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  1. #1
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    Two routers, One SSID, One seamless home network???

    All,

    I have a nicer Netgear WNDR 3700, (well it was nice till 6 weeks after the warranty), the 2.4 Ghz radio in it just crapped out. It works within 3-4 feet is all. I have a television, a WDTV LIVE box, a Squeezebox, a Mac laptop, and my wifes older Windows laptop on the network. So, when I lost the 2.4Ghz radio, my wifes laptop, my WDTV Live, and my Squeezebox all were out (no 5Ghz radios in them). Recently I found a deal on a Netgear WNDR 2000 router.. ~$25. So my plan was to run a cable from a gigabit port on the 3700 to the WAN port on the 2000, setup a new SSID and the security and go with it that way. Issues with this theory are that my Squeezebox music server software that I control through a laptop normally connected to the 5Ghz router has to be connected to the 2000 (G channel). Additionally streaming photos from the same laptop to the WDTV is a real bear. I'm connected to the wireless 5GHZ and trying to send data to the 2.4Ghz connected device.

    Is there any way to configure these two routers to work more seamless? Give them the same SSID? Have computers and devices connect to their respective 2.4 or 5Ghz channels with one SSID and be able to move media over them easily?

    Thanks, If I confused anyone just ask and I can further explain any confusion.

    Any assistance would be much appriciated.

    Stuart

  2. #2
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    Re: Two routers, One SSID, One seamless home network???

    As the older devices don't use the 5 ghz range there is no need to use the same SSID, as for hooking up the routers disable dhcp on the second router and hook up to a lan port not wan port on it as well.

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    Re: Two routers, One SSID, One seamless home network???

    If the WNDR 2000 router has stock firmware you can't do what Bryan suggested unless there is an option in the router to use it as a Access Point only. Since the router is still running as a router and it won't work correctly. But if you don't mind it being on a separate subnet, plug the cable from the 3700 in the WAN port on the WNDR 2000 that will give you internet access but if you want to access anything via LAN that's connected to the 2000 it wont' work. I would suggest flashing DD-WRT on the WNDR 2000 and configure it as a access point. This link: http://dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=446547#446547 will show you how to flash it. This is how you configure it as a AP: http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php...s_Access_Point
    Last edited by skitzzy; 05-25-2012 at 12:45 PM.

  4. #4
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    Re: Two routers, One SSID, One seamless home network???

    The routing portion is only for the wan port, the lan ports act as a switch only.

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