How to Expand Your Wireless Range Using an Old Router | how to expand wifi

How to Expand Your Wireless Range Using an Old Router | how to expand wifi

How to Expand Your Wireless Range Using an Old Router | how to expand wifi

all right this is SSL family dad and

today I'm going to show you how to use

an old router to expand your wireless

network or improve wireless range

throughout your home or property

okay so you've got wireless setup in

your house but let's say you've got a

large house maybe a ranch a longer home

and you're just not getting real good

wireless reception in certain areas or

rooms of your home you know you're

getting the buffering when you're trying

to watch the SSF and the YouTube videos

or something like that this is also very

handy if you have an outbuilding a

greenhouse a pole barn a garage anything

like that maybe that's even attached

from your home where you want to extend

the wireless signal out too now there's

a couple things that you'll need to do

this number one you'll need an old

router any old router will do I've got a

couple old Netgear routers here this

one's a couple of years old this is a

wireless and standard router this is a

real one probably almost ten years this

is a real old netgear wireless G

standard router any old router will work

obviously you know a newer more powerful

wireless n router is probably best but

any old router will do the other thing

that you're going to need to do this is

you'll have to have an Ethernet cable

run from your existing router out to the

location where you want to extend your

network so if that is an outbuilding

like a pole barn or garage you have to

somehow run an Ethernet cable maybe

underground or on an overhead pole or

something out to that area and then

we'll set up the the new wireless out in

that location in my case I have a router

on every floor of our home gives us a

good wireless coverage on each floor of

our house so we have a basement and main

floor in an upstairs and I've run

Ethernet cords just from the basement to

each level of the home so I can install

one of these access points very easily

and so today I'm going to show you the

process that I use to convert from a

router into what's called an access

point so there's a few things that you

settings that you need to disable and a

certain certain configuration that you

need to do on a router to turn it into

an extra wireless access point in your

home I'll take you in close and show you

step by step what to do and I'll also

show you on the computer how to

configure the router to become an access

point and operate the way you need to

okay so the first thing we need to do

with our router whether it's your router

an old router that you had or whether

you got it for a resale shop or garage

sale or something like that the first

thing you want to do is reset it and get

back to its factory state so we're gonna

clear all the settings that are in there

and reload it back to it the way it was

out of the box there's a real easy way

to do that every router has no matter

which brand it is it has some type of a

reset button for instance here on this

older Netgear router you'll see a small

little pin hole in this little button

here in this little vent and that's the

reset button for this router not very

clearly labeled but at least you can see

that there this is the router that we're

actually going to do the reset on today

and as you can see this one's labeled a

little more clearly

reset factory settings and it's got a

restore factory settings it's got the

the pin hole with the red marking around


and so all you're gonna do is just take

your paper clip or pen or pencil ID and

you're just gonna hold it or stick it in

that little hole there you can feel a

button depress and you want to hold that

firmly in place for approximately 10

seconds so you can count out 10 seconds

and then once you've held it in there

for that long

go ahead and release the button a little

shorter than 10 seconds but for

demonstration purposes that should work

and what you'll see happen is that the

router actually will start to reset and

I just saw the orange light come on here

and it'll go through its little stealth

self startup and it's in the process

right now of resetting it back to

factory settings and that's all that you

need to do so once you get this reset to

factory settings I'll show you the next

step okay so one of the first things

that we need to do here is get some

preliminary information from the current

network that you have setup in your home

and so there's just a real couple real

simple steps we're gonna take here and

we're gonna take a few notes so get a

pen and paper handy to write a few

things down so the first thing that

we're gonna do is just hold that Windows

key down on your keyboard and the

windows key is just that little windows

flag normally the bottom left-hand

corner of your keyboard in between ctrl

and alt so you're gonna hold down the

windows key and then tap the letter R

that's going to bring up a run box or

run prompt here and then the next thing

we're gonna do is type in the letters C

em D and then you can press Enter or

click on OK and now what we have here is

a command prompt then we're just going

to type in one simple command to pull up

some information about our current


the the command we're going to type is

AI P config IP Co n fi G press enter and

