How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch

How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch

Do you get excited hearing about the newest technological device coming out? Of course you do! But when that new device is a replacement for your old one, you are faced with the age-old question, “What should I do with the old one?” If your latest device is a new router, these quick ideas will get you thinking about how you can reuse your old routers without just tossing them out.

Also read: Modem vs. Router: What’s the Difference?

1. Wireless Repeater

If your Wi-Fi network doesn’t reach into every part of your home, you can use the old router as a wireless repeater. A repeater is a device that creates an access point that bounces a wireless signal to your new network router. When you set one up at the edge of your router’s range, a repeater extends the range of the signal so that the signal can reach every area of your home.

You can even use it to extend the range outside. Because of the transfer of data between two points, setting up a wireless repeater can have some noticeable latency issues.

Also read: DD-WRT vs. Tomato vs. OpenWRT: Which Router Firmware Is the Best?

2. Guest Wi-Fi

How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch

Not all routers have a secure guest mode built into them. If you want your guests to have access to the Internet when they visit but don’t want them to have access to the devices on that network, you can put your old router to use as a guest Wi-Fi. You can set it up so that they don’t even need a password if you’d like.

Also read: How to Find and Share Your Wi-Fi Password Easily on Any Device

3. Network Switch

How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch

With the increase in devices that need an Ethernet connection, you can run into trouble because most routers have six or fewer Ethernet ports. Instead of buying a new network switch to increase the number of Ethernet ports, just connect your old router to the new one and use the ports it provides. Your old router must be DD-WRT compatible to do this, and the only extra item you need is an Ethernet cable.

Also read: Gaming Routers vs. Standard Routers: What’s the Difference?

4. Wireless Bridge

A wireless bridge is different from a wireless extender because it connects more than one network of signals. These networks are usually physically separated, like in various offices of the same company. It allows them to work as separate connections, so the traffic doesn’t overwhelm a single network. Reuse your old routers to create different networks in your home or small business.

Also read: How to Turn Your Raspberry Pi into a Wi-Fi Bridge

5. Smart Home Hub

How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch

If your old router has a serial port, you can repurpose it as a home automation server. When you do this, your router runs a web server that you access with your browser. This project is not an easy thing to do, but if you like a hands-on approach to technology, this project will give you a better understanding of home automation.

Also read: What’s the Difference Between “Access Point” and “Repeater” Modes on Routers?

6. NAS Drive

Want to store data on a single storage device and access it from anywhere in your home? You can use a NAS (network attached storage) device connected to your old router. You need a router that can run custom firmware and has a spare USB port. The router also must allow you to browse the contents of the device. With this set up on your network, you can use any device to access the files on the NAS.

7. VPN Connection

Many older routers will not have the ability to create a VPN, but if yours isn’t that old, it is a possibility. Check your router manufacturer’s details to see if this is an option for you. This can be a great addition to your home network, especially when shopping online or working remotely.

8. Hotspot

How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch

If you have a business or other location where you want to allow guest access, you can turn the old router into a hotspot. You can configure the hotspot with a captive portal that makes the users agree to your terms, see ads, or make payments before continuing.

Bonus: Help Others

You don’t have to reuse your old routers in your home. If none of the above sound like good options, consider donating your router. If it still works well, it could be a great addition to a local small business, school, or non-profit organization. In fact, consider donating or recycling your old electronics whenever possible.

If you enjoy tinkering with technology and hate to see a good piece of equipment headed for the recycling bin, you may enjoy trying some of these projects to make your home or business network work harder for you.

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How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch

If you have an old router lying around and you’re in need of a DIY network switch or an Access point then you’re in luck. Turning an old router into a Switch/Access Point is very easy; The main requirement is to turn off DHCP.

Turning off DHCP

  1. Log into your router’s web interface, it may be easier to reset it to factory defaults. The username/Password should be on the bottom.
  2. Find the LAN settings page. This will differ on every router, on my Netgear it is under Advanced -> Setup -> Lan Setup How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch
  3. Once there change the IP address of the router to something that is in the range of your current network. Eg if your network currently is then you could make it something like You want to make it something high so that it doesn’t get assigned by your router to another device.How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch
  4. You also want to turn off DHCP, this is usually a check box. Then select save.
  5. Now plug this router’s LAN port into the LAN port of your current router.
  6. If you need to make changes, for instance to change or disable the WIFI network. You can go to the address set earlier. This can be done from your existing network; you don’t have to be plugged into the old router.

