I recently added a second wired/wireless router into my network. I have the computer plugged into the new router and the new router plugged into the old router. It has stabilized my internet connection, but I am curious as to what interference might result in their being two access points so near each other. One router is a netgear and the other is a belkin.
Started 2 years ago by nupreacher
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Latest reply from David
You run a high risk of channel interference. Say one router is broadcasting on channel 3 at high or even medium power. It effectively swamps all channels from 1 to 6 due to proximity of the two devices. The second WAP would need to be set at channel 9 to avoid the interference problem.
Then there's another issue where the power from one WAP simply causes feedback issues in the other WAP and burns it out.
Those are the issues that arise just from the radio energy running rampant. There are also potential network issues that can arise, such as both routers/WAPs attempting to issue the same IP address....
All told, it's not the end of the earth but there are potential issues that can arise. If it works for you as it's set up, then I wouldn't worry to much.
On the other hand, if the two beams cross, then it's bad. Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light.
There are also potential network issues that can arise, such as both routers/WAPs attempting to issue the same IP address....
I won't have to worry about the ip addresses because one router is handling addresses in the 10.0.0 range and the other is handling addresses in the 192.168 range.
On the other hand, if the two beams cross, then it's bad. Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light."To err is human, but it feels divine" (Mae West)
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Is there some good reason for having two seperate LAN ranges?-> David <-
Is there some good reason for having two seperate LAN ranges?
Yes, they are the defaults for the two routers
Seriously, if you don't know how to (or can't) configure the downstream router as a DHCP relay, this is the next best thing. At least there will not be any conflict between the two private ranges.
Nor any communication between the 2 LANs. I just wondered if that was the reason, to create separate networks. Otherwise I'd be inclined to do the DHCP relay thing.
Well, I've noticed some problems with having two wireless points. I turned off the wireless on the Belkin and I'm using it only on the Netgear. Things seem to working better now.
I have two wireless upstairs. One router, one access point. Router is 30 feet away in the office, AP is in our room. I have no problems with this setup. I do virtually the same at the office, except the AP is set to another IP for visitor internet only to keep them off my lan. They have their own laser multi copy, fax, scanner, and a guest computer, etc. Brings in a lot of professionals and gets us several sales/rentals every year.Politicians and diapers have one thing in common. They both should be changed regularly and for the same reason.
I had a similar setup for the guest house until recently Don. The separate LAN gives you a pretty safe wall between guests and your private systems.
I switched over when I got a backup ADSL connection in addition to my cable. Now the guests have a totally separate wireless router and don't mess with my gaming or downloads.