How to use a wireless router as a signal booster

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Wireless routers for home and small business markets feature integrated four-port switches. Wireless routers that feature integrated switches can be converted to wireless access points, which can then be used as a signal booster for the overall wireless network. Wireless routers are converted into access points by disabling the router's internal Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server. This forces the router to act as both an access point and network bridge when it is connected to another router on the network.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Ethernet cable

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Connect an Ethernet cable between a computer and one of the router's "LAN" ports.

  2. 2

    Log into the router's Web interface by typing its address into the address bar of a Web browser. Common addresses are "192.168.0.1," "192.168.1.1," "192.168.1.254" and "192.168.2.1."

  3. 3

    Enter the router's username and password, if prompted.

  4. 4

    Locate the DHCP server settings, which are typically located under a "LAN Setup" or similar category.

  5. 5

    Disable the DHCP server function and save the settings.

  6. 6

    Locate and configure the appropriate wireless settings in the Web-based set-up, such as the SSID and encryption password.

  7. 7

    Disconnect the Ethernet cable from the computer, and connect it to the "LAN" port of another router. This links the two routers together and expands the wireless signal coverage area.

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