i am installing Optus cable this week in a two story house so need a wifi router that has good range. I’ve upgraded to the sagemcom cable gateway and am wondering if it’s possible to use my own Netgear D7000 as a wireless access point connected to either the sagecom gateway or the netgear cable modem?
for optus cable internet you will get either:
The Netgear CG3000V2 or Netgear CM500V + Sagemcom F@ST 3864
the link will give you the setup instructions.
Once you are connected there are few ways to extend you wifi network.
Option 1: using the Sagem as the wifi router for location 1, run a network cable to your D7000 from the Sagem lan port to the D7000 Wan/internet port to the second location. You can leave the D7000 as it is, this will create 2 separate networks, might be a good thing or bad thing depending on your needs.
Option 2: is similar to option 1, this time you will configure the D7000 as an Wifi Access point by changing the setting in the D700 as per page 113 of the user guide
The advantage of option 2 is that everything will be on the same network, the disavantage is that the routing or traffic controller of your network will be done by the less superior Sagem modem.
I would go for option 2, this way you can share you printer and files etc on the same network .