Changing the wifi SSID and Password

  1. If you want to change the WIFI network name and password, go to the IP address you set earlier and log in. In the router menu look for the WIFI option; it could be under WIFI, wireless network or WLANHow to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch
  2. From here you can the name and password of the WIFI. Name may also be called SSID.
  3. Some routers may also use the same name for both WIFI Bands.
  4. Click save or apply when you’re done. Your router may reboot after a WIFI change.

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Do you have an old router and planning to throw it away? Well! It is not a good idea. You can use it for various purposes. Here are some of the best ways to recycle an old Wi-Fi router. You may or may not know about them all. However, you can use these tips without any problem.

1. Use With VPN Connection

There are many times we need to enable VPN to do something. For instance, you want to unlock some regionally blocked content and so on. Also, there are many times when you might need to enable VPN on your router so that all the connected devices can use that without installing a third-party VPN app on each device. If you want that as well as you want to use another router for general use like online streaming and so on, you can use your old router. You can set up a VPN in the old router and keep using that for a longer time. Whenever you need to use a connection for online streaming and all, you can use your regular router.

2. Set up Router for Guests

How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch

Let’s assume that guests often come to your house and you need to give them your Wi-Fi connection (obviously). Also suppose, you do not want to allow your friends to use your personal Wi-Fi connection due to speed or bandwidth issue. At such moments, you can easily set up a secondary Wi-Fi router and give that to your friends or relatives who often come to your house. That way you can keep using your personal Wi-Fi router for your work purpose without having any problem so far.

3. Wireless Bridge

Wireless Bridge helps you create internetwork connections. In other words, if you have two different connections and you want to use that as one for any reason, you can combine them (virtually) and use them as a single network. There are three types of Wireless Bridge, and those are Wi-Fi to Ethernet Bridge, Wi-Fi to Wi-Fi Bridge, and Bluetooth to Wi-Fi bridge. If you have a very old router, you might not get such options. However, if you have a four or five years old router, you will certainly be able to use it as a wireless bridge. One thing you should remember that it requires network protocol support.

4. Network Switch

How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch

In simple words, a network switch helps you connect more devices to your Wi-Fi router using Ethernet cable. Generally, Wi-Fi routers have either four or six Ethernet ports. That means you can use only four or six computers or other devices using an Ethernet cable. However, if you want to use more devices, you can use your old router as a network switch. Various ISPs use network switch to divide the connection across multiple users. You can use the same technique to extend the number of devices you can connect to your router. One thing is important, and that is you must have DD-WRT support. Otherwise, you cannot do it with your router. After attaching more devices you may face speed issue due to overloading.

5. Wi-Fi Repeater

A WiFi repeater costs from $30-$100 (generally). However, if you have an old router and you are thinking to throw it away, you might need to think about it twice since you can use your old router as a Wi-Fi Repeater. Let’s assume that you have a two-floor home and your Wi-Fi connection is not reaching to every corner of your home. At such moments, you can use a Wi-Fi repeater that will extend the existing connection and allow you to use your Wi-Fi connection from every corner of your house. A Wi-Fi repeater can be set up at the edge of an existing router’s range, and after that range, you will get a connection from the second router or the repeater.

6. Smart Home Hub

How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch

This is probably the best thing you can do if your home has some smart devices for doing different things like security and all. You can use your old router as a home automation server, and for that, your router should have a serial port. After the proper setup, your router will work as a server, and you can connect your smart gadgets to those servers to do various things. The best thing is you can control everything of that server right from your browser.

These are some of the best ways to recycle or reuse an old router. Apart from that, you can also open up the router case and examine different things, if you have a knack for such fields.

Option 2: reuse your old router

Most routers can be reused as an accesspoint. Modern routers even have features to configure them as accesspoint without a lot off hassle. How you exactly need to connect and configure your old router varies. But below we give some general points of attention. If you want to know some specific information for your router Google the brand and model number of your router for a manual or community information.

