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    A second ADSL router on the same phone line?

    I have just been given a wireless ADSL router (for free), a 54G model, and wondered how feasable it would be to connect it to a second telephone line and use as another access point (assigning different channels etc to avoid overlap)?
    I thought of this as a better option than trying to use it as some sort of booster to improve the range of my current wireless setup.
    Is it as easy as I thought? Or would my ISP (Pipex) have some sort of feature preventing this?
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    It would work fine, but then you need to get another line from BT, and pay another DSL subscription. You can't have 2 DSL routers plugged into the same line.

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    Oh. Sorry, i meant to say that it would be the same BT telephone line/number, but a seperate physical socket.
    I certainly dont want to pay for a second line.
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    Yep you'll need another line to hang the second router off.

    If your trying to extend the range of your router then look to see if it supports (WDS), if it does all you need to do is get another access point that WDS and in theory they should work together and extend you wireless range.

    "(WDS) Wireless Distribution System allows you to extend the range of your wireless network by introducing one or more WDS-enabled devices into your wireless network."

    Hope that helps.

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    In that case, could someone please tell me what the difference is between a Access point and a wireless range extender like this one from netgear:?

    http://www.netgear.com/Products/Brid...s/WGXB102.aspx

    Is it simply that the Access point allows a wired ethernet connection to a wired/wireless router and that the extender doesn't?
    Or will the extender have a better range as that's what its designed for?
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    Access point has a physical connection (ie ethernet) to the network, where afaik the Range Extender doesn't - its in effect a repeater
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    all that does is plug into a mains socket , thus no need for a phone line, handy if there is no phone socket in the room


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    But does an access point work as a repeater without the ethernet connection?
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    Re: A second ADSL router on the same phone line?

    No, you can only have one ADSL modem on the line at the same time; the DSLAM in the telephone exchange can only connect to one device.

    But you could connect your new router to the old one, and then use it as an access point on difference channels etc as you describe. You could connect with an ethernet cable, or (if you have the kit / are happy to buy it) homeplug powerline networking, or even networking over phone cabling (no clear advantages over the more popular homeplug).

    If your new (or old, if you swap them) router supports "meshing", that could avoid the connection problem. In a mesh, each access point connects to the network over a wireless connection, and then sets up as an access point in it's own right. You can sometimes enable this by updating the firmware - worth checking the web to see if there's a version (or a hack) that does this.

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