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post #1 of 11
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I have poor reception in various areas of my house (who doesn't right?)

I have a Verizon Fios wifi router in one area which give me decent coverage over most of the house. From the Fios router, I have run a cat5 to the area of the house where I get poor reception. At the end of this run (call it the guest room) is a basic non-wifi router which works well for the equipment in that area that are cat5 capable. Is there a way to put a wifi router at the end of this same run which will essentially extend the range of my same home network?

What I am trying to avoid is having a sort of separate or sub network which is not seamless with the original fios network. For example, I have a printer in the guest room which has wifi, but no cat5 jack. With the bad reception and no jack, I can't use the printer from the rest of the house. I would like this printer to 'seen' by the Windows 7 computers in the rest of the house. Similarly, but less importantly, it would be great if my phone seamlessly switched to the new router when I'm in that area.

Perhaps this is as easy as replacing my standard router with a wifi router and setting the SSID to be the same as my Fios network but I'm guessing it is harder than that?
post #2 of 11
Yes this is possible. The second router should be setup as an access point. Where that setting is will vary depending on the router.

Then set the ssid and encryption to be the same as the fios router.
post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by volfan6415 View Post

Yes this is possible. The second router should be setup as an access point. Where that setting is will vary depending on the router.

Then set the ssid and encryption to be the same as the fios router.

That, but make the channels different.
post #4 of 11
Also, make sure for the 2nd router that you connect the ethernet cable from the 1st router into one of the LAN ports on the 2nd router. And turn off the DHCP server on the 2nd router.
post #5 of 11
What these guys said. I've done exactly what you want to do. I have a Asus RT-66 connected to my Fios router to try and improve wireless speed and coverage. Shut off the wireless on the Fios router. In fact, the Asus asks if you want to use it as an Access Point and changes the settings for you.
post #6 of 11
Can your FIOS gateway be a modem only?
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post #8 of 11
As everyone before me said it can be done. I have 3 routers on my network all running as access points. My latest is the net gear nighthawk and it is awesome. I turned the wireless off on my fios. I however am using power line Ethernet to connect them since it isn't feasible to wire them at the moment. Just make sure that they are one different channels or they will interfere with each other. Also turn off dhcp.
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post #10 of 11
And yet another step-by-step setup article from my favorite Networking site:

http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wireless/wireless-basics/30355-how-to-add-an-access-point-to-a-wireless-router
post #11 of 11
gio's linked article from SmallNetBuilder is the one I used to do this. Works great. As far as having your phone switch networks, I use an Android app called Super WiFi Manager that has a feature called WiFi Priority for switching networks when signal strength is a set amount different.
Edited by jdougmc - 2/7/14 at 8:04am
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