How to use 802.11n bridging for the fastest wireless speeds and best range

Here's how to use the emerging class of 'prosumer' routers to get the best combination of speed, range and security

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For the unit that will run in base station mode, run an Ethernet cable to a server for Internet access, and connect another Ethernet cable to one of the four open ports and to a PC. (Netgear doesn't recommend configuring the router using wireless.) Follow the CD install procedure, and then access the router's IP address in your browser -- the default IP is listed in the manual.

Enter a unique IP address for the repeater router.
 
Enter a unique IP address for the repeater router. (Click image to see larger view)

Now click the Wireless Repeating Function. Click the Enable option and click the radio button for the wireless base station. Type in the MAC address for the second router -- or as many routers as you want to add. Now install the second router. Click the same option for the Wireless Repeating Function, enable it and select the Wireless Repeater. Enter a new IP address that is similar to the first router -- if the base station is 192.168.1.1, use 192.168.2.2, for example.

On both routers, I recommend using Windows Vista with Wi-Fi Protected Setup to configure security. While your PC is still wired to the routers, go to Network and Sharing Center. Click "Set up a connection or network." Select the option to "Set up a wireless router …" and click Next. Name the router -- this will be the new SSID -- and click Next. Type in the Security PIN found on the label for the router and click Next. Vista will suggest a complex passcode to use; write this down and click Next to complete the WPS process and repeat for the second router.

Use Windows Vista to configure security for the router to use the suggested passcode.
 
Use Windows Vista to configure security for the router to use the suggested passcode. (Click image to see larger view)
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