what we've done here is pulled up our

Internet Protocol or IP configuration on

our current network and I may have some

extra information that you won't have

here just because I have some additional

network equipment but what you're going

to be looking for is this section right

here and this is where it will list the

ipv4 IP version 4 address which is the

IP address of your computer the subnet

mask which is has to do with that subnet

mask or the subnet of your your current

network that you're on it will normally

always be 255 255 0 and the default

gateway address which is what we're

going to pay attention to here so the

information that we're concerned with is

these first three digits of this default

gateway and so in my case it's 192.168.1

and so I'm gonna write that down

192.168.1 and I'm gonna pick my last

number so this is the IP address of my

router I want to pick a different IP

address and I would recommend picking an

IP address that's high so maybe like 150

or 220 or something like that you can't

go any higher than 254 but you can pick

any address up and up in the top end of

that range so for our example we're

gonna pick 220 so in my case I'm going

to notate down hundred and

20 again you can pick any number you

want here just make it higher in the

range so you might have something

different here like that's

fine just notate the first three digits

and then pick your last one 220 in this

case you might have 1000 on or 10 dot

zero dot one dot one again you're

picking off or you're gonna write down

the first three digits and then pick

your last one and so that's going to be

the IP address of your of our new access

point that we're going to configure here

so in my case again it's going to be hundred and twenty that's

going to be the IP address that

we're going to use today it's all go

ahead move on to the next step

okay so once you've figured out what IP

address you're gonna use for your router

so what address they we're gonna assign

to it a little bit once you have that

figured out the next step is going to be

to first disconnect your laptop from any

current wireless network or any other

network that it's connected to so make

sure that's not connected to the

internet and turn off wireless or

whatever you need to do to disconnect it

from your current network power on your

new reset for a wireless router here

we're just going to take any standard

ethernet cable and go ahead and first

plug it into one of the four ports on

the back of your router so we're never

going to use this yellow port anymore

that was to connect this up to an

internet modem and we're not using that

anymore so we're only gonna use these

four ports in fact you can put a piece

of tape over that one if you want to so

go ahead and plug in your Ethernet cable

to the router and the router is powered

on and then we're gonna plug the other

end of our ethernet cable into our

computer's Ethernet port and now go

ahead and take you back into the

computer here and I'll show you how to

actually configure get access to the

router and then configure the settings

in this so that it will behave properly

on your current network and act as he

just a wireless extension so the first

thing we'll have you do is just press

the Windows key and the letter R same as

we did before type in CMD again and

press Enter and we're open a command

prompt and we're gonna press IP config

again and this is going to give us that

same information so we're looking again

mainly at this default gateway this IP

address right here so you need to write

that down in my case again it's this this time we're going

to write the whole thing down you might

have 10 dot 0 dot 0 dot 1 or

or whatever it is right now in that

default gateway address and then go

ahead and close out the command prompt

box the next thing we do is just open up

whatever browser you prefer to use

doesn't matter Google Chrome Internet

Explorer or Firefox whatever you want to

use Safari of course and we're not going

to be able to get on the internet so

you're going to get a page you know an

error or whatever trying to display

whatever website you're trying to go to

I'm gonna go up to the top here in this

address bar and erase everything that's

up there

and we're gonna type in that address

that we just notated in my case it was and press this is

gonna give us access directly to our

router okay now it's going to pop up

with a with a password username and

password box here to log into the router

now since we reset it back to factory

defaults it's going to be using the

factory admin or a fat factory username

and factory password for the for the

router for Netgear routers it's always

going to be admin for the username and

password for the password for a Linksys

brand router it's always going to be

admin for the username and admin for the

password for a Vulcan brand router

generally it's admin for the username

and blank there's no password for d-link

I believe it's admin and admin normally

this will be in your manual it will be

written on the bottom of the router or

if you have any questions about a

certain model go ahead and throw those

in the comments and I'll try to find

that out for you so in my case again

that gear routers are always admin and

password I type that in and press ok ok

so once we're logged in to our router

here just depending on the brand router

