How can I connect one wireless router to another?

Drsunil V April 18, 2014
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How to configure connecting one wireless router to another? What is the difference between connecting them to ethernet port or WAN port?

  1. Oron J
    May 10, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Powerline adapters (the ordinary ones, not the ones with WiFi) are basically very similar to having a network cable, except that you can have many of them in a single household. You can connect two routers to each other for different purposes.
    For example, let's say that your household actually spans two houses with a little courtyard in between them. You have set up your main router (let's call it the gateway) so it connects the first house to the internet. By placing another router in the second house, and connecting the two to each other (either with ethernet or powerline, let's not go into that right now), you can extend your network. The second router provides extra sockets and WiFi in, but you have to set it up in "switch mode" (or bridge mode, in this context the difference is not important) so that the two won't conflict with each other.
    Another scenario is that you want to have a separate network for guests. You will use basic security (or even none, shock, horror!) but you don't want the users in the guest network to access your own network (that is, the computers which are connected to the gateway). Again, you connect the routers to each other as before, but this time you have to configure both routers in a special way so that: 1) the gateway will be aware that the second router has its own network (and set up appropriate security) and 2) the second router will need to be set up to dish out its own limited range of IP addresses, as well as having a separate WiFi setup. You could say this is a special example of setting up an access point. Sorry!
    The difficulty that I'm having in giving straight answers to your questions is that I don't know what you are actually trying to acheive. There are so many possible ways that gateways, bridges, routers, switches, repeaters and WiFi this or that can be connected that it's not really possible to cover all scenarios. I hope this information has been useful.

    • Drsunil V
      May 11, 2014 at 4:58 pm

      Thanks for your sincere endeavor to respond to my query. Yes the information is useful. Please note , the query is not for seperate network for guests! I understand the first scenario which you mentioned quote -- "For example, let’s say that your household actually spans two houses with a little courtyard in between them. You have set up your main router (let’s call it the gateway) so it connects the first house to the internet. By placing another router in the second house, and connecting the two to each other (either with ethernet or powerline, let’s not go into that right now), you can extend your network. The second router provides extra sockets and WiFi in, but you have to set it up in “switch mode” (or bridge mode, in this context the difference is not important) so that the two won’t conflict with each other." -- unquote , is what I am looking for.

    • Drsunil V
      May 19, 2014 at 12:48 pm

      Thanks. Please note , the query is not for seperate network for guests! I understand the first scenario which you mentioned quote — “For example, let’s say that your household actually spans two houses with a little courtyard in between them. You have set up your main router (let’s call it the gateway) so it connects the first house to the internet. By placing another router in the second house, and connecting the two to each other (either with ethernet or powerline, let’s not go into that right now), you can extend your network. The second router provides extra sockets and WiFi in, but you have to set it up in “switch mode” (or bridge mode, in this context the difference is not important) so that the two won’t conflict with each other.” — unquote , is what I am looking for.

    • Drsunil V
      May 19, 2014 at 12:49 pm

      Please tell , how to set second router in switch or bridge mode via powerline

    • Drsunil V
      May 20, 2014 at 5:11 pm

      oops! I recollect that you twice told about the two links to enable wifi router to bridge or wire less access point. thanks

  2. Oron J
    April 22, 2014 at 7:38 am

    The main difference is that enabling a wireless access point means that you are setting up a new WiFi network, whereas extending coverage implies extending an existing network, i.e. keeping the same SSID, security settings etc. (I suppose it doesn't have to be done that way, but that's what most people would want anyway).

    All wireless routers can be set up as access point (the "wireless" bit in the description is actually short for "Wireless access point", as the router itself is not wireless). Extending a wireless network requires an extender of some sort (as we've discussed elsewhere), or setting up the router(s) in a very particular way. Not all routers, or router combinations can be used to extend a WiFi network, but you're in luch with your setup.

    • Drsunil V
      April 23, 2014 at 8:15 am

      Thanks. You mentioned "The main difference is that enabling a wireless access point means that you are setting up a new WiFi network, whereas extending coverage implies extending an existing network, "
      Please tell , setting up a new WiFi network by connecting one wireless router to another , would automatically extend wireless coverage from primary router,isnt it? Please clarify

    • Drsunil V
      April 23, 2014 at 8:28 am

      Please note that question implies : How to connect one wireless router to another through powerline , to extend wifi near secondary powerline adapter?

    • Oron J
      April 24, 2014 at 7:22 am

      Sorry, I'm not sure I understand your question/comment. The first link I gave explains how to set up your router in the correct mode to allow you to use it to extend a WiFi network. The second link gives information on DD-WRT (which allows this, amongst many other features). Will that not do?

    • Drsunil V
      April 24, 2014 at 10:51 am

      I am looking for enhancing wifi coverage of primary router from one room to another wifi ( secondary ) router in another room via powerline. Please tell how it can be done

    • Oron J
      April 26, 2014 at 4:56 pm

      The two links I provided earlier explain how to do this. The first one addresses your question directly.
      The second article explains how to change the firmware on your router so that it runs under the DD-WRT system. DD-WRT is an open-source operating system for routers (routers are a type of computer, after all) and it is a very rich system with many options, including WiFi extension. To use DD-WRT, you'll need to dig into the DD-WRT documentation, as it is completely different from what is currently on your router.

    • Drsunil V
      April 29, 2014 at 5:21 pm

      Thanks. Jaya!

    • Drsunil V
      May 10, 2014 at 3:07 pm

      hi. Please tell , what you have mentioned in earlier threads of this conversation , can connect router - to - router ( not as access point ) but wired connection between two wireless router , that too through powerline adapter? there are three criteriae : not as access point , wired connection , through powerline adapter unit with one router already relaying internet from primary adapter of powerline adapter unit. thanks for putting a lot of effort on this topic

  3. Oron J
    April 20, 2014 at 9:31 am

    That router does not have specific features to operate in bridge or AP modes. I've found instructions on how to set it up manually at http://forums.dlink.com/index.php?topic=40856.0 . Also, according to http://forums.dlink.com/index.php?topic=50884.0 you can install DD-WRT which is very powerful open source firmware for routers. Probably more work to set up, but should allow you to do anything you want with that router. Good luck!

    • Drsunil V
      April 22, 2014 at 4:32 am

      Thanks. Please tell what is difference in connecting two routers , to 'enable wireless access point' and to 'extending wireless converage' ( of the non-Dlink router via the Dlink router ). The earlier messages seem to convey that both are different and require different processes. Also what is diff between connecting one router to another WAN port and Ethernet port

  4. Oron Joffe
    April 18, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    It depends on the router. If your "extension" router supports it, the simplest solution is to set it to "Wireless Access Point mode" or "bridge mode" and that would be it. If those are not possible, it may (or may not) be possible to use the router as a wireless extension, but for starters, we'd need to know the make & model.

    • Drsunil V
      April 19, 2014 at 5:51 am

      Thanks for reply. The router to connect to , is D-Link's model "DIR 600 Wireless 150"

  5. Sunil
    April 18, 2014 at 10:08 am

    To extend wifi via powerline

  6. Bruce E
    April 18, 2014 at 8:02 am

    How you go about doing this depends on what you are specifically trying to accomplish. Exactly what do you want the end result to be?

    • Drsunil V
      April 19, 2014 at 5:52 am

      Thanks. In order to extend wifi to another room using powerline adapter

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