Can I use 2 wireless Routers to replace a single Ethernet cable?

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  1. johnnyb58

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    So I ordered a new router and I want to move it to a more central location in my house because I have poor signal strength on some of my rooms. My problem is that I have a Security Camera DVR that's not WiFi and the existing cable is not long enough to reach the new location.

    It is a major problem to run a new Ethernet cable so I was wondering since I’m going to have two WiFi routers that maybe I could use the old router at the DVR to bridge the gap.

    I just realized that I said wireless in the title, but meant WiFi
     
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  2. beers

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    Which routers?

    Most third party firmware and some stock firmware allow you to use bridge mode.

    Unless dual band then it's going to perform like garbage in comparison to a wire though.
     
  3. johnnyb58

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    I’m replacing an Asus RT-N56U with a new ASUS RT-AC68U. I don't know enough about it, but I'd welcome another idea if I can't.
     
  4. Intel_man

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    The ASUS Firmware if I remember correctly usually has the option of turning your router in to "media" mode, which is bridge mode.

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  5. johnnyb58

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    Oh wow Intel_man and thanks a lot. This really helps a lot.
     
  6. Intel_man

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    Remember, the "media" mode should be set on your old router that is no longer connected to your modem via the WAN port. Which should be your Asus RT-N56U.
     
  7. johnnyb58

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    Thanks again, I kind of suspect that but wasn't completely sure. Now I can't wait to get my new router.:)
     
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    I installed the new router before setting the old router to use as a bridge. I now don’t know how to access the old router because it has the same IP address. Do I have to remove the new router to change the setting for the old?
     
  9. beers

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    That'd be the easiest.
     
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    Well making a bridge is a lot harder than I thought. I'm going to have to take a break and maybe watch some YouTube videos on the subject. They want me to set both routers to the same channel, but the routers have different channels to select from. I'm sure there are going to be more problems as I go and I don't even know what to ask yet so I got to study up some first.
     
  11. beers

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    They both have a 2.4 GHz band and a 5 GHz band, make sure you're using the same band on each side and it should give you similar channel selections. If it's 1-12 I'd avoid it as those are the more congested 2.4 GHz frequencies.

    As long as you match SSID, frequency and security/PSK then it should work.
     
  12. johnnyb58

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    Aw, I didn't realize that the channels were related to the frequency. Thanks again, I'll give it another try
     

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