you have these settings and menus might

be in a different place but what you're

going to be looking for first is our

wireless settings and again Linksys I

think has some menus across the top area

Netgear generally along the side here as

well as Belkin and d-link but you're

gonna click on wireless settings and

this is just what we're going to name

the we're going to give a name to our

new wireless network that we're creating

in the home and so I'm just going to for

demonstration purposes here name this

SSL family dad G and this is a dual band

router I'm using and so it actually has

two to two wireless networks that it

broadcast so I'm gonna I won't get too

into that but I'm gonna name both of

those and we're just looking for the

setting it says usually says name or

SSID and you can type in your name for

your network there and we also want to

put security on here so no one else gets

into it if you have the option select

wpa2 if you do not then you can just

stick with regular WPA if your router is

very old and you only have WEP you might

want to consider using a little bit

newer router but you could select ww

P for security also but that's the

lowest lowest security and so then

you'll it'll ask you to create a

password of course you want to make that

a strong password but we're just doing a

quick example here alright so we've got

our new wireless network names typed in

here under the name or SSID we have our

security type selected and we have a

password or passphrase selected that's

going to be needed any time you connect

to this network so you want to keep keep

note of that and at this time we'll go

ahead down to the bottom and hit apply

ok and once our settings have been

applied we're gonna make one more

adjustment to the router and this is the

major one and on this case it's down

under our Advanced Settings a lot of

times it will be under advanced or what

be called LAN or local area network

setup or land management or network

management or be under a topic or menu

option similar to that but on the neck

here here we're going to select the LAN

setup and we're going to make two

changes here so one of the most

important is that you're going to turn

off this option to use the router as a

DHCP server dynamic host control

protocol we do not want our router to be

assigning IP addresses to anyone our

main router is going to do all of that

so we're going to disable this feature

we're not going to use this anymore so

it's basically not really working as a

router anymore the next thing that we're

going to do is under IP address this is

the current IP address of our router and

all we're gonna do is change this last

digit as I talked about earlier the one

that you wrote down that you picked you

might have to just change that

last digit to whatever whatever IP

address that you picked and take note of


anytime you want to manage this access

point you'll need to know that IP

address okay so now this is going to be

the new IP address of this new wireless

access point okay so the two changes IP

address of the actual router itself we

changed and we turned off DHCP those are

important things to do and then hit


it's going to give you a warning here in

many cases that it will tell you

basically after we change this and we

turn off DHCP you will no longer be able

to access this this router and it will

no longer work as a router basically

it's saying into in different ways here

and so we can go ahead and click OK on


okay so we've got our router all

configured and now it's actually not a

router anymore it's called an access

point so it's just acting as a wireless

access point or another wireless network

in your home so we've got that all

configured it ready to put in in this

case I've got to set it up on top of

this Hut that's on top of our desk so

it's in a real high location you want to

hook up wireless you always want to have

this off off the floor it is the best

you can and give you the best where it


signal strength throughout your house so

I already have an Ethernet cable run up

through the floor and back up behind our

desk here from our existing router

that's in the basement and I'm gonna do

is just plug this ethernet cable into

one of the four ports on the back of the

router I'm not going to use this LAN

port or wide area network port this is

only for the main router that's

connected to our modem and hooked up to

our internet service I'm not going to

use that one I'm just going to use one

of these four ports here

so again Ethernet cable coming from the

router downstairs gets plugged in one of

these four ports and then we're gonna go

ahead and plug in our power cable and

then set that router in place or that

access point in place and that's it so

now you've got a another extension to

your wireless network you can add as

many of these as you want in your home

just you just have to run an Ethernet

cable to the location where you want to

have it in a later video I'll actually

talk about wireless repeating or

basically just using one wireless router

to wirelessly connect to another router

and bounce the signal further that way

they're also plate ways that you can do

that with different products but this is

the most simple way to add an extra

wireless access point to your home and

extend your wireless network so

hopefully that helped you out if you

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