How to set up routers as repeaters

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Most wireless routers have the ability to be set up as wireless repeaters. A wireless repeater is basically a router that is configured to be an access point, or AP, for the purpose of communicating with other routers for network extension purposes. This feature can be quite useful, especially in situations where a single network needs to cover a very large physical area. Using multiple routers in a single network is a great way to extend your wireless network.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • MAC address for each router

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Log in to your wireless router's configuration utility and click on the "Wireless Repeating Function," or similarly named, item in the "Advanced" section of the navigation pane.

  2. 2

    Check the "Enable Wireless Repeating Function," or similarly named, check box.

  3. 3

    Select "Wireless Repeater" or "Wireless Base Station" as your wireless repeating option. If you have another wireless router that you are already using as a master, or base station, for your repeating network, choose "Wireless Repeater" and then enter in the MAC address of the master router. (The MAC address of any router can be found in the "Status" page of its configuration menu.) If you want to set up this router to be the master for a repeating network, choose "Wireless Base Station" and then enter in the MAC addresses for each additional router you want to connect to it as a repeater.

  4. 4

    Check the check box for the "Disable Wireless Client Association," or similarly named, option ONLY if you want the router to not allow direct wireless computer connections. When checked, the router will be a go-between device; only the routers for which you enter MAC addresses will be able to connect to it.

  5. 5

    Click the "Apply" or "Save" button (depends on your router's manufacturer) to complete the repeater set-up. If desired, you may now enable wireless security settings in the "Wireless Setup," or similarly named, section of the configuration utility.

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