DON'T Throw Away Your Old Router

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Prieš 2 mėnesius

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MrBaconbyte Prieš 15 val
doubling nating someone's network is pretty fun though
J.P. IJsblok
J.P. IJsblok Prieš dieną
"Although you can also give your secondary router the same logging information as the primary one to have your WI-FI devices switch automatically between them" (2:53-2:58) This (roaming) will not work. Roaming is reserved for split-mac architectures, which normal consumer APs typically will not support. You will just end up having two wireless networks available in your devices' WI-FI settings with the same name, and you device will connect to whichever is met first, and will not change until the connection with that AP is lost or manually disconnected.
Sardar Ahmed
Sardar Ahmed Prieš dieną
2:12 why does the region is set to Pakistan I live in Pakistan and have to change it into Pakistan from United States
Bruce MacGlynn
Bruce MacGlynn Prieš dieną
and comment
Alex Situ
Alex Situ Prieš 2 dienas
My router is a TP Link Archer AX6000 but it still runs at 80 mbps (Alot of devices use it so that's why)
unlokia Prieš 3 dienas
This is appallingly bad “advice”. Don’t do this, it’s a nightmarish mess and always ends in tears. I suffered and put up with this trash setup for years, and then got mesh and will NEVER regret it! Remember, money can be earned back but *time is limited and is irreplaceable* - SPEND MONEY NOT TIME
Roels VideosAndStuffs
Roels VideosAndStuffs Prieš 3 dienas
Been doing for a long time. Then suddenly I can't find it on new routers
David Babcock
David Babcock Prieš 3 dienas
You should amend that to say your *iPhone* won't automatically switch to a closer router. I had to switch to an actual mesh system because my roommates' damn iPhones would not switch for anything and I had to hear about how the WiFi wasn't working at least once Every. Single. Day. Same SSID, different SSID, either way there is not a chance in hell an iPhone will intelligently switch to a closer router in my experience. I hate those things so much.
Tom Krzemecki
Tom Krzemecki Prieš 3 dienas
Can the secondary router run 2.4Ghz while the primary one is running 5Ghz?
Nevir202 Prieš 5 dienų
I've done something like this, except I'm using it to grab Wi-Fi from my girlfriend's apartment in the same complex. Her mom still lives in her apartment, but we didn't want to spring for a second monthly internet bill lol.
admaerable Prieš 5 dienų
You need to assign IP on remote router? Mine work fine (-ish) without IP address.
Priyabrata Saha
Priyabrata Saha Prieš 6 dienų
It worked man....! I had an old router from cave mans that had an ADSL wan port. Got it buried under piles of junk in the store room. Got it and set it up. Got an wifi repeater for free. Thank you LTT. Loving it❤
Orlando Macedo
Orlando Macedo Prieš 7 dienų
Can I have geek squad set this up for me lol
Puuppy Corn
Puuppy Corn Prieš 7 dienų
I got a question, does applying 40 Mhz on 2.4 ghz router have bad effect?
Péter Erdősi
Péter Erdősi Prieš 8 dienų
the problem came when you want to use UDP (video streaming, RTC, etc) since WiFi is half duplex... So when you send a packet to the bridge, it will create a new to the router and back, but when the bridge trasmit to router or receive from client device, the other communication cannot be exist. If possible, connect your router and bridge with LAN port, which is full duplex, and not affected by the neighbour's WiFis...
Calvin DiBartolo
Calvin DiBartolo Prieš 8 dienų
0:44 I literally *just* got the router on the left today lol... specifically for this reason....
A View Through Len's Lens
A View Through Len's Lens Prieš 8 dienų
Region: Pakistan?
Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards Prieš 9 dienų
I too suffer PTSD from rouge DHCP server misconfigurations.
Daniel Chris Ronan
Daniel Chris Ronan Prieš 9 dienų
Omg THANK YOU bro!! I got a brand new TP Link C2300 Archer... Something like that... Anyways... In TP-Links OEM instructions... If you've never done it before you'll get completely lost... Like I did... Waaaaaiiiiitttttt... Thank god I watched the entire video... I'll just run a 50ft ethernet cable.. but in the CRAWL SPACE! 😉
Павел Гражданкин
Павел Гражданкин Prieš 9 dienų
I do dystopian cyberpunk cables everywhere👺
Raou Vantica
Raou Vantica Prieš 10 dienų
why 192.168.x.x? it is my Home network - i can use any ip range want to use ^^
Statici Prieš 10 dienų
>Set both routers to the same channel NO NO NO NO NO DO NOT DO THIS IT IS NOT NECESSARY AT ALL.
