I'm facing something extremely strange. I have two broadband connections at home but I used to have two different cheap routers so I had two gateways in the same network and I didn't want that. I also needed to buy a new printer but I wanted it network based so my wife can have it on her desktop for every day use but allowing me to print from time to time. The thing is that I didn't want to throw a cable all across my home so I went and bought the following gear:
- Cisco Small Business RV042 router (takes care of my dual WAN)
- TP-LINK TL-SG1008D Gigabit Switch (my old hub was giving me problems)
- 2 x TP-LINK TL-WA901ND Wireless Access Point
- HP 1606n Network Laser Printer
As soon as I got home, I connected the router/switch without problems. After that I hooked up the first AP and set its wired connection as static and its wireless in ACCESS POINT mode with WPA-PSK security. My wife's laptop hooked up just fine.
After that was all working, I hooked up the second AP and set its wired connection as static and its wireless in CLIENT mode also with WPA-PSK security. Took it to my wife's desk, hooked it up the printer and turned it on. I could install the printer from both my PC and my wife's laptop. I could even print! The problem is that it lasted just for 20 minutes or so. The printer began to work very very slow (3 to 5 minutes to start printing) and the laptop was giving me 200ms of intermittent latency. After 10 minutes, both the printer and laptop had no connection and wireless configuration of the CLIENT AP was impossible (5 minutes to load one page of its built-in configure site).
As for now, if I only turn on the MAIN AP, the laptop can (sometimes) connect to the wireless network and internet but pinging something on the internet gives me 250ms ~ 800ms responses for 10 seconds and then nothing for like a minute until it starts pinging again for another 10 seconds.
I made a little diagram of what is described above. After this initial setup, I've tried way too many configurations (bridged APs, Multi-SSID APs, etc) with no luck. Can anyone tell me what's going on?
Thanks in advance!