Can I Connect a Wifi Extender to Another Extender?
Wireless extenders help enhance and amplify the WIFI signals broadcasted by the WIFI router. Because of this, we want to check whether two WIFI extenders can do a better job than just one. Consequently, we ask ourselves, “Can I connect a WIFI extender to another extender?”
The answer to this question is Yes. However, there are some factors to consider. Moreover, there are some requirements that you need to be equipped with before trying to connect two WIFI extenders. In this article, we will discuss the different factors to check when connecting two WIFI extenders. Also, we will also teach you how to connect one WIFI extender to another.
Factors to Consider
WIFI extenders are Wireless Access Points. These devices come with two radios. However, in comparison to a traditional access point configuration, WIFI extenders have wireless upstream links. These wireless upstream links are also somewhat similar or identical to the Universal Repeater mode. It is also worth noting that for an access point to have a stable and reliable connection, the upstream link should be connected through a wired connection. Because of this, you can always establish a radio to radio link by connection two WIFI extenders.
Because a single WIFI extender creates its collision domain, you may need to daisy chain two extenders to each other, but still with wires. Consequently, there will be an increase in the round trip times for connected clients since each transfer will result in some latency.
The conflict in the address is brought about by either of the WIFI extenders claiming an IP address that another host wants to use. There is also the possibility of a network loop causing the conflict in the address.
Before deciding to link two WIFI extenders, you should see to it that there are no issues regarding the setting up of the network SSID whenever implementing the uplink’s SSID. With this, the extenders should be able to resist connecting to itself or through any of the extender’s downlinks.
Setting up a WIFI extender connection can be a tedious process. The challenge becomes even more difficult if you want to change the PSKs of the WIFI network. With this, you should make sure that the two WIFI extenders are of the same brand.
How To Connect two WIFI Extenders
There are several benefits of having multiple access points in your household. One of the most apparent and visible benefits is that it can spread the WIFI signal even in hard to reach places of the house. In this portion, we will teach you how to connect two WIFI extenders to set up multiple access points.
The first step you need to do is to survey your house for dead spots or areas that have poor WIFI connection. You can manually check the WIFI signal by looking at the WIFI bars on your phone. You can also make use of WIFI analyzer using your phone. These apps are free to download. We highly recommend FarProc’s WIFI Analyzer.
The app can reveal the WIFI speed and signal graphically. After downloading the app, walk around hour house and take note of the areas that have sparse WIFI signals. Most regions that receive sparse messages include far corners and rooms that have thick walls. When the app shows a WIFI signal reading of -80 or -90 dBm, this usually indicates a weak WIFI signal and performance. A value closer to zero indicates good WIFI reception
2. Plan Your Topology
After determining the dead spots of the house, you then need to plan your topology. The router will serve as the hub of the WIFI connection which provides the signal of the entire house. After this, you need to connect another WIFI extender to the central hub. This will serve as an additional wireless access point.
The secondary WIFI extender, which serves as an additional wireless access point, will then rebroadcast the WIFI signal to the devices of the house.
3. Plan the Layout
After surveying the house and keeping track of the weak areas of the house, you can know the plan the layout of your connection. Areas or rooms that have excellent or satisfactory WIFI signals do not need a WIFI extender. With this, you need to prioritize dead spots and areas of the house with poor WIFI reception.
4. Buy the Gear
The next step is to buy components that are required for the connection of the two extenders. If you have an existing WIFI extender, make sure to purchase one that is of the same brand. This is important since you do not want to deal with conflicts of the WIFI radio signals once you are setting up a new wireless access point.
5. Convert the New WIFI extender as an Access Point
Once you have already bought the necessary hardware, you will then need to make some changes and convert the new WIFI extender as a unique access point. To do this, you need to open the WIFI extender’s dashboard and navigate through the menu to find the Configure Access Point option. Do the necessary tweaking and then save the changes.
6. Install the Access Points
The next step is to install the new access points. Once you have already established the new wireless access points via the new WIFI extender, you need to connect them to the LAN port of the primary router.
7. Configure the Extenders
The last step is to configure and set up the WIFI extender. The installation and configuration process will vary from one WIFI extender to another. It is essential that you configure the two WIFI extenders with different frequency channels. Moreover, the two access points should be equipped with different SSID. You can do the changes of the configuration in the dashboard.
So there you have it, those are the steps you need to do when connecting two WIFI extenders in the household. WIFI extenders are useful devices that help amplify the WIFI signal in the home especially in areas that receive weak wifi signal. Adding another WIFI extender will help create another wireless access point to further enhance the performance and output of the first WIFI extender.