More information about the definition of an accesspoint can be found at this Wikipedia page:

Option 2a: routers without special settings to use it as an accesspoint

This solution is also explained in a Youtube video below (not ours, just a random one). In that video the old router gets connected to the new one before configuring the settings on the old router. The risk of doing that is that you get the wrong IP address send by the new router and that you can’t access the old router in that way. That’s why you are going to disable the DHCP server and why we recommend to first configure the old router and then connect the old router to the new router.

  • Connect your PC or laptop with a LAN cable to one of the LAN ports (mostly numbered 1 to 4) of the old router.
  • On a Windows PC hold the Windows key , press R and release the keys. As analternative you can press the Windows key + S or click the magnifying icon on the taskbar.
  • Type CMD and press the Enter key.
  • Type ipconfig and press Enter.
  • Search for an active Ethernet LAN controller and look which IP-address and gateway IP address it has. Write down the gateway IP address.
  • Open a webbrowser, enter the gateway IP address on the address bar and press enter.
  • Login to your router with the last login credentials set. If you don’t know often a default admin works both username and password. Or admin as username and a empty password. Elsewise: Google is your friend to find the default login credentials. Otherwise: contact the seller/provider/manufacturer of the router.
  • Find and disable the DHCP settings of the router and disable the DHCP server. If possible do not restart the router.
  • Set an unique IP address for the router it self so that you can change other settings when needed in the future.
  • Save the settings.
  • Restart the router if required by the router’s confirmation of saving the settings.
  • Connect the LAN cable on your new router to one of the LAN ports (mostly numbered 1 to 4). Connect the other side of the cable to one of the LAN ports on the old router.
  • If needed login again at the router’s webpage to change WiFi credentials to the same as before.

Option 2b: routers WITH special settings to use it as an accesspoint

  • Connect your PC or laptop with a LAN cable to one of the LAN ports (mostly numbered 1 to 4) of the old router.
  • On a Windows PC hold the Windows key , press R and release the keys. As analternative you can press the Windows key + S or click the magnifying icon on the taskbar.
  • Type CMD and press the Enter key.
  • Type ipconfig and press Enter.
  • Search for an active Ethernet LAN controller and look which IP-address and gateway IP address it has. Write down the gateway IP address.
  • Open a webbrowser, enter the gateway IP address on the address bar and press enter.
  • Login to your router with the last login credentials set. If you don’t know often a default admin works both username and password. Or admin as username and a empty password. Elsewise: Google is your friend to find the default login credentials. Otherwise: contact the seller/provider/manufacturer of the router.
  • Search for a feature to set the operating mode. It can have various names like “Connection thru” “internet mode”, “internet type”, “operation mode”, “operation type”, “WAN setting”, etc. Set the value to something like Internet router as IP client , Accesspoint , Connection thru LAN/WAN , LAN bridge , etc. Read the documentation of your router to be sure which setting to choose. Below is an screenshot of such a setting on an AVM Fritz!box 4040.
  • Mostly a DHCP server will be disabled automatically with the special accesspoint feature of the router but when it didn’t please find and disable the DHCP server settings of the router. If possible do not restart the router.
  • Set an unique IP address for the router it self so that you can change other settings when needed in the future.
  • Save the settings.
  • Restart the router if required by the router’s confirmation of saving the settings.
  • Connect the LAN cable on your new router to one of the LAN ports (mostly numbered 1 to 4). Connect the other side of the cable to one of the LAN ports on the old router. Some routers have the ability to use their WAN port as an uplink or regular LAN port. If that is the case then it is better to use that port to distinguish that cable coming from your new router.
  • If needed login again at the router’s webpage to change WiFi credentials to the same as before.

Change the connection type of an AVM Fritz!box 4040 to operate as an accesspoint

Option 3: change router / accesspoint settings of the new router

In your router / accesspoint settings you can change the WiFi SSID (network name) and key (password) to be exactly the same as it was on the old router / accesspoint. Mostly all devices will connect again to the new router / accesspoint. In the case some of them won’t: remove them from the power and after a few seconds power them again. And if that doesn’t help too: follow option 2 below.

Option 4: re-pair the devices without deletion in the eWeLink app

Leave the devices in your current account ( so don’t delete them! ). Pair the devices in the way you normally would do. All settings will remain in tact. Since eWeLink 4.4.0 it is possible to pair more than 1 device at once with the Add multiple devices options during the pairing process in the app. This help speeding up the process a bit.

This article describes more about what settings are being saved where and what the (dis)advantages are: Where do eWeLink supported devices save what data and what are (dis)advantages of that?

