My primary router has trouble extending wifi coverage to some bedrooms in the house so I am planning to add a second router to extend the wifi network using the wired Ethernet ports in one of the areas of poor coverage. Basic layout –
The ISP's router is in my family room downstairs (fiber connection) and the internet connects to the fiber via a box in an upstairs closet.
I purchased and installed an unmanaged Ethernet switch/splitter. In the upstairs closet where all of the Ethernet wires meet, the family room Ethernet cable was plugged into the ISP's box. I disconnected this wire and replaced it with a CAT5 cable running from the ISP's box in the closet to the Ethernet switch's port 1. I think connected the family room Ethernet cable to port 2 and did the same in order for all the remaining Ethernet cables to various bedrooms.
So far, the switch is working fine. I have wifi working with internet coming off of the router in the living room so I believe the switch is installed correctly otherwise that wifi should not have internet coming off of the living room jack.
Here is where things go awry – I took my second wifi router and connected the WAN/Yellow port to the Ethernet wall jack in another bedroom. I then connected a lap top to one of the Ethernet ports on this router and found "no internet" after connecting. On a whim, I changed the connection so that the router was connected to the Ethernet wall jack in one of the white ports but with the same results.
I don't think this counts as cascading and I don't really need a new network since I do not share the connection with any non-family members. The router has been reset to factory settings to clear out any old instructions – but I still can't get it to connect to the internet or access the router to change the settings even – it's a netgear and the routerlogin.net will not let me access the router even when I am on the working WIFI for internet and have a cable running from the laptop to the netgear router.
I could use some help – just trying to extend the wifi range and it seems like it should be much less complicated. Tried following instructions in several other posts and they did not work for me – because I cannot access the router to change any settings.