Pedro Knife
Pedro Knife Prieš 11 dienų
I did exactly this a while back. It’s super annoying as per the pointed out reason that the devices cling to the first router they connect with. Walk in, connect with first router. Go to back of apartment. Same issue as always = bad signal. Turn WiFi off an on to connect w bridged router. Solution - Bought a mesh. They’re not that expensive.
Pedro Knife
Pedro Knife Prieš 11 dienų
LTT worthy segue to the sponser 🤝
Ritchie Valens
Ritchie Valens Prieš 11 dienų
What’s with the German porn star moustache? Just wondering.. 😀
MegaDJcubano Prieš 12 dienų
Stupid ....make in canada another socialist country
Eren Yeager
Eren Yeager Prieš 13 dienų
He looks like a dad from a 90s sitcom
Erns O
Erns O Prieš 13 dienų
Thanks but no thanks... Single mesh secondary repeaters are now more affordable and automatic.. Great info though.
Виталий Бойко
Виталий Бойко Prieš 13 dienų
Ahh, I got a LTT Ad before Linus related video! Whatta heck&&
Tyrone Nelson
Tyrone Nelson Prieš 14 dienų
Wrong! you cannot do this with just any router only specific ones, some routers cannot assign ip addresses automatically if there is no dhcp server once in access point mode.
A B Prieš 15 dienų
Is this guy trying to be the next Linus? Only Linus can put on that weird affect.
Bob Guest
Bob Guest Prieš 15 dienų
I live in a large victorian home with walls that don't like wifi. So I have a network of routers connected together. I've been doing it for a few years now and never had a problem. Good to see others have figured this out.
Ben Mitkoff
Ben Mitkoff Prieš 15 dienų
Imagine a house made of pc cases. It’s terrifying
Michael Bazdell
Michael Bazdell Prieš 15 dienų
This is bad advice. Please do not connect your old routers to your network. Home routers, especially inexpensive models, generally don't get firmware updates for very long and home users very rarely if ever will update the firmware manually. Old, un-patched/unsupported routers are a security risk and should be recycled. The unfortunate life cycle and cost of home routers means they should be replaced every 3-5 years. Like most IoT devices, old routers are a large security risk
Ben Horbul
Ben Horbul Prieš 15 dienų
What do I do with my old router that only supports Wifi G and WEP. Great way to add a public entry point into your home network.
DJ Tigon
DJ Tigon Prieš 17 dienų
Please. You can't tell them to "give it a fourth number that's between 1 and 255" when setting their static IP in the second router because 1 is the gateway or, LAN IP of the primary router
Kpop Empire
Kpop Empire Prieš 17 dienų
First watch a video on Compia Network+ tutorial. Then come back here a watch the video again.
Sheff A
Sheff A Prieš 18 dienų
What's a rowtr?
JonathanSwiftUK Prieš 19 dienų
Between 1 and 254, not 255 - 255 is the broadcast address and shouldn't be used.
ehsnils Prieš 19 dienų
And ALWAYS turn off UPnP. That shit is the worst thing you can have on your net because it can poke grand canyon sized security holes in your net.
Dominic Hudson
Dominic Hudson Prieš 22 dienas
Need to keep a hold of this one for later!!
alfi04 Prieš 23 dienas
I Recomend using a Mesh System
jimsyhammond Prieš 23 dienas
You lost me at about 1min into the video....
Smitty Domingo
Smitty Domingo Prieš 28 dienų
Old phobes do do that and tether to the -79 80 db but actually newer devices auto switch to the highest in range ap as long as all in unidon and allnhave differ channels rather than the same channel, checkmiut ddwrt's mesh wifi or tomato akternative firmare, i tested this after that post on ltt episode on hidethecorn
Smitty Domingo
Smitty Domingo Prieš 28 dienų
That 54g lol
Smitty Domingo
Smitty Domingo Prieš 28 dienų
Keep all wifi aps on the same subnet and change the last octect, and then subnetmask to the /24
Smitty Domingo
Smitty Domingo Prieš 28 dienų
I thin asus also might do it
Smitty Domingo
Smitty Domingo Prieš 28 dienų
Scorpz Prieš 28 dienų
u sound a bit like linus tech tips LOLLLLL
Marcus Casañas
Marcus Casañas Prieš mėn
i have a thousan routers lying around my house
Devarsirat das
Devarsirat das Prieš mėn
The video just made me decide not even to try that lol
zodiacfml Prieš mėn
this is just one of the reasons why mesh-products is a scam. aside from WDS, most recent routers have Repeater mode.
