I bought two Tenda F3 routers in hope to extend wireless network coverage. Although I have some knowledge of networks from university I'm not sure how to set up the network properly.
- I have a router provided by my ISP which is running a DHCP server and serves as the modem (I'm not trying to replace this router). It also runs WiFi network.
- To this router there are also several devices connected via ethernet cable such as a printer.
- The DHCP is configured to use addresses starting from 192.168.0.10, the fixed connected devices are therefore below this boundary.
- The first Tenda router is connected to the modem via ethernet cable and emits its own WiFi network (its own name, password etc.) Its administration is accesible on its given fixed IP address.
- The second Tenda router is connected to the first Tenda router and again emits its own WiFi network. Its administration is accesible on its given fixed IP address.
- Only the modem/ISP router acts as a DHCP server.
- The two Tenda routers have fixed IP addresses.
- The ISP modem's local network IP address is 192.168.0.1 (I also don't seem to be able to change that)
- The default Tenda router IP address is also 192.168.0.1
- If I disconnect Tenda router from the modem and just connect it to the computer via thernet cable I can see a quick-setup page at 192.168.0.1 with selection between PPPoE, Static IP or Dynamic IP connection types. It also urges me to connect the source of the internet to the WAN port and doesn't let me acces any more setting without that. I also wouldn't know which one of the three connection type to select.
- If I connect the Tenda router to the modem it gets a dynamic IP address and I am connected to the network and internet through the Tenda router, can access modem administration at 192.168.0.1. but cannot access Tenda settings at the IP address that has been given to it.
- I tried to specify a reserved IP address in the modem administration based on the Tenda's MAC address, it then gave Tenda that address but the address still isn't accessible in the web browser.
- So basically right now I didn't get past setting up the first Tenda router.
There is certainly some basic mistake I'm making because of the lack of practice. I suppose the Tenda router should be capable of the desired scenario.