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    This is a discussion on Network extension within the Sky Broadband help forums, part of the Sky Broadband help and support category; Hi, I think it best to describe my setup first then explain what I wanted to do. Currently my router ...

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      Network extension

      Hi,

      I think it best to describe my setup first then explain what I wanted to do.

      Currently my router is by my front door around 20meters from my living room. It's not possible to cable the route. I have a PC in my living room without wifi capability but has an ethernet socket. I also have two standard Sky routers. One router is plugged into the telephone socket for which I use the wireless on my laptop.

      However I wondered if it were possible using my existing equipment to setup the second router in my living room as a bridge to connect to the first router wirelessly and then I could connect an ethernet cable from router2 to the PC in my living room.

      I tried googling but not much came out of that due to specific nature of my request.

      Thanks

      Scott

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      Firmware Version 6.14.2a4N_UNI
      ADSL Firmware Version A2pD035g.d23j1
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      Re: Network extension

      It is possible to do what you are asking, but this would require that you leave your PC powered up whenever you want to get access to the Internet with your Laptop.

      First of all, to do it you will need to set up an Internet Sharing Connection (i.e. simply share the WiFi connection to the Ethernet port) and then configure the old router to piggyback onto the PC, as in the guide below:

      How to connect two Routers together

      Why not make things a lot simpler and potentially improve the connection speed? If you were to use a pair of HomePlugs and connect one to your main router, with the 2nd connected to your old router, with it configured as above, then you won't need to have the PC running all the time.

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      Re: Network extension

      Thank you for your reply.

      I'm curious why I'd need the Living Room PC switched on to access wifi via laptop? Will the main router become some kind of slave and therefore inaccessible?

      If I need to buy anything I may as well buy an internal wifi card for the PC, I was trying to avoid spending if I could. If it's not worth doing I can live with getting a network card ;-)

      Thanks

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      Re: Network extension

      Sorry, wrong way around, you would need the Laptop on and it would need to share the connection.

      Sky routers don't have the necessary firmware to allow you to connect them wirelessly to another router.

      Sure a WiFi adaptor would help. If you buy a USB one, ensure that it supports at least 300mbps and comes with a length of USB cable so that you can position it in a better location to get the best signal.

      If you have a TV, Blu-ray, Sky+ HD STB or some other device which can benefit from being connected to the Internet, the HomePlug option could be shared for them too.

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      Re: Network extension

      Ok I see what you mean now :-)

      I thought about a USB dongle but didn't know how good that would be? I don't have any other devices so the homeplug is unnecessary.

      Thanks very much for your help ;-)

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      Re: Network extension

      The USB Dongles are fairly good. As mentioned, do pick one which supports at least 300mbps on the WiFi.

      The short extension is so that, like an old TV aerial, you can move the USB dongle to the best position for reception.

      Sorry I gave a confusing (and wrong) response at first.

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      Re: Network extension

      Ok I'll look out for that when I get one. No problem about the mistake We all do it, except me of course

      I'm greatful that I got a fast result, so thanks for that.

      Scott

     

     

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