How to Split a Wi-Fi Hotspot Signal

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Wireless hotspots are growing in popularity with many people having access to wireless devices, including laptop computers, portable game consoles and smart phones. The device providing the wireless hotspot can handle only so many wireless connections before it becomes inundated. You can split a Wi-Fi hotspot signal by adding another wireless router or access point to allow for more wireless capacity. This provides a method for more wireless clients and devices to connect without interfering with each other.

Things You'll Need

  • Additional wireless router or access point
  • Ethernet cable
  • Connect one end of an Ethernet cable to one of the "LAN" ports on the router providing Internet access to the rest of the network.

  • Connect the other end of the Ethernet cable to the Ethernet port of the access point, if using an access point instead of a second wireless router.

  • Connect the other end of the Ethernet cable to one of the "LAN" ports of a second wireless router to use it as a wireless network bridge. Log into the second wireless router's Web-based setup to disable the DHCP server.

  • Connect the other end of the Ethernet cable to the "Internet" or "WAN" port of the second wireless router to use it to create a separate private wireless network.

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