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Want to connect 2 Belkin F5D8230-4 Wireless Pre-N routers to 1 DSL internet connection ...

I’m trying to set up the following at my church.

We want our DSL modem to go into the 1st Belkin Pre-N router.  This router would then be connected to an 8-Port 3Com OfficeConnect switch.  One of the cable runs that will also connect to the switch goes to the far side of our buildings to our fellowship hall.  There I plan to plug in a 2nd Belkin Pre-N router so that we will have wireless internet coverage in both parts of our buildings.

Our office computers are "hard-wired" so I'm really not concerned with these wireless connections allowing access to other PC's on the network - I'm primarily interested in having wireless broadband internet throughout the building.

What's the right way to configure this?  I’m assuming I’ll have to probably use different channels and IP address ranges.  I’m unsure about SSID’s and such (whether they should be unique or different) or if I need to do anything special with the gateway settings and such.  I’m really not sure what all I need to do.


Ken Doyle
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you should use the same SSID for portability between routers... second wireless - shut off the dhcp - assign a static IP like same subnet mask

that should be all u need to do...
EricIT ManagerCommented:
I would  just get a repeater if you dint already purchase the equipment.
To expand on Craig_200X's suggestion,

When you connect the 2nd Belkin router, you will not be using the WAN port on it.  Connect the cable coming from the network to one of the LAN ports on the Belkin, and assign the LAN side of it with an IP for your network.  Next, configure your wireless connection on it with the same SSID and encryption as the first router, but assign it to a different channel.  I recommend leaving at least 3 channels between the routers.

And of course, remember to disable DHCP on the second router as you can only run a single DHCP server on the network.

Good luck!
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