How to Turn a Belkin WiFi Router Into a Repeater

Setting up wireless bridge

How to set up a Wireless Bridge between two Belkin routers
You should have successfully set up Wireless Bridge between your two 2 Belkin routers now. Copy over the settings Ignore any setup wizards, and go to the Wi-Fi settings page. Normally, the IP address of the router will be something similar to When you release the paper clip you should see all the lights on the router go out and come back on again. You can determine this by consulting the product documentation or by visiting the appropriate product page on Belkin's website.

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How to Use a Router as a Repeater

In the menu bar on the left-side of the page, click on Advanced Settings and then click on the Wireless Repeating Function link to display its dialog box. Click on and display a check mark in the check box for the Enable Wireless Repeating Function. Click on the radio button for Wireless Base Station to select it.

Click Apply to save the changes. Log into the router that is being configured as a repeater in the same way that you logged into the base station. Verify that the basic configuration settings on the Wireless Settings page of the setup wizard are the same as the base station's configuration, especially SSID, mode, and channel.

Enter the MAC address of the base station and click on Apply to save the settings. Open your Web browser and enter the IP address of your router. Normally, the IP address of the router will be something similar to Enter the username and password.

Many routers will use "admin" as the default entry for both the username and password, though you may need to consult the manual for your specific router. After the password is entered, the router will display its initial status page, with links to the various administration settings. Locate the page that allows you to change the IP address of the router.

The address should be changed so that it is not the same as the main router on the network, or any other network devices. If the main router on the network is set to use Disable the router's DHCP server. This setting should be on the same page as the IP address, but each router is a little different. When the router is operating normally, this server assigns an IP address to every device that is connected to it.

To assign a fixed IP address, let's assume the main router has an address of Give the slave router an IP address of Remember this address as you might need it to access this router later.

Remember, too, that once you've change the router's IP address you will have to wait for it to reboot, and then access it by typing the new IP address into your browser's address bar. Now we are ready to connect it all together. The ideal way to connect two routers together is with a long network cable.

However, this is usually impractical so the best alternative is to use cheap powerline networking adapters. These work by using the mains power cables in your walls and floors to act as network cables as well as passing electricity through them. They work only on ring mains which are all connected back to a single consumer unit fuse box. If you have two separate buildings or an extension which has its own electricity supply and meter, then powerline adapters aren't going to work.

Take a smartphone, tablet or laptop, and check to see the signal strength when close to each of the routers. You will find that you have successfully extended the reach of your wireless network and now have a second wireless access point. Without needing network cables, or powerline adaptors, that is. In a nutshell, the key steps are finding the bridge or repeater mode in the configuration tool, choose it, and then enter whatever network information the tool asks for.

To use them takes some technical knowledge and the ability to follow instructions very closely. For example, installing DD-WRT on a router in most cases is almost as simple as installing a program onto your computer. However, doing it incorrectly can leave you with a router that you have to throw away. So follow the instructions carefully! Once compatibility has been established, there is plenty of information, including precautions, for each manufacturer and router on how to install the firmware.

If you have a large house or simply a Wi-Fi blackspot, you can use a second router to cure the problem.

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If the main router on the network is set to use , the router that will be used as a repeater should use a higher number, such as or , depending on how many devices are on the network. This result is through the modified Linksys WRT54G ver. 6 router about 10 feet away, connected as a repeater to the Buffalo router downstairs, and then tested again through Toronto. There is, as you can see, a download speed difference, and if I'd been using my Wireless N modem, it might be even more severe. Fortunately, most routers will let you set them up as a repeater and they don’t have to be the same model or even from the same manufacturer as your main router. BT's Home Hub routers can be used for this purpose - the involved process is explained here.