Red Jay
Red Jay Prieš mėn
I'm making a NAS from an old computer, and I didnt want to run a looooong ethernet cable. I'll give this a try
Gregory Homatas
Gregory Homatas Prieš mėn
Whats a mac address?
Milosz Ostrow
Milosz Ostrow Prieš mėn
Don't throw away that old router ONLY if it still works reliably. I removed a Netgear WGR614 Wi-Fi router from service in my house within the last year because it would frequently hang, requiring a power-down reboot. I wouldn't use such equipment as a repeater, even if it is lying around and essentially "free".
Jacob Smith Jr
Jacob Smith Jr Prieš mėn
Great I wish I saw this a couple years ago 🙄
Technodude255 Prieš mėn
i was using the wrong channel settings 3 years ago when i was trying to do this. Thank you for reviving this project for me!
Ella Abrose
Ella Abrose Prieš mėn
Does this work with a gateway?
Mike's Tech Talks
Mike's Tech Talks Prieš mėn
Wow. So what about security? Oh that's always a secondary thought. So I guess WPA is good enough?
Ariz Kamal
Ariz Kamal Prieš mėn
Followed the same steps, saw the video probably 10 times. Connected the second router to my pc, doesn't work. Says no internet even though my first(primary) router is working fine.
Carlos Gomez
Carlos Gomez Prieš mėn
This sounds like a manually configured bridge? Orrrrr, is a bridge an automatically configured WDS?!?!? In any case, Bravo! Don't waste that router!
Ali Ahmad
Ali Ahmad Prieš mėn
" flash backs " ... don't even took about it 😭😀
Tommy V
Tommy V Prieš mėn
I don't know what you're saying, I'm going to have to go over this video a few more times
Zade Keys
Zade Keys Prieš mėn
For the love of all tech please research....1) Wds should never be used. 2) multiple dhcp servers can exist fine on 1 network, as long as the scope is different. Ie router 1 = and
Victor Muckleston
Victor Muckleston Prieš mėn
3:54 my sons ethertnet cable is like this. but its not as bright red as it once was after a couple years of sunlight.
Kevin Dondrea
Kevin Dondrea Prieš mėn
I don't throw mine out either. They usually go bad. I thought you were going to tell me something good to do with one that doesn't work any more. For instance. My last router started losing connection once it got too warm.
Aditya Sidham
Aditya Sidham Prieš mėn
I used my tp link router as a repeater way back in 2018
Thomas Catford
Thomas Catford Prieš mėn
Sound good but to techy to understand for a simple soul like me
Ajay Sasikumar
Ajay Sasikumar Prieš mėn
what a right time you uploaded the video I'm trying to use my secondary as a repeater and screwed everytime 😂
triularity Prieš mėn
The bigger problem with old routers is that they are typically EoL and generally riddled with security vulnerabilities. So, unless a user is willing to manually build a minimal WDS distro of OpenWrt (or something) that will still fit/run on their router, you're using it at risk.
MKA667 Prieš mėn
I've never known about that: it can be useful for connecting devices with no wifi functionalities to a smartphone using it as a router (tethering)
rskeyesful Prieš mėn
MAC users and DHCP... Ahhhhhhhhhhhh
PathOf Melee
PathOf Melee Prieš mėn
thank you very much, was looking for some advice since i recetlly bought a new repeater these days
Florin Pandele
Florin Pandele Prieš mėn
How about having a cheap wire only router and connect 2 or more wireless routers to it ( by cable and set them as ap)? I think Linus did something like that at home ( but with professional parts)...
Alex Bowen
Alex Bowen Prieš mėn
please do more of these tutorials. Most of these on youtube are some 12-year-old kid with a shitty mic and we could all use the LMG pollish.
RD GAMING Prieš mėn
US: old router? Throw it out! Philippines: old router? Sell it!
bombaatful Prieš 2 mėnesius
keep more such videos coming. i mean repurposing old devices
Agustín Alexander
Agustín Alexander Prieš 2 mėnesius
Hey nice video, when are you guys doing something with OpenWRT ? it is a great way to give new life to an old router, or new ones for that matter. Linux on your toaster next!