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How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch

How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch

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What to Know

  • Connect your old router to your main one via Ethernet and place it in AP Mode to use as a Wi-Fi extender.
  • Switch an extra internet router into Repeating Mode to use it as a Wi-Fi repeater without a cable.
  • Specific steps and setting names can vary from model to model depending on the router manufacturer.

This guide will walk you through the steps for how to set up an old router as a Wi-Fi extender, also often referred to as a wireless internet or Wi-Fi repeater, to help boost your home or office network in areas with a weak signal.

For optimal speeds, your extra router should support at least the 802.11n Wi-Fi standard. Older models may not provide the internet speeds you require in an extender.

How Do I Use a Second Router as an Extender?

The easiest way to use a spare router as an extender is to connect it to your main router via an Ethernet cable. The design and phrasing used for router settings and features can vary greatly from router model to model but the general setup steps are typically as follows.

Detailed instructions for your router’s specific model should be available via the manufacturer or internet provider’s website.

Update the firmware on your old router. If you haven’t used your old internet router in a while, it may need to be updated to improve its internet connectivity and security.

Connect an Ethernet cable to an Ethernet port on your main internet router.

How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch

Plug the other end of this Ethernet cable into the WAN port on the secondary router you want to use as a Wi-Fi repeater.

How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch

Log into your secondary router’s admin settings by using its IP address and login information.

This information is often written on a sticker on the router itself or can be found in its manual or packaging. These are the same admin settings used when changing a modem or router’s password.

Once logged in, locate the router’s wireless settings and select AP Mode. This will turn your router into an access point for your internet connection, essentially extending the Wi-Fi beyond the main router’s range.

You may need to click an option like Apply, Confirm, or Save for the change to go live.

How Do I Set Up My Router as a Repeater?

An alternative to the AP Mode solution is to set your extra router up in its Repeater mode. This is a good option if you don’t have an extra Ethernet cable lying around. Here’s how to do it.

Make sure your main router is turned on and is broadcasting its Wi-Fi signal.

Update your old router’s firmware so it has the latest security and feature improvements.

Log into your old router’s admin settings via a web browser or its official app.

Check the bottom of the router for its login information.

Locate the old router’s wireless settings and select Repeating Mode.

The exact phrasing and steps for this can differ quite a bit depending on your router’s model. Repeating Mode may also be called Wireless Bridge Mode, Extender Mode, Repeater Mode, or something similar.

Select the Wi-Fi network being created by your primary router and connect to it with its password and, if needed, username.

This step can vary dramatically depending on the router you’re using. You may be asked to enter your main router’s IP address or Mac address and admin information instead of, or in addition to, the Wi-Fi network login information.

Confirm the changes.

How Can I Use an Old Router as a Wi-Fi Extender Without Cables?

The easiest way to use an old internet router as a Wi-Fi extender without an Ethernet cable is to place it in Repeating Mode as shown above. When put in Repeating Mode, a router wirelessly connects to the Wi-Fi connection being produced by the primary router and then broadcasts an extension of the wireless network around itself.

When using an old router as a Wi-Fi repeater, keep in mind it needs to wirelessly connect to the primary router and can have its connection interrupted or weakened by physical objects and walls. Try to place it away from walls, furniture, and other large objects.

Can I Use a Router as a Wi-Fi Extender?

Most modern routers and modem-router hybrids support Wi-Fi extension capabilities. Many older routers can also be used this way though it’s recommended they support at least the 802.11n Wi-Fi standard. A router with older Wi-Fi tech may work but it likely won’t provide the speeds or stability you require.

Some routers, such as the Asus AiMesh line of products, feature extra support for Wi-Fi extending with their own mesh networking system. A wide range of Wi-Fi extenders are also available from a number of manufacturers and retailers. These dedicated devices can often be cheaper and a lot easier to set up than other Wi-Fi boosting or extending strategies.

You’ll need a Linksys Smart Wi-Fi router that supports Wireless Repeater mode. Make sure you have your main router’s wireless settings, then enter the default Linksys router web address (or a new address if you modified this) into your browser and log in to your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi router. Select Connectivity > Internet Settings > Edit > Wireless Repeater and enter the main router’s details.

