How to Double Your Wi-Fi Network’s Range

Everyone agrees that Wi-Fi networks provide two key “benefits”: convenience and signal loss. But what if I told you that you can get rid of all your Wi-Fi problems for good, and do it in less than one hour, for a measly 50 bucks?

Yes, the solution is that simple, and it involves buying and adding a second router to your home network. And it makes sense to do that, for a significant number of reasons.

First of all, it allows you to get rid of all the dead Wi-Fi spots in your home. Then, it helps you connect a wired device, which may be too far away from your router, to the Internet. Finally, it gives you the option of creating a totally different network, allowing you to separate the devices that require big download/upload speeds from the ones that aren’t bandwidth intensive.

So, let’s see how it’s done, shall we?

Begin by setting up the new router. Place it close to a computer, and then connect to it using a standard LAN cable.

Then, follow the instructions in the router manual to finish the setup process.

You can also connect the second router to the first one using an Ethernet cable, of course. The folks at www.data-alliance.net recommend setting up the new router in client mode, in case that you go this route. So, check the router manual first, to ensure that your router supports “client mode”.

Log into your old router, and then write down its Wi-Fi channel. You will have to set a different channel for the second router; otherwise, their signals will interfere, and your Wi-Fi network will slow down to a crawl. There are several Wi-Fi apps that can tell you the router broadcasts channel, in case that you run into trouble. Just search for Wi-Fi analyzer in the Google Play store and you will find several mobile applications that can do the job.

You can also set up the second router in a way that makes it create a subnetwork. This way, you can assign certain privileges or restrictions to the devices which access the subnetwork that’s part of your home network.

Another option is to set up the second router as an access point. By doing this, you will simply extend the Wi-Fi signal range in your home, making it easier for the devices that are away from the first router to get access to the Internet, or maybe to a Wi-Fi printer that’s shared over the local network.

To do this, log into your router’s admin page, and then choose the option that turns it into either a bridge or a repeater for the signal that’s received from the first router. Each router has a different admin menu, so I’m afraid that I can’t be too specific. You will find all the needed information in the router manual, though.

It is crucial to make sure that the IP address of the new router is within the Wi-Fi network’s address range. You don’t want the new router to operate using another IP address range, or conflict with other devices that are connected to your local network.

Be sure to place the second router close enough to the first one. Too many people make the mistake of adding their Wi-Fi signal repeater in the areas that lack a strong network signal. And if you do this, the router will be unable to pick up a clean signal, amplify it, and then distribute it.

For best results, your new router should be placed 15…20 feet away from to the old one; this way, it can pick up a strong signal, amplify it, and then rebroadcast it to the devices that are away from the first router. Also, make sure to use the 2.4 GHz band; it provides a much longer range in comparison with the 5 GHz band.

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