Axel Ritzau
Axel Ritzau Prieš 2 mėnesius
O.K... Back in the 2000, maybe a good nice trick to extend your network. But today, with MESH tecnology, WDS is do overcooked... Sorry, my opinion, but beeing in Germany, with most ISP routers from the company AVM, you could setup a MESH enviroment (with mesh steering, becoming better with every release). But the main message stays the same: Don't throw away your old router, unless it does not even support decent WLAN (it should be at least WiFi4, my opinion)
Andrew Song
Andrew Song Prieš 2 mėnesius
But how do you share folders or RDP between routers?
Zantetsuken’s Dao
Zantetsuken’s Dao Prieš 2 mėnesius
That Yakuza: Like a Dragon cable insert though...
xXTHEPASCALXx Prieš 2 mėnesius
Thought this was about OpenWRT
Elite Engineer
Elite Engineer Prieš 2 mėnesius
FH Tech
FH Tech Prieš 2 mėnesius
I did this 2 years ago 🙄
rohaan Omar
rohaan Omar Prieš 2 mėnesius
2:12 Pakistan...?
Brownie McBrownface
Brownie McBrownface Prieš 2 mėnesius
I use an old router as a second Wifi hotspot with the same SSID as the main to extend the Wifi reach. I've never heard of WDS though, I didnt enable it. So when I saw this I thought it might get rid of the fact that (see video @ 3:33) devices hang onto a signal as it gets weaker rather than swapping to the (now stronger one) as I walk round the house. I though I could save the price of a Mesh but I think not :( Or does anyone know a "mesh-free" way?
Wally Gator
Wally Gator Prieš 2 mėnesius
Rachel Maddow with a mustache !
Sinan Haddad
Sinan Haddad Prieš 2 mėnesius
I went from 100% to 0% real quick
Christian Pate
Christian Pate Prieš 2 mėnesius
I've tried this before, seemed Comcast didn't like it (got a "This device is paused" message in place of any web pages and had to call Comcast to get them to 'unpause' it.) So you know, be sure that whatever your primary router being used is actually fully controlled by you and not your ISP and that your ISP won't object to it. If you do run into an ISP-provided modem/router that won't let you do bridging without freaking out, you can just nab a Raspberry Pi (any will do as long as they have wifi capability and an ethernet port) and do a bit of configuration with iptables and enabling some forwarding rules/setting wifi as the default way to get an internet connection (otherwise the Pi will always try to get internet via ethernet even if there's no route to the internet via ethernet) and with about 15 minutes of work you can get it to forward your wifi connection over the ethernet port. At that point you can just set it up as a gateway device for another router or whatever and stuff will be able to use it to get an internet connection. Bonus is that this segments the network so anything on the ethernet side of the pi isn't forwarded to the wifi side of the Pi, so you can roll your own DHCP server (and other potentially conflicting services), so in the end it worked better in my situation (where I have roommates who wouldn't have appreciated me doing that), and I'm able to use my old WiFi router as just a thing for my own devices and still have internet for them. This comes with another benefit since, as Riley says, WiFi can't really transmit and receive at the same time, I can sit there and do large file transfers between my servers/computers while my roommates are streaming videos and I don't get a performance hit, they don't get a performance hit, and it just saves a lot of grief.
Bash Prieš 2 mėnesius
Check the DHCP Range then assign an IP outside that range, if you have a 24/ Network or the subnetmask is then the whole IP range that is available for Clienst is from .1 to .254 NOT 255 So check which IP your primary router has, check the DHCP Range and assgin the next free ip 255 is the broadcast IP and can't be assigned
TheGalacticWest Prieš 2 mėnesius
"Wrong port"
The Cradle
The Cradle Prieš 2 mėnesius
This video auto-played and it scared me
Emiko Suzuki
Emiko Suzuki Prieš 2 mėnesius
I did this once a long time ago, now I tried many didn't work.
Lawrence Allwright
Lawrence Allwright Prieš 2 mėnesius
Just seen another video where the guy took 25 minutes to explain the same thing.
Maurice Walshe
Maurice Walshe Prieš 2 mėnesius
I suspect that WDS between different makes wont work very well its better to use powerline and use a physical DS - just set the second router to have a static IP and work in AP mode. (oh and avoid tplink like the plague) of and set the same ssid/password but set the second AP to a non overlapping channel
Wessie_ZA Prieš 2 mėnesius
I wish that was my old router
Hashim Ahmad
Hashim Ahmad Prieš 2 mėnesius
Region: Pakistan Never felt such proud😤
Dan R
Dan R Prieš 2 mėnesius
old old news zzzzz
Dei_Nemudda Prieš 2 mėnesius
And then there is FritzBox which supports it without tedious configurations. Noice
strawhousepig Prieš 2 mėnesius master race
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