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How do I extend my WiFi while using the same SSID?

Hi all, I want to share a printer (Epson ET-3600) throughout my home wirelessly and I am unsure and confused as how to do this. I have a Comcast cable modem/wireless router in my basement which gives WiFi that works fine for my basement and first floor, but not my second floor. I then bought and installed a D-Link DIR-810L wireless router and installed that on my first floor. The D-Link does provide good wireless coverage on the second floor but I had to create a new second WiFi network using this device. Now I have 2 WiFi networks in my house. Let’s call them Main and Second. I was told I should get a device to replace the D-Link WiFi router that would be able to boost my WiFi on the second floor but keep the same SSID that my Comcast modem/router provides, the one named Main. Once I do that, then I can share my printer on the Main network all throughout the house. Can somebody please tell me what extender device to use and how to accomplish this?  Thank you very much. Marc
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Some routers can be used as extenders, but I believe the D-Link DIR-810L cannot.

There are also specialised WiFi extenders. Many companies supply them, but I have not used any personally. Have a look at these links:


As these products may only be available in specific countries, you will need to check which ones are available in your area.
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Thanks, Kimputer. I did see a YouTube video on using an old wireless router to extend WiFi by disabling DHCP on it and connecting it using a LAN port rather than the INTERNET port. So the idea of doing it this way is to keep the IP range the same throughout the house rather than having 2 different ranges. Then I can access the printer from either SSID I am on. Do I have this correct?  Is there anything else I should know?
2 ubiquiti access points connected to your comcast modem will work
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2 ubiquiti access points connected to your comcast modem will work

Or a couple of Engenius access points
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@Marc Chevalier, that's all you need to know. There's really nothing else you need to know.

Networking is the process of connecting computing devices, peripherals and terminals together through a system that uses wiring, cabling or radio waves that enable their users to communicate, share information and interact over distances. Often associated are issues regarding operating systems, hardware and equipment, cloud and virtual networking, protocols, architecture, storage and management.

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