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Trying to set up a flexible full-coverage home network for 3 laptops with built-in WI-FI and two printers (hp OfficeJet and LaserJet). Laptops -- one is a new hp laptop with Windows 7 home version, the second is a Dell with Windows XP Professional, and the third is hp with Windows XP Professional.

I have Verizon DSL (with a Westell Wirespeed DSL Modem) and 2 Linksys wireless routers (one is a Wireless-B Broadband Router w/4 ports and the other is a new Dual Band Wireless-N Router - WRT320N w/4 ports).

I have a large (narrow and long) 3 story rowhouse. I want to be able to get a reasonably strong signal throughout the house. My office with modem and router are currently in my 3rd floor (front of house) but I can't get a good signal in my family room on the 1st floor (back of house) with either router.

I bought the new Dual-Band N router to solve the problem but signal is weak on the 1st floor.

My thought is to keep the older Wireless-B and the DSL modem in my 3rd floor office and place the new Wireless-N closer to the 1st floor to cover the rest of the house.

Can I hook up a network using both routers (placed in different rooms) and the one DSL modem?
 

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Connecting two (or more) SOHO broadband routers together.

Note: The "primary" router can be an actual router, a software gateway like Microsoft Internet Connection Sharing, or a server connection that has the capability to supply more than one IP address using DHCP server capability. No changes are made to the primary "router" configuration.

Configure the IP address of the secondary router(s) to be in the same subnet as the primary router, but out of the range of the DHCP server in the primary router. For instance DHCP server addresses 192.168.0.2 through 192.168.0.100, I'd assign the secondary router 192.168.0.254 as it's IP address, 192.168.0.253 for another router, etc.

Note: Do this first, as you will have to reboot the computer to connect to the router again for the remaining changes.

Disable the DHCP server in the secondary router.

Setup the wireless section just the way you would if it was the primary router, channels, encryption, etc.

Connect from the primary router's LAN port to one of the LAN ports on the secondary router. If there is no uplink port and neither of the routers have auto-sensing ports, use a cross-over cable. Leave the WAN port unconnected!

This procedure bypasses the routing function (NAT layer) and configures the router as a switch (or wireless access point for wireless routers).

For reference, here's a link to a Typical example config using a Netgear router
 
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