I set up a home LAN with two routers, the second used to repeat the Wi-Fi signal of the first one in an area of the house where the signal of Router A doesn't reach. Both routers and all clients are connected through wireless connections; none of the routers has Ethernet ports.
Router A is a portable router that connects to the Internet through a 3G connection. The second router (Router B), also portable, is a wireless client of router A and also repeats its Wi-Fi signal.
Router A is a portable Huawei 3g router
Router B is a portable Hootoo Travel Mate router
The network is set up this way:
- Connects to the Internet via 3G connection, WAN IP and gateway assigned by the ISP
LAN address 192.168.8.1, netmask 255.255.255.0, DHCP disabled
- .30 Android tablet (media server, Samba server)
- .20 Android phone
- .10 Windows 8.1 laptop
- .2 Router B
Router B (Wi-Fi bridge/repeater)
- Connects to the Internet via Router A
- LAN address 192.168.9.1, gateway 192.168.8.1, netmask 255.255.255.0, DHCP disabled
- It's client of Router A with IP: 192.168.8.2 (wireless connection, not cable)
It's gateway for its clients with IP 192.168.9.1
- Android phone
- Windows 8.1 laptop
The Android tablet always stays on network 192.168.8.X; the phone and the Windows laptop roam between 192.168.8.X and 192.168.9.X. They have fixed IP addresses on 192.168.8.X because of a Wi-Fi backup system I have in place. The Android tablet hosts a UPnP media server (Kodi) and a Samba server.
From 192.168.9.X I can ping all machines both on 192.168.8.X and on 192.168.9.X. I can also access the media server, even though it doesn't get automatically detected; I have to specify its IP address, I imagine because broadcast packets do not pass through router B. I can access the Samba server through Windows shares but not by name, only by specifying the IP address of the share. That's not a problem.
From 192.168.8.X I cannot ping any machine on 192.168.9.X, but only Router B as 192.168.8.2.
I have no need of two subnets, but couldn't/don't know how to configure Router B to just extend the first network without creating a new one.
How can I configure my equipment so all my machines can talk to all other machines, regardless of their location in the house?