cable (assuming both routers also have at least one ethernet cable), but yeah, it should work.

      I can't use a serial cable then? j/k
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        Re: Can I Use 2 Wifi Routers together?
        « Reply #6 on: March 12, 2011, 10:10:31 AM »
        I can't use a serial cable then? j/k

        In another thread someone tried to use the dsl cable between two routers, so since then I've tried to be a bit clearer, sorry about that :)

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        Re: Can I Use 2 Wifi Routers together?
        « Reply #7 on: March 12, 2011, 01:53:48 PM »
        Ok, I now have a unified domain name, 802.11gn wifi with no where being below excellent signal strength. But I'm getting different network speeds:

        On the directly wired computer (LAN) I get ~31Mbps
        On the laptop next to the routers I get ~5Mbps
        On the furthest computer from the routers I get ~19Mbps

        So Direct = 31Mbps
        5ft = 5Mbps
        15ft = 19Mbps

        What am I doing wrong?
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        Re: Can I Use 2 Wifi Routers together?
        « Reply #8 on: March 12, 2011, 03:11:34 PM »
        Small addition: I have now set my network to g to normalise connection speeds but that reduces the signal strength. My old router is only capable of b & g btw.

        (It appears that g has a limit of 20Mbps if i'm reading wikipedia correclty.)
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          Re: Can I Use 2 Wifi Routers together?
          « Reply #9 on: March 12, 2011, 06:05:32 PM »
          Small addition: I have now set my network to g to normalise connection speeds but that reduces the signal strength. My old router is only capable of b & g btw.

          (It appears that g has a limit of 20Mbps if i'm reading wikipedia correclty.)

          B = 11Mbps
          G = 54Mbps (but any encryption will eat into that)

          When you say domain name, do you mean the wireless SSID (network name)?

          How did you get the speeds?

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          Re: Can I Use 2 Wifi Routers together?
          « Reply #10 on: March 13, 2011, 03:24:39 AM »
          Sorry, yes I mean SSID and my listed speeds are from testing various computers on speedtest.net (so their internet connection speeds).
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            Re: Can I Use 2 Wifi Routers together?
            « Reply #11 on: March 13, 2011, 10:41:32 AM »
            Sorry, yes I mean SSID and my listed speeds are from testing various computers on speedtest.net (so their internet connection speeds).

            31Mbps download speed?! Woah...that's insane.

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            Re: Can I Use 2 Wifi Routers together?
            « Reply #12 on: March 13, 2011, 11:05:37 AM »
            31Mbps download speed?! Woah...that's insane.

            Yeah, it was a one off payment upgrade from 20. I did have the option of 50 for an extra monthly fee but what do i need it for?

            So... Any ideas on how to pump that speed down a wifi connection?
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              Re: Can I Use 2 Wifi Routers together?
              « Reply #13 on: March 13, 2011, 01:32:44 PM »
              Yeah, it was a one off payment upgrade from 20. I did have the option of 50 for an extra monthly fee but what do i need it for?

              So... Any ideas on how to pump that speed down a wifi connection?

              So you've got three different computers all registering different speeds...

              Ok, can you run speed tests on each one in isolation (so no other internet activity on the LAN (i.e. one at a time))?

              Have you got any wifi analysing tools?  It might be worth seeing what channels you're using, and if there are any clearer channels (if there are lots of wifi networks around).


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                Re: Can I Use 2 Wifi Routers together?
                « Reply #14 on: March 13, 2011, 03:50:57 PM »
                So you've got three different computers all registering different speeds...

                Ok, can you run speed tests on each one in isolation (so no other internet activity on the LAN (i.e. one at a time))?

                Have you got any wifi analysing tools?  It might be worth seeing what channels you're using, and if there are any clearer channels (if there are lots of wifi networks around).

                I couldn't modify for some reason, so take a look at this:

                http://www.metageek.net/products/inssider/