A Wi-Fi extender can be an effective and useful way to shore up a spotty internet connection by expanding your wireless network’s range, but there are some caveats. Your internet speed, Wi-Fi needs, router location, and more all have an impact on a Wi-Fi extender’s effectiveness. Since the extender uses the same frequency band as the main router, be aware that you may experience an internet speed reduction.

A Wi-Fi extender connected via a wired connection will provide a strong, dedicated connection, particularly if you have a high-speed internet plan. It’s important to use a dual-band Wi-Fi extender to maximize your speed. Using an older, single-band extender may actually drag down your overall internet speed as the device works to provide a signal to a wide swath of area.

Network switch and router are the commonly used devices in a network. With each carrying out its own duties accordingly, you can surf on the internet freely with your smart phone or computer. How to setup a network switch and router? Should the network switch be installed before router or after router is puzzling for many network newbies.

What Is Network Switch and Router?

To get clear about how to connect wireless router to switch, this part will state the function of network switch and router first. What is a switch in networking? A network switch is used to connect multiple devices such as computers, printers, IP camera and modem on the same network within a building. In this way, these devices can share information and communicate with each other.

What is a router in networking? A router is sometimes connected to a modem at one side and many other devices on the other side. Because the modem will only talk to the first computer that talks to it, the router at the position serves like a dispatcher to share the connection among all your devices. This enables all connected computers to share one single Internet connection.

How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch

Fig1. Home network diagram with switch and router

How to Setup a Network Switch and Router?

From the above introduction, we know that both the network switch and the router can be connected directly to a modem. However, when the two devices coexist, how to deploy them. Shall I connect modem to router to switch or modem to switch to router?

Modem to Router to Switch: Network Switch After Router

In most cases, you will see people put the modem first, followed by a router and then a gigabit Ethernet switch. The principle is that the modem gives the public IP address to the router, and the router assigns the private addresses to the devices connected to it, while the network switch doesn’t handle allocating IP addresses but serves as the extension of the limited ports on the router, to receive more devices. In this scenario, all your devices with private addresses are safe as they are not directly visible to the internet.

How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch

Fig2. Modem router switch diagram

Modem to Switch to Router: Network Switch Before Router

Some people propose going from a cable modem to switch to wireless router. This seems good because all your devices on the network switch will have direct connections to your ISP. However, the truth is, your ISP does not offer multiple public IP addresses before the full transition from IPv4 to IPv6. So one or all ISP connections will likely fail and all of the devices connected to the switch would be exposed to the internet.

In a word, placing a modem to switch to router is not possible. At least not practically. Each port on the switch is a different IP address. So it doesn’t exist? Probably not unless your modem integrates the function of a router so that you can rewire and reconfigure the wireless router to set it up as access point. Seen from the outside, you indeed put a managed switch before router, however it still follows the principle that router goes before network switch.

How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch

How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch

Do you struggle with dead spots or weak Wi-Fi connections in your home? Many people have this problem. You want reliable service throughout the house but don’t want to spend a fortune on a whole house mesh network system. If you have an old router laying around somewhere, you can turn that old router into a repeater and achieve full coverage by investing less than $20 and a little bit of your time. Even if you don’t have an old router, you could get one from a site like eBay for a small price.

What You Need

To repurpose your router as a Wi-Fi repeater, you will need the following items:

  • Powerline network adapter with no Wi-FI
  • Old router (802.11n or 802.11ac)
  • Ethernet cord
  • Extension cord (maybe)

Create Your New Repeater

First, you need to identify your current router’s IP address, which channel it broadcasts on, and the security type it uses.

1. Open Settings.

2. Click Network and Internet.

3. Click “Network and sharing center” link.

4. Change adapter settings.

How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch

5. Right click on your Wi-Fi.

6. Click on Status.

7. Click the Details button.

8. Write down the default gateway address of the primary router.

Connect to the Primary Router

To connect to your current router:

Access it by typing the IP address into your browser, or you can enter the address provided by your router’s manufacturer.

  • Asus –
  • Belkin – http://router
  • D-Link – http://mydlinkrouter.local
  • Linksys – http://myrouter.local
  • Netgear –
  • TP-Link – or

Enter your user name and password. If you don’t know it, you can often find it on the bottom of the router or online.

Check Your Wi-Fi settings

For this step we will not be changing anything. We are just looking for information about your Wi-Fi settings to use in setting up the second router.

