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Help: 2 Routers, 1 Network...

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I already have AT&T set up with a router in our office at home. On the other side of the house I get poor signal. I have a second router, and I have found a second spot in the house that has a connection to the second telephone line, which we have our router on. I would like to have some help connecting it. My e-mail is [email protected]. It is easier to contact me through that. I can give a better explanation once contacted.

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Enough signal to add more information:

I have the 2WIRE router that AT&T gave me for our main connection. Everything is set up correctly. I have a second area of the house that doesn't get the signal from that router as well. I have a D-Link router and would like help setting it up. I have the DSL filter in the wall with the router plugged into it. Any other information that I have not put will be given to whomever can help. I would rather do this through AIM or YahooIM so I can get it done as quickly as possible.
You can't connect two DSL modems to one DSL account, it simply won't work. You might consider either hi-gain antennas or using the secondary router as a WAP.

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 through, I'd assign the secondary router as it's IP address, 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. Note that you should use the same SSID and encryption key for the secondary router but a non-conflicting channel. I recommend channels 1, 6, or 11 for use for the best results.

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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Is there a way to have the routers connected without having to make a 150ft Cat5e and drill holes in my ceiling?
You will need a wireless bridge, not a second router if you want to connect them wirelessly.
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