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post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
I'm trying to use a second wireless router as a repeater and I'm having a small problem.

I have the second router connected to the first via cable in the LAN port. Router 2 has DHCP turned off and when I connect to it I have confirmed that I am getting DHCP from router 1.

I can connect to router 2 via wireless and wired and I do get internet access from router 1. This is all super fantastic! However, when I connect to router 2 via wireless, I cannot connect to any other network devices that are connected to router 1 via wireless. This defeats the purpose of extending the wireless. I want to connect a laptop to router 2 (which is closer) and connect to a security cam that is on router 1 via wireless.

Make sense?

Can it work?
post #2 of 20
What brand/model is your router?
post #3 of 20
Thread Starter 
Router 1 is a DLink Gamer, router 2 is a DLink 624.
post #4 of 20
Can you see all wireless devices from a device with a wired connection?
post #5 of 20
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by fcwilt View Post

Can you see all wireless devices from a device with a wired connection?

From which router?
post #6 of 20
The LAN port on router 1 should be connected to the LAN port on router 2. So it's all one network.
post #7 of 20
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by fcwilt View Post

The LAN port on router 1 should be connected to the LAN port on router 2. So it's all one network.

Yes, that is how I set it up.

Static IP on R2 with no DHCP.
post #8 of 20
So back to my original question. Can you see all wireless devices from a device that is hardwired to the network?
post #9 of 20
Thread Starter 
Yes, the wired devices can see the wireless devices.

Only wireless to wireless is not working.
post #10 of 20
Look for a setting that is either "inter SSID filtering or blocking" or "blocking within SSID". I have seen access points that come with that setting checked as default. Not sure on the routers though.
post #11 of 20
Thread Starter 
Sorry, I don't see it.
post #12 of 20
Does a wireless device that is connected via "router 1" have the same sub-net value as a wireless device connected via "router 2"?

If they ARE the same look then for a wireless setting in the routers with the word "isolation" in the label.
post #13 of 20
Thread Starter 
Yes, 255.255.255.0.

However, a device on R2 shows a gateway of .100 while a device on R1 shows .1.
post #14 of 20
Thread Starter 
Never mind. I forgot I had turned on DHCP on R2 while I was trying different stuff.

I turned it off and the R2 device acquired a new IP with a gateway of .1.

And still can't access a WL device on R1.
post #15 of 20
I cannot find a DLink Gamer - does it have a number Model Number?
post #16 of 20
Thread Starter 
DLink GamerLoung dgl4300
post #17 of 20
Each router is using a different wireless channel correct?
post #18 of 20
Thread Starter 
Wow, I missed the last post.

Yes, different channels.

However, I set everything up again and now it works. Not only do the wireless devices talk to each other across routers, I'm also getting internet access from router 2. Which wasn't happening before.

However...part 2. Now router 2 is flaking out once or twice a day. It drops all wireless devices and won't reconnect until I connect them to router 1. I think is happening because I enable WPA2 on both routers.

Maybe it is time to get a new router. smile.gif


Thanks
post #19 of 20
Hi,

JFYI the channels to use are 1, 6 and 11. They are the only ones that don't overlap, so you will get the best performance.

WPA2 can be problematic. But enabling it on both routers should not be a problem. The router itself may be the problem. Also FYI you don't need a router for additional wireless coverage, all you need is an wireless access point (WAP or AP).

I myself don't use "combo" devices. My router, switches and APs are all separate devices. This allows me to chose the device best suited for the task. YMMV.
post #20 of 20
Thread Starter 
I'm using 1 and 11. 6 is preferred for turbo mode but it's crowded in my neighborhood.

Thanks for the good info.
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