1. On your router’s homepage you just accessed, find router name, channel, and security type.

How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch

2. Write these down, but do not change anything.

Reset Your Old Router

The first thing you need to do to the old router is to completely erase any stored data from when it was in use.

1. Power on the router.

2. Insert a paper clip or other small, thin object into the hole marked reset on the back of the router.

3. Hold in for around thirty seconds.

4. Release and all the lights should go out and come back on again. It’s now back to its factory settings.

Configure Secondary Router

To get the router ready to use:

1. Turn off the primary router or disconnect a PC from the network.

2. Connect your router to a computer not connected to the network.

3. Go through step 1 again with the old router until you get to the configuration page.

Copy the Settings from the Primary Router

Now you need to enter the information you copied from your primary router’s settings to the one you will now use as a repeater.

1. Ignore any setup wizards.

2. Go to the Wi-Fi settings page.

3. Enable wireless.

4. Change the network name to the same as the primary router.

5. Choose a channel far away from the channel the primary router is using.

6. Match the security type exactly.

7. Assign the same password as primary.

Assign the Old Router a Fixed IP Address

The router you use for your repeater needs its own IP address.

1. Go to the LAN setup page and give the router an IP address in the range assigned by the main router but outside automatically issued addresses from DHCP (Dynamic Host Communications Protocol).

How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch

2. Disable DHCP by unchecking it on the configuration page.

3. Give it a new address, one just outside the ones assigned by your router. For example, if your router gives out addresses from to, give the new one

4. Save settings.

5. Wait for it to reboot.

Put It All Together

The best way to connect your routers is with a long network cable, but that’s not always practical. Instead, use a cheap powerline networking adapter. It will use your electrical system as a transfer mechanism for the signal. Just make sure you are using only one electrical system connected to the same fuse box.

Check Your Work

Now it’s time to check your connections.

1. Pick a spot halfway between the dead spot and the primary router.

2. Plug the powerline adapter into the wall.

3. Attach the router to the adapter with an ethernet cord.

4. Turn on the extender router and try to connect.

5. Use a site like to check the speed of your connection near your primary router.

How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch

6. Test the speed with the secondary router and compare to the first reading.

7. Move the secondary router around a bit to see if you can get a faster connection.

If you need better Wi-Fi in corners of your house, but don’t have a lot of money to make this happen, try this first to see if it works for you.

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How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch

Eliminate Wi-Fi dead zones and reuse the old router with DIY wireless extension for a complete home Wi-Fi network.

If your Wi-Fi signal should not be, it is a quick and easy project to learn how to convert an old router to a Wi-Fi extension and solve some problems at the same time.

Unless you live in a small house or apartment, you may not have access to your standard router, even if you have a very good Wi-Fi router. You can do something about it, in addition to complaining about broken Netflix sessions, whether it is causing unstable Wi-Fi or slow connection.

You can change the old router to Wi-Fi extension and allow the signal to reach other parts of your home, solving any coverage issues.

The old router can be easily configured to an extension cable, allowing the device to receive a strong Wi-Fi signal and send new data streams to previously unconnected areas. Even if you spend less, do not expect Wi-Fi miracles. However, it is a great way to fill your home with cheap wireless data.

How to do this trick We have modified the dusty Netgear R7000 802.11ac router Using Netgear Genie, a free network management app for network routers, we have easily converted your old router into a Wi-Fi extension to add Wi-Fi to your guest room.

The general operation of other routers is the same, but not entirely the same. If you do not have one or the other thing (like R6700 or R6900) you can get it online.

If you have an old router, check the instructions to see if the device can be switched on or off and get some instructions. If the router does not support the manufacturer’s firmware as a repetitive or repetitive function, there is another way. Check to see if the router can use open source firmware (such as DD-WRT). If so, you may be using the old router as an extension.

Beware of 802.11b & g routers; They have poor performance due to their low bandwidth, which can cause blockages in your network. Do the bill If you have a 100 Mbps connection and your extension is limited to a maximum of 11Mbps or 54Mbps, you are probably wasting most of your bandwidth using the old router. Only 802.11n or AC router will work.

Finally, Asus AiMesh routers can connect to each other to create their own network. There are 17 Asus routers that support AiMesh and you can automatically create mesh topology to fill your home with wireless data. However, you will need to download a new firmware to make it work.

