can I use an extra router to extend a wireless network?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mark2288, Aug 17, 2007.

  1. mark2288 macrumors regular

    Jan 11, 2006
    Hi all, the subject basically tells everything - I have a router at one end of my house and have an extra router laying around. If I plug it in in another room will it extend my wireless network - if I have to do any configuration, what do I need to do???

    Thanks in advance for any help!
  2. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    This depends on what type of router you have. But ultimately you need to have the option for WDS (wireless distribution system). You need to setup your second router to not be a DHCP router and only a bridging router. At that point you will be able to extend your network. Its not too tough to do, definitely worth learning about if you have two routers.

    With Linksys routers you can upgrade the firmware to take advantage of this, Belkin's have it built-in I think. D-Link has it built-in too I think, but Google can help you figure that out. Let me know if any more Q's.

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