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Old 20.09.2011, 10:07
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Swissom DSL: 2 routers?

For some reason unbeknownst to us, Swisscom sent us 2 wireless routers when we moved into our Appt and subscribed to their Casa Trio pacakage. the modem is in the living room, and our main PC is in the bedroom, so there is a little drop-off in signal (3-4 bars/5). Can I use the 2nd unopened modem as a signal booster (showing my utter ignorance in these matters here)? Or possibly use it as a 2nd Wifi tramsmitter (on the same WLAN)?

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Old 20.09.2011, 10:24
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Re: Swissom DSL: 2 routers?

Yes, and Yes, but do you need to?

What's more important than signal strength is connection speed - as long as that is significantly faster than the DSL speed, you're fine. (e.g. 25Mbps wireless connection to a 5meg broadband connection is fine)


Easiest way to check is to strart by running a broadband speed tester like this one, - if you're getting the sort of speed you're paying for, then you don't really need to do anything!
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Old 20.09.2011, 10:28
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Re: Swissom DSL: 2 routers?

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.... so there is a little drop-off in signal (3-4 bars/5).
Can't answer your Q. - and don't use Swisscom ..... but if you mean (by the above), the WLAN indicator on the taskbar (with 5 increasingly higher bars), I normally only show 4, and sometimes 3 (router upstairs/laptop downstairs), and it doesn't seem to be a problem [I occasionally get slow page loading and sometimes page not found - but as this is mainly with EF, I put this down to a server problem at their end].

If you don't have any real performance drop off, then .... if it aint broke, don't fix it.

Swisscom seem to send out 2 routers:- this post

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you've no need really to connect your router to the modem. But I did have a WRT54GL running Tomato that I did exactly that.

My modem was free. In fact they gave me two.....I'd assume yours should have been free but don't keep up with the current offers
from this thread:-

Can you understand why router is not working.
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Old 20.09.2011, 10:41
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Re: Swissom DSL: 2 routers?

As the others say, as long as you have enough signal to get your full internet speed, it probably isn't worth the effort.

One thing you might find the second one useful for is if you have other devices (older computers/consoles/etc) that are not wi-fi capable and you can then plug in the 2nd router near to these devices, plug them into that and wireless communicate with the original box to get internet etc.

I've got a similar-ish setup to that but it does require a little bit of geekery. (It required was to turn off the DHCP server on the second router and change its static LAN IP).
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Old 20.09.2011, 10:42
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Re: Swissom DSL: 2 routers?

Did you get these two???



One end goes into your Swisscom Router and the other end you can put in your office and plug in a non-wireless PC, printer, 2nd SwisscomTV or any other network device. If your workstation in the office already has wireless you won't need these. I found though that in my appartment I get a much better signal with these two than with the wireless of my MacBook.
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Old 20.09.2011, 10:48
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Did you get these two???



One end goes into your Swisscom Router and the other end you can put in your office and plug in a non-wireless PC, printer, 2nd SwisscomTV or any other network device. If your workstation in the office already has wireless you won't need these. I found though that in my appartment I get a much better signal with these two than with the wireless of my MacBook.
Odd I got Swisscom internet/tv/etc only last year and mine doesn't look anything like those... out of date already.

Edit: Ah I see these are additional to the router. Ignore me

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Old 20.09.2011, 11:06
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Re: Swissom DSL: 2 routers?

I got 2 vDSL modems and 2 Swisscom TV boxes with Casa Trio.

The second ones you have are useless, you can't bond the wireless to extend the range with this device (not with the firmware Swisscom modifies for it) AFAIK. But 3 bars will be ok for signal as your Internet connection will be the slowest bit anyway
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