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Using Linksys BEFW11S4 as a repeater to WRT610N

I have Linksys WRT610N (192.168.1.1) setup to connect to internet and has DHCP turned on.
I turned off DHCP on Linksys BEFW11S4 (192.168.1.2).  Set the SSID to the same name and password as Linksys WRT610N.

What would be the next step?  I am for sure missing something here.  Your help is greatly appreciated.
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Rob HutchinsonDesktop SupportCommented:
As far as I know, you cannot just take a router( Linksys BEFW11S4 ) like this type and make it a repeater unless the web config page for that router has specific configuration options to let you configure the router to be used as a repeater.

Talking to Linksys support via chat:
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The BEFW11S4 doesn't have repeater functions just like other Linksys wireless routers.
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so what product do I need to use?
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Yes, I suggest that you use the WAP610N. This is a wireless access point. It can be configured as a wireless repeater.
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so I'd need two of them?
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You may also use the WAP4410N.
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ok
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I see so these two are compatible?
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Yes. The WAP will serve as the wireless repeater for the WRT610N router.
Yes. Both devices are compatioble to work with your N router.
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LucFCommented:
Hi CompuTurk,
WiReDNeT is correct, the BEFW11S4 can not be configured as repeater. However the information from Linksys chat is incorrect, the WAP610N can not be configured as repeater, only the WAP4410N can.
LucF
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CompuTurkAuthor Commented:
Is repeater and wireless access point the same thing?
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LucFCommented:
Not even close, though some access points can be configured as a repeater.
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CompuTurkAuthor Commented:
I guess I am using the wrong terminology.  The main wireless router downstairs WRT610N does not have enough signal traveling to the third floor.  I am trying to use an existing wireless router BEFW11S4 to connect to WRT610N and boost the signal basically.

Now, if there is a wired connection from the wall to WRT610N and I connect BEFW11S4 to the wall and have other devices on the third floor connect to BEFW11S4 for internet access, is that doable?
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LucFCommented:
Yes, if you have the possibility to wire them together, this is a good solution.
Change the ip adres of the befw11s4 to another one in the same range as the wrt610n (for example 192.168.1.2) and disable the dhcp server. This makes sure the befw11s4 gives out the ip adresses instead of the befw11s4.
Now connect one of the LAN ports of the wrt610n to one of the LAN ports on the befw11s4 (don't use the WAN port on this router) to have it operating as an additional acces point.

Regards,

LucF
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CompuTurkAuthor Commented:
That is the first step I was thinking of doing.  Thank you.  Now as far as the wireless SSID, I do set the wireless signal name and the password same as the main router (wrt610n) right?
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LucFCommented:
To allow for roaming between the two you'd do so, but mainly because of the completely different speeds on the two routers I'd separate them to prevent faster N clients to connect to the slow B router and the other way around.
So, use a different SSID on both.
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CompuTurkAuthor Commented:
Thank you so much.  All is working great. :-)
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CompuTurkAuthor Commented:
One quick question.  What channel would you recommend?  We do not have any cordless phones in the house.  Just cellphones.
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LucFCommented:
As you've split the network and the wrt610n is capable of channel bonding (40 Mhz channel width) I'd separate them as much as possible to avoid interference. So channel 1 & 11/13 for the 2.4Ghz frequency band. Which one to configure on which router can be based on simple tests. Which works most stable on which channel.

Regards,

LucF
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