How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch

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Simply we can say a router is a networking device. This device forwards data packets between computer networks. It is connected to two or more data lines from different IP networks. When a data packet comes in, the router reads the network address in the packet to know the destination. The router directs the packet to the next network on its journey by using that information.

Most of us use routers to connect multiple networks and forward packets between its own networks or other networks. But the thing is most people don’t know what are the other things you can do with a router.

Here are the 10 Things you can do with a router,

  1. Wireless repeater
  2. Guest WIFI
  3. Internet radio streamer
  4. Network switch
  5. Wireless bridge
  6. Smart home hub
  7. Convert your router into a NAS
  8. Use as a web server
  9. Make your own VPN
  10. Hotspot

Wireless repeater

What if your WIFI network does not reach to every part of your home? Then you have a solution for that. You can use an old router as a WIFI repeater.

A WIFI repeater is used to extend the coverage area of your WIFI network. Repeater is receiving your exiting WIFI signals, then amplifying it and transmitting the boosted signal.

Repeater creates an access point that bounces a wireless signal to your new network device. You have to connect the old router to your new wireless network. Set it up at the edge of your router’s range. Then this repeater will cover more area. Sometime there maybe some latency issues but this is an easy way to extend your wireless network.

Guest WIFI

When people comes to your place and using your wireless internet could be bothered you. So why not giving them their own network? Some WIFI routers have guest mode but some routers don’t have this guest mode.

You can use your old router as a guest WIFI. You can protect your existing network with a password. And the old router which connects to this existing network can provide WIFI without a password to new devices. But these new devices can’t access to other devices on your network. Because, guest network is a different point that provides access to the internet, but not to your home network.

Internet radio streamer

If you want to enjoy your favorite radio channels through the internet , then you can make your old router as a radio. Some old routers can be made to play internet radio. If you want to make a radio from your old router, you have to install OpenWrt or DD-WRT custom router firmware first and a USB sound card or you can build the speaker into router. For that you need an 8-bit microcontroller, a tuner, and volume knob.

Network switch

If you use home appliance devices, smart TVs and decoders, game consoles, and more devices that not have wireless networking, they need a physical connection to your network. We call this as an ethernet. Most of routers come with ethernet ports but most routers do not have more than six ethernet ports. With the increase of the wireless technology around the home, with the increase of devices that connect over Ethernet, you might run out of ports.

You can add more ethernet ports with a network switch. Instead of buying a new network switch, you can connect your old router to increase the number of ethernet ports. But your old router must be DD-WRT compatible to do this, and also you need an ethernet cable.

Wireless bridge

What happen if your router supports only wireless? Then you cannot connect ethernet devices to your home network. But you have a solution for that. It is the wireless bridge.

You can use your old router as a wireless bridge. This works like a wireless repeater, but wireless bridge offers ethernet rather than WIFI connection.

Smart home hub

If you like to work with technology, Then this gives you a better chance to understand of home automation. You can make smart home hub with your old router, but the router must have a serial port.

When you reuse your router as a smart home hub. Your router runs a web server that you can access with your browser. This might be on a PC or smartphone or tablet.

Convert your router into a NAS

Want to store your data on a single place and access it from anywhere in your home. For that you have a way called NAS. NAS stands for Network Attached Storage. You can use your old router to make NAS. Your router might be able to run custom firmware like DD-WRT and have a spare USB port. The router also must allow you to browse the contents of the device. After you set up this you can cess to your files from anywhere in the house.

Use as a web server

If your old router supports OpenWRT or DD-WRT and if it can run as NAS or smart home hub, this old router can host a basic web page also. But this website is limited to your network. You can share information among your family. This old router helps you to testing plugins, themes and new codes. But you have to remember this is a low spec server.

Make your own VPN

Most of old routers do not have ability to create VPN. Custom firmware supports old routers can be set up with VPN software. This means you can use top ranked VPN ( Express VPN, Turbo VPN) to set up on your computer. From this, every devices connected to network is protected by the VPN.

Use them for valuble thing

If your routers are very old, and you have no use of them, then donate them for a school, an institute, or a man, who can use them for good cause.

And also you can sell them. Some people seek for old gears, sell them to those people or list it on places like ebay.

