If you need your wireless network to cover a larger area than one wireless router can serve, configure a Netgear RangeMax WNR834B wireless router to act as a "wireless repeater." Using a wireless repeater allows you to boost reception in areas with otherwise poor coverage, while keeping your computers on the same network. One router acts as a "base station," while the other acts as a wireless repeater, passing along information sent by the base station to computers connected to it. Both routers must be properly configured to use one of them as a wireless repeater. For best results, use two Netgear 834B wireless routers.
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Things you need
- 2 Netgear 834B wireless routers
- Ethernet cable
Plug an Ethernet cable into a numbered Ethernet port on the 834B router you want to use as a wireless base station.
Open a browser window and enter "192.168.1.1" into the address bar to access the login screen for the Netgear router's configuration page.
Enter the administrator's user name and password. The default user name is "admin" and the password is "password." By default, the router checks for and installs firmware upgrades after you log in.
Click "Wireless Settings" under the "Setup" section. Write down the wireless network name, channel and which security option the wireless network uses. If the channel is set to "auto"-pick a specific channel; it shouldn't matter which.
Click on "Wireless Repeating Function" under the "Advanced" section of the panel on the left side of the window.
Write down the router's wireless MAC address, displayed near the top of the window, and check the "Use Router as DHCP Server" box. Click "Apply."
Click on "LAN IP Setup" under "Advanced." Write down the "IP Address," "IP Subnet Mask," "Starting IP Address" and the "Ending IP Address."
Close the browser, disconnect the Ethernet cable from the base station router, and plug it into the router you want to use as a wireless repeater. Log into the router using the process described in steps 2 and 3.
Go to "LAN IP Setup" under advanced, check the "Use Router as DHCP Server" box, and enter the IP address, IP subnet mask and the starting and ending IP addresses you wrote down earlier. Click "Apply."
Go to the "Wireless Settings" page on the router and enter the wireless base station's network name, channel and security options you wrote down. Click "Apply."
Go to "Wireless Repeating Function" under "Advanced," and write down the router's wireless MAC address.
Check the "Enable Wireless Repeating Function" box, enter the base station's IP address into the "Repeater IP Address" box, and the base station's MAC address in the "Base Station MAC Address" box. Click "Apply."
Close the browser window, disconnect the Ethernet cable from the 834B router you just configured to act as a wireless repeater, and plug it back into the router you're using as a wireless base station.
Open a browser, log in to the base station router, and go to "Wireless Repeating Function" again.
Click the "Wireless Base Station" radial button and enter the MAC address of the wireless repeater router you wrote down earlier. Click "Apply."
Tips and warnings
- You can use the Netgear 834B as a wireless repeater for other models and brands of wireless router, but using two identical routers is the most reliable way to go.
- See Resources for a detailed online manual for the Netgear 834B wireless router.
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