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Router as access point?

Hi all,

My modem/router combo is currently in the basement but I can't move it because the fiber line executes at the modem. Needless to say, my wifi signal isn't the greatest on the second floor of the house. I have a cat6 cable running from the modem to a wall plate on the second floor of the house where I'd like to setup an access point.

My question is how do I get a second router connected to the wall plate on the second floor to broadcast the same wifi network as my modem/router in the basement? Do I simply setup the new router in access point mode with the same network SSIDs and passwords (for 2.4 and 5ghz) as my current modem/router combo in the basement? If I do this, won't there be two sets of my network name broadcasting then? E.g., if my network from the basement modem/router is called "Wifi" and I setup the SSID in the access point as "wifi" won't my devices see two "wifi" SSIDs when I look for available wifi networks? Or will these two SSIDs be consolidated into one by my devices?


Thanks for the help, really new to this.
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Yes. You can do that. That is exactly what Access point is meant for: to extend the same wifi SSID and use the same login. Device will automatically pick up the strongest one when they connect, and will switch if one of them get too weak and when they do a rescan. It won't be completely seamless but it will work with the same SSID.
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Cucumference wrote: Yes. You can do that. That is exactly what Access point is meant for: to extend the same wifi SSID and use the same login. Device will automatically pick up the strongest one when they connect, and will switch if one of them get too weak and when they do a rescan. It won't be completely seamless but it will work with the same SSID.
Thanks. Will I see two broadcasts of the same SSIDs when I scan for a network on my devices? Or will the devices somehow just publically display one?

And would it be better to buy a router and put it in access point mode, or buy an access point?
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Typhoonz wrote:
And would it be better to buy a router and put it in access point mode, or bybuy an access point?
Either will work.

For router as AP: amazon-com-refurbished-t-mobile-rt-ac68 ... 5-2185681/

For dedicated AP, buy any Ubiquiti Unifi in your price range: https://www.amazon.ca/Ubiquiti-Unifi-Ap ... B015PR20GY

My modem is also in the basement with a Cat 5e connection in the middle of the second floor. I have placed my T-mobile TM-AC1900 there which covers the entire house, including the basement.
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If you have existing Asus routers, check to see if they are AiMesh compatible and then use them as access points. AiMesh is great if you don't have ethernet run throughout your home and don't really want the hassle of doing it.
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kcorscadden wrote: If you have existing Asus routers, check to see if they are AiMesh compatible and then use them as access points. AiMesh is great if you don't have ethernet run throughout your home and don't really want the hassle of doing it.
I'd love to use mesh, but Chromecast is acting up on a mesh network. My current setup using Bell's pod mesh has been super unreliable for the Chromecast - computers won't recognize it sometimes without a reboot. Even then it stays undiscovered.

This never happened when I only used a traditional 2.4 and 5 setup.
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Typhoonz wrote: I'd love to use mesh, but Chromecast is acting up on a mesh network. My current setup using Bell's pod mesh has been super unreliable for the Chromecast - computers won't recognize it sometimes without a reboot. Even then it stays undiscovered.

This never happened when I only used a traditional 2.4 and 5 setup.
AiMesh isn't the same as the Bell pods and it works fine with Chromecast. If you have existing compatible Asus routers laying around collecting dust, what do you have to lose? Unless you are starting from scratch and completely investing in Asus just for AiMesh then why not try it?
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Typhoonz wrote: Thanks. Will I see two broadcasts of the same SSIDs when I scan for a network on my devices? Or will the devices somehow just publically display one?

And would it be better to buy a router and put it in access point mode, or buy an access point?
You will only see 1 "Wifi" because your access point (router) will be need to be configured so that it will act as the child. The modem will be the parent. So, the modem will tell your access point what to do. This is why you will only see 1 "Wifi" when scanning for available wifi networks.

Do you need instructions on how to configure a router to be an access point?
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On my Asus router it’s as simple as selecting either router or access point mode in the configuration page.
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kcorscadden wrote: AiMesh isn't the same as the Bell pods and it works fine with Chromecast. If you have existing compatible Asus routers laying around collecting dust, what do you have to lose? Unless you are starting from scratch and completely investing in Asus just for AiMesh then why not try it?
Don't have an Asus router around :(.

Edit, how do the Bell pods differ from aimesh? Are pods to repeaters? Do you have any idea why Bell pods are so iffy with Chromecast? I can't even find my FireTV to cast sometimes...
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ds2chan wrote: You will only see 1 "Wifi" because your access point (router) will be need to be configured so that it will act as the child. The modem will be the parent. So, the modem will tell your access point what to do. This is why you will only see 1 "Wifi" when scanning for available wifi networks.

Do you need instructions on how to configure a router to be an access point?
Whatever router I get, I'm assuming I simply go into the network settings and select it run as an access point? Do I need to do anything else?
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Typhoonz wrote: Don't have an Asus router around :(.

Edit, how do the Bell pods differ from aimesh? Are pods to repeaters? Do you have any idea why Bell pods are so iffy with Chromecast? I can't even find my FireTV to cast sometimes...
I don't know much about the Bell pods other than ppl think they are junk. What is nice about AiMesh is that it takes your single SSID and expands to areas of the house where it was a dead zone prior. However you don't need another SSID for that router. Depending on where you are in the house, your devices are constantly jumping between access points without you having to connect to them. They auto connect
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TP-Link has one of the easiest AP setups I've ever had to do and works rather well, https://www.tp-link.com/us/support/faq/417/. You can use these steps when connecting a TP-Link router to any other modem/router brand.
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Typhoonz wrote: Whatever router I get, I'm assuming I simply go into the network settings and select it run as an access point? Do I need to do anything else?
During setup, you'll see an option for bridge, access point or repeater.
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Is this possible to do without a wired connection between the router and access point?

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