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I was recently given a Netgear Home Network Gateway CGD24N v2 by my internet provider to replace the then used Motorola Surfboard SBG 900.

I have generally always had low internet signal from my computer (and i still do now with the new Gateway) to the Modem due to distance.

What i was hoping to do is use the motorola surfboard and plug it in to another wall socket closer to my computer. So in theory, Computer > Motorola Surfboard > Netgrear Home Network Gateway > Internet.

I did put the surfboard in the socket and its on working fine and i can connect to it from my computer. The problem is although i can connect from my computer to it i don't know how to do the next step. getting the surfboard to connect to the Netgear home gateway.

I'm not great with internet connectivity/networking so a long guide would be great. Thanks in advance for any help.
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You can't connect multiple cable modems to one cable account.

If you can run an Ethernet connection between the two routers, you can use the secondary router as a WAP with the following configuration.

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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