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  1. #1
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    Second WLAN SSID

    Hi, not specifically a squeezebox/LMS related question, more a network configuration question, but I'd thought I'd tap into the huge collective pool of knowledge here...

    What I want to do is set my router up to offer two WIFI networks (ie. two NW SSIDs each with a different PW). The reason is I occasionally rent the property and don't want to release the main network access details.

    I thought it could be done using a "guest WIFI" option on the router, but it seems my talktalk (uk based) router doesn't support this, and I'm not sure it's easy to use a 3rd party router.

    The other way I can think of is to add a second router as an access point, linked by CAT-5 ethernet to the "main" router. That should work, I've done it before.

    Just wondered if there were any less clunky ways of doing this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by staresy View Post
    Hi, not specifically a squeezebox/LMS related question, more a network configuration question, but I'd thought I'd tap into the huge collective pool of knowledge here...

    What I want to do is set my router up to offer two WIFI networks (ie. two NW SSIDs each with a different PW). The reason is I occasionally rent the property and don't want to release the main network access details.

    I thought it could be done using a "guest WIFI" option on the router, but it seems my talktalk (uk based) router doesn't support this, and I'm not sure it's easy to use a 3rd party router.

    The other way I can think of is to add a second router as an access point, linked by CAT-5 ethernet to the "main" router. That should work, I've done it before.

    Just wondered if there were any less clunky ways of doing this?
    If you don't have a router that actually supports Guest WiFi then the second option is the safest provided that you plug the WAN port of Router2 into a LAN port on Router1 and have a different network range on Router2 altogether e.g

    Router 1 WAN - as assigned
    Router 1 LAN- 192.168.1.1

    Router 2 WAN - 192.168.1.2
    Router 2 LAN - 192.168.2.x

    Ensure netmask is 255.255.255.0 on each.
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    Quote Originally Posted by d6jg View Post
    If you don't have a router that actually supports Guest WiFi then the second option is the safest provided that you plug the WAN port of Router2 into a LAN port on Router1 and have a different network range on Router2 altogether e.g

    Router 1 WAN - as assigned
    Router 1 LAN- 192.168.1.1

    Router 2 WAN - 192.168.1.2
    Router 2 LAN - 192.168.2.x

    Ensure netmask is 255.255.255.0 on each.
    I might be wrong but I think with this configuration clients in network 2 could reach clients in network 1 but not vice versa. So network 1 would be used for the guests. To have complete separation one could use two additional routers behind the main router.

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