I'm running Verizon Fios at home and need to get better wireless coverage around the house. Preferably I would like to use 1 SSID, so tablets and such could seamlessly transition as someone moves about. I have attempted this by running a Ethernet cable to the top floor (Fios modem/router is in basement) and hooking it to a router which sits next to my home server (TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND).
I spoke with the customer service at TP-Link before buying to confirm it would work, they said it would be fine, just turn off DHCP on router2 and set a static IP outside the range of the Fios modem (ex:192.168.1.254). I did this... it consistently fails after a day or couple days, but does seem to work before failing.
So I tried customer service again to work the issue out and the next guy had me use 192.168.2.1 (keeping DHCP on)... This didn't work either, and nothing down stairs could connect to the server or anything upstairs.
I've been going at this a while and am at my wits end... so time to reach out for some proper help. OCC never lets me down =)
Side note: Should I just get another router that is more suited for functioning as an access point? I know some have the "run as access point" feature that might make solution more simple. If this is the suggestion, is there a particular model anyone suggests?