[Klug-general] Messing with routers in ignorance

James Blake jimmyblake at gmail.com
Thu Dec 10 15:10:32 UTC 2009

You can diasy change wireless routers, some support a proprietary way of doing it or you can use routers that support the 'open standard'  Wireless Distribution System (WDS).  I've put 'open standard' in brackets as interoperability between different vendor's WDS implementation can be tricky.

Its not just a case of switching both routers on, you'll need to set one up as a master and the other one as a satellite in the router's WDS settings.  I've actually found the easiest routers to configure for this are the Apple AirPort Extreme as a master and AirPort Express as satellites.


On 10 Dec 2009, at 14:59, Fish wrote:

> 2009/12/10 Michael E. Rentell <michael.rentell at ntlworld.com>:
>> Questions:
>> 1.      Can you daisy-chain wireless routers?
> Yes, but maybe not the way you're doing it.
> If you want to use the second one as a simple switch (sounds like it)
> then connect one PC to it alone, do a factory reset (see later) and
> then get into the config, turn off as much crap as you can (DHCP,
> wireless, the broadband connection if you can).  Give it an IP that
> won't conflict with anything (and the first DHCP server won't give
> out).
> If you like you could make it a wireless access point to increase the
> range.  If you want.
> Though, if you have the money, just get a switch.  It's a lot easier.
>> 2.      How can I reinstate the default settings on the second (brand new!)
>> router to make it useful to someone?
> Get the manual, and perform a factory reset.  It usually involves
> pushing a little inset button on the back of the unit, sometimes in a
> cryptic sequence.  The Manual should have all the answers.
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