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Using a second wifi router as a bridge

By colin.hempsey ·
Well, I would never have guessed that it would be so hard. Using a second wifi router as a bridge is not as straight forward as it would seem!

Here is my situation:

I have a wifi router in my lounge and I have a requirement to have a 100baseT connection in my home office. I (wishfully thinking) thought I would be able to buy a second wifi router to use as a bridge between the wifi network and the 100baseT lan.

After a bit of research it seemed that the best solution would be to use DD-WRT firmware on the router but as it only works on certain versions of routers (i.e: v1 and v1.3 but not v1.2 or v2 of certain routers) I was not willing to spend the cash on something that might not work.

My solution was to use an ethernet over power connection wired to my lounge router.

I was wondering if anyone else has had a similar problem and what was your solution?

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Do you also use a wrench to pound in nails?

by JackOfAllTech In reply to Using a second wifi route ...

Why not just buy a bridge or WiFi extender?

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DD-WRT on supported router or dedicated bridge.

by Choppit In reply to Using a second wifi route ...

If you're concerned about getting an incompatible hardware version go for something like Linksys WRT54GL or buy a dedicated wireless bridge. Also consider buying secondhand via ebay as sellers are usually only too glad to divulge the hardware version (also less financial risk if you brick the box). I've used both WRT54G (v2) w/DD-WRT and a dedicated wireless bridge (also Linksys) and both solutions perform fine for moderate home use. Of the two soultions I favour DD-WRT purely for the additional flexibility.

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by colin.hempsey In reply to DD-WRT on supported route ...

Good advice, thank you.

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