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Repeater to Router via Ethernet cable


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I live in an apartment on the 2nd floor. The Router is on the 1st floor. So the WIFI signal is really low therefor its barely usable. The landlord gave me a WIFI Repeater to extend the connection/signal. But I cant place the repeater closer to my room because it needs to reach the router’s WIFI signal to be able to repeat it. Because of that it didn’t make much of a difference. So I have an old router and I tried connecting the router to the repeater using the Router to Router method via Ethernet cable. It worked for some time and then an error would pop up DNS cannot be found. Rebooting the old router helps but it’s not a permanent fix, because after awhile the error shows up again. At this point I tried twitching with the settings but no success. I tried searching to find a solution and I asked on some known tech forums as well but again I found nothing. Now I’m thinking of using a network switch to be able to have a LAN connection on my laptop and computer, because the repeater only has one LAN port. So will it work if I connected the repeater to a network switch via Ethernet cable? If it would, can I connect the switch to the old router via Ethernet cable?

 

I want to say thank you in Advance!

 


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A switch should be transparent to the router so I assume it will work.  How much are you paying for the switch?  You might want to look into a power line extender:

TP Link AV500 Wi Fi Range Extender, Powerline Edition Starter Kit w/ 2 LAN Ports, Up to 300Mbps Wireless
Price: $42.99 on Amazon.
 
I use one from netgear and it works perfectly.  Since you and the landlord are friends you might be able to connect the sender unit closer to the router and not use his extender.
 
One other possibility is to manually set the channel on the main router to use a frequency which is not as cluttered.
 
Download inssider
 
Double click to install it. Then run it by right click and Run As Admni.
 
It will show you a graph in the bottom right that has your signal in blue and competing signals in orange and yellow.  It may also recommend a different channel which might have less interference.
 
Moving to a different channel (by logging on to your router) can drastically improve performance.

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