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Wireless extender


I have a wireless router for my home network (cable). Now I would like to have, on the same wireless network as my router an extra wireless access point to widen the range of my wireless network.

So in short:

INTERNET => WIRELESS ROUTER with some pc's attached => wireless accesspoint with some devices + wireless to which some wireless pc's can connect

Maybe it's not all clear, but it isn't totally to me either. I just want to figure out what extra device I need to buy. My current router is a Linksys E3000 with GB ports and wireless on it. On of these GB ports I would like to use to put a switch on (again some pc's on it) which has also possibility to give wireless access, but this should be the same ip-range/network  as the router.

I hope we can figure out what device I need to buy.
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8/22/2022 - Mon

I have had a good experience with these tiny devices in Access Point mode:

There are two ways to extend the range of a wireless network:
1. Access Point connected to your main Wireless Router via network cable (there can be physical switches in between if you want).
2. Wireless Repeater not requiring any cabling - they simply hear a wireless network name and repeat it.

Wireless Repeaters aren't as good as they sound - they cause WiFi echos and add lots of latency to a wireless network.  I'm told one wireless repeater can be ok but have had horrible network performance even running just one.

The good home-use access points are generally easy to setup.  You tell them they are an access point for your wireless network name (as opposed to wireless router) using a web-based wizard built into them and plug them into either your wireless router's built-in hub, or into a switch that is in turn plugged into your wirelss router.

Ok, so I'll go for option 1.
My current router is fully configured for all my internal pc's (port forwarding, gaming etc).
This wireless access point doesn't distribute ip's (DHCP) but is an extension of my lan/will just extend my wired network ...?
I do will have two wireless networks (my router and the wireless access point). Not sure how I should configure this so my lan (10.158.123.x) won't be split up.

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Great, thanks!
Your help has saved me hundreds of hours of internet surfing.

One more thing, could you give me a good wireless access point (Netgear, Linksys ...) that has 300 mbps and is good price/quality?

... which has also 1 gb switch-ports ... cause I'd need this for my servers.

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