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leemmcc
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Extended the wifi with an old Netgear router.

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Hi,

I'm trying to set up an old router as an extender to help with WIFI signals in parts of the house. My main point is the BT Smart Hub - Type A I got from BT. I want to use a Netgear WNR3500L as a repeater (or however is best to extend it).

https://kb.netgear.com/2745/How-To-Set-WDS-Repeater-Function-on-WNDR3300-WNR3500

I've followed the guide here of how to put the router in repeater mode. The problem I've got is I can't figure out what to do at BT Smart Hub side? The Router SSID appears but I can't get an internet connection from it.

Can anyone suggest what to do or give guidance? I've probably got something configured incorrectly.

Thanks

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bratman91
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I tried this with a TP-Link router (https://community.bt.com/t5/Home-setup-Wi-Fi-network/Using-TP-Link-W9970-router-as-Access-Point-to-H...) and eventually managed to get it to work. However, the setup was so flaky and resulted in so many IP errors with my iMac that I gave up. Maybe you will have better luck with a Netgear router but my advice is to bite the bullet and buy something designed to do the job. I bought a BT 11AC Dual Band N1200 WiFi Range Extender from Fleebay for £21 and it works well - you might be able to get something cheaper. 

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leemmcc
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I had a feeling this what be the case.  To be honest, I think I'll just do what you did as I can't have packets dropping randomly.
Thanks!

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