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Begadoc
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Extending WiFi

I want to extend the vicarage Infinity broadband network to the adjacent (30 feet) church's vestry. The vicarage has a BT Hub5 broadband connection and a wireless network. There is an ethernet Cat 6 cable running across to the vestry and a PC there connects without problems via this cable. However we do need a wirelss connection for the printer & secretary's laptop.

I have read of ways of connecting a second wireless modem/hub as a wifi repeater by altering its IP address to one outside the range of the primary modem, and other settings, but I can't get this to work (maybe because the BT supplied Hub5 modem seems to have reserved all the IP addresses from 198. * 168.1.1 to 255). The secondary modem I am tryingto use as a wifi repeater is a modern Netgear one (forget number).

Using a  wireless repeater to connectto the vicarage wireless networkis not possible - vicarage is Victorian with 1 foot thick walls; church mediaeval with 3 foot thick walls). 

Neither can I use the plug in power cable extensions as vicarage and church are on different circuits.

Has anyone managed to do what I am trying to do with the equipment I am using and if so, how did they manage it?

 

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Re: Extending WiFi

Give the Netgear an address of 192.168.1.50, turn off DHCP and connect the Cat 6 cable to a LAN port.

Edit: You can connect the vestry PC to one of the other LAN ports of the Netgear

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Begadoc
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Re: Extending WiFi

Thanks for your reply but I'm still stuck. There seem to be a large number of things I can set on the Netgear. I can switch the IP address as suggested but there is no specific option for turning off DHCP. I think that is done indiectly via one of the other settings.

I think I may have to get someone who knows whatthey are doing to set it and hope they don't charge the church too much!

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Re: Extending WiFi

If you post the exact model of the Netgear we may be able to help.

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Re: Extending WiFi

Netgear DG834PN

 

Master or primary modem - BTHub5

Settings

WPA2

ipconfig reports 

 

IP Address 192.168.1.96

Subnet 255.255.255.0

Default gateway 192.160.1.254 (the address I have to use to access admin functions on it)

 

On Netgear, currently all set to default, relevant settings screens seem to be

WAN setup

Tick or no tick

Connect automatically 

Disable port scan and DOS protection

Default DMZ server (can set IP address)

Respond to ping on internet WAN port

MTU size (default 1458

 

LAN IP setup

 

Can set IP addresses

IP address

IP subnet mask

RIP direction  (currently None)

 

Use router as DHCP server

Starting IP address

ending IP address

 

Hope this helps to help me!

Many thanks.

 

Ian

 

 

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Re: Extending WiFi


@Begadoc wrote:

Netgear DG834PN

 

Master or primary modem - BTHub5

Settings

WPA2

ipconfig reports 

 

IP Address 192.168.1.96

Subnet 255.255.255.0

Default gateway 192.160.1.254 (the address I have to use to access admin functions on it)

Should be 192.168.1.254 but I can't see in the Netgear manual how to set it.

 

On Netgear, currently all set to default, relevant settings screens seem to be

WAN setup

Tick or no tick

Connect automatically 

Disable port scan and DOS protection

Default DMZ server (can set IP address)

Respond to ping on internet WAN port

MTU size (default 1458

 

LAN IP setup

 

Can set IP addresses

IP address

IP subnet mask

RIP direction  (currently None)

 

Use router as DHCP server

Just untick this option

Starting IP address

ending IP address

 

Hope this helps to help me!

Many thanks.

 

Ian

 

 



However, the Netgear is a very old router and you might be better off just getting something like this

Edimax EW-7228APN 150Mbps 5-Port Range Extender/Access Point which is £19.99 from Amazon.

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