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    Using TP-Link TL-WR841N as a range extender

    Region : UnitedKingdom

    Model : TL-WR841N

    Hardware Version : v7

    Firmware Version :

    ISP : SKY


    Region : UnitedKingdom

    Model : TL-WR841N

    Hardware Version : V7

    Firmware Version :

    ISP : SKY


    Hi

    I'm using my Sky wireless router in an upstairs room but it doesn't cover the whole of the house and garden.

    I therefore set up a spare TP-Link wireless router (TL-WR841N) downstairs in order to extend the range.
    I disabled DHCP server and set a static IP address (different to my Sky router but within the same range).

    I then set up the Wireless settings (SSID, Channel, security).
    So my Sky router is 192.168.0.1, channel 1, security with password and SSIS is network1
    And my TP-Link is 192.168.0.2. channel 6, security with password and SSIS is network2
    I have a wired cat5e connection from the TP-Link to the network (i.e. routers can connect over the wired LAN rather than wirelessly/WDS bridging?).

    This means that if I'm using a device upstairs then I connect to network1.
    If I'm downstairs I connect to network2.

    My question is can I use the second router (the TP-Link) purely as a range extender without specifying a different SSID etc.?
    That way I would only see one wireless network (network1) rather than the 2 that I currently have (network1 and network2).
    I presume then that I would just connect to whichever access point was nearest/gave the strongest signal?

    How do I set the Tp-Link TL-WR841N up to do that?

    Thanks

  2. #2
    As far as I am concerned, the TP-LINK will have its own network either setting it up by using the WDS bridging or the way you have done. I think you can try this: leave the channel and IP address as what you already had, then on the TP-LINK router, you man set the same SSID as network1, use the same security type and same password as the Sky router has.
    I think the wireless clients will automatically pick up the one which has a better signal when you are at different places.
    Hope this can help.


 

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