My main computer and cable modem/wireless router are located in one side of the house which gives us a weak signal at the other end of the house. Of particular concern is the BluRay player that streams movie services that often pauses during playback. So I was chatting with a guy at Best Buy about options as I was browsing the network extenders. He said a second router would work if I connected it via a hardwire to my main router. Since I prefer that to wireless repeaters, and I still have a wire running to the other side of the house from my pre-wireless days, I thought that'd work fine. So I dusted off my old wireless router (the one I used to use when my modem was wired only) and I conected it the wire at the other end of the house and that to my main modem. It works fine. Our iPads remembered the password since they used to connect to it prior to the new wireless modem and my BluRay connected using the WPS button but our newer phones can't connect because I erased the password and replaced it with the password to the new mode/router when that was installed.
So I didn't figure this would be a big deal... I knew I could log on to the settings page and reset it but as I was doing that I noticed that I wasn't seeing the netgear router (the old one), I was seeing the new one. My question to anyone that can help is this, when you have two devices like this (main modem/wirelesss router hard wired to other router) how do you access the settings for the second one? There is a net address on the back of the netgear router that you can log into but that address went to a dead page (...routerlogin.net). After some digging, at the netgear site, I found an IP address you can enter. But that led me to my main modem/routers settings.
Even if I wasn't using my old router and I wanted to update it to a new one (which I think I may have to anyway to improve performance), how do you configure that second router? I'd think I should be able to see it in windows, but I don't.
And while I'm asking about that I should probably ask about the "best" method for extending my network range... is this method a good option or are the repeaters betters? I see the repeaters as sort of like making a copy of an original, it can never be as good as the original.
Thanks for any advice yall can offer up.