I have a 2 story house, and my signal comes in through the basement. I have a linksys router in the basement (5 yrs old) that gives a great signal to the basement and the first floor, but only really has a strong signal in one room on the second floor (speedtest.net says it is 19Mbps download / 11 Mbps upload). In the far room of the 2nd floor, I'm getting results closer to (3Mbps/2Mbps).
I therefore bought a TP-LINK repeater router to try to broadcast the signal from that 2nd floor "good room" to the rest of that floor. I've gone through the wireless config setup for the TP-repeater by plugging my Mac into the ethernet cable and going through the steps, and I'm able to go through the "Easy setup" successfully……….
When I am connected, and finish the setup (and still plugged into the ethernet), I go to speedtest.net and get similar results to the "good room" normal results (19/11Mbps). AND, my WiFi internet indicator shows full bars……….AND when I unplug the ETHERNET…in the first couple of seconds, I get a similar result from speedtest net. BUT IF I WAIT for more than a minute, I get a result that says something like "Latency error" showing that the router cannot connect to ANYTHING.
I have restarted everything; I have restarted the router after the setup is complete; nothing seems to make a difference.
PLEASE NOTE: when I disconnect the ethernet cable after the setup is complete (but leave the repeater powered up), and try to connect to my WiFi (Interweb 1)……I cannot make any connection to the internet. HOWEVER, if I unplug the power from the TP-LINK repeater, I'm able to connect to the internet (in the far room, at the 3 / 2 Mbps levels). If the router has power and is "configured" as I thought it should be, it blocks anything from reaching my computer. I've attached screenshots to show what my config looks like.
I HOPE AND PRAY that someone can tell me what to do to make this work. It is truly maddening!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
See attached for the 4 screens that I proceed through when configuring the TP-LINK range extender.