First, check if your router supports your own third-party firmware.
Download and install the firmware according to the instructions for your router model.
Click Wireless.
Change the wireless mode to client.

Start checking if your router supports third-party firmware.
Download and install the firmware according to all the instructions for your router model.
Click Wireless.
Change the wireless mode to client.

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Can I use a router as an extension?

Unless you live in a very tiny house or apartment, chances are there is a place in your house where your regular router doesn’t reach very well, even if you have some of the best routers. Wi-Fi or a slightly slow connection in general, you’ll be doing more than complaining about interrupted Netflix sessions.

Setting The Routerouter

The final step to turning your router into a wireless adapter is to perform some configuration steps in the router’s web interface. If you are connecting to this interface, you will certainly have to Best Solution: Use A Router As An Adapter the default login and password, because a hardware overwrite has just been performed. Once connected, you will need to follow the firmware instructions to change how the router works. The popular DD-WRT firmware in question, part of its setup process is changing the “Wireless Setup” mode to “Client Bridge”. This change tells the device to use the adapter instead of a normal router.

How do I make my WIFI Router a wireless adapter?

Don’t throw away this old router. You may not need it for its intended purpose, but with a few minor modifications, the device can find a unique life as a wireless adapter. By turning your router into an adapter, you can connect multiple smartphones to a Wi-Fi network without requiring a wireless network credit for each one. If you have older computers that often don’t have Wi-Fi, you can use the card to add those devices to your wireless network.

Why Use A Router As A Retrofit Wireless Adapter?

This is a big advantage because routers have more powerful antennas that transmit a stronger signal simply because they are compared to an average adapter WLAN is stronger. It’s also a great way to recycle old equipment.

Why Use A Router As A Wirelessnew Adapter?

The main reason may be that routers initially have an additional channel. Antennas come standard with Wi-Fi. In other words, using an old router as a wireless adapter will likely provide a better overall experience than using a dedicated adapter. Plus, it’s a great way to recycle gear you no longer need. This might come in handy if you’ve just learned some practical ideas about how a modem and router work and are looking for something to write about how gadgets have been out of your trusty network for so long.

What Is A Wireless Repeater, Hub, And Data Receiver?

A router is a device used to send and receive data from computers over a network. The switch works with data and packets and is designed to receive incoming packets, analyze them and transfer them to other networks.

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If you are trying to capture the surveillance application, you must use a directly connected Wi-Fi device, such as a USB Wi-Fi dongle. By default, OS X provides an option to include the built-in airport in your map view, but if the signal isn’t strong enough and you can’t navigate to a better vantage point, plug in a USB device to another one. An amplified plug-in antenna is the main option.

How Do I Turn My Router Into A Wireless Adapter?

To access 192, enter http://192. 168 If you are logging in using the default guidelines (don’t forget to set the administrator security password), you can continue with your method and check the login box. The wireless network can be selected by right-clicking on wireless. Make sure our client is in wireless mode. When setting up your router, add the wireless network name (SSID) and connect it to your preferred wireless network.

What Do I Need A Wireless USB Adapter For?

Wireless USB adapterThe adapter changes the built-in wireless functionality of your computer and instead provides a faster, more reliable connection to available network signals. as a result of a USB connection. Since many computers have at least one USB port, it can usually be used on laptops and desktops. Plus, with plug-and-play convenience, you can remove the device when you don’t need it for use on another computer.

A Laptop, Such As A Wired Router In Windows 10 And Later 11

H2>If You’re Using Windows 10 Or 11, Thanks To Virtual Hardware And Preset Settings, You Can Turn Your Personal WiFi Hotspot Into A WiFi Hotspot Without Interruption. The Windows 10th Anniversary Update Added The Ability To View Your Network Connection While Maintaining A Specific Connection On A Laptop Or Computer System. Windows 11 Includes It Out Of The Box. Here’s What You Need To Do.

Can I use a router as an extension?

If you don’t live in a small house or apartment, there may be places in your new home that your regular router doesn’t cover, even if you develop one of the best Wi-Fi modems. connection or just a generally slow connection, your entire family can take action and complain about your interrupted Netflix sessions.

Follow The Following Steps To Use Your Router As A Wireless Adapter.

To use your wirelessAbout the router in the wireless adapter, third-party firmware is required. Make sure the firmware works on your router before using it. To do this, go to the firmware website and find the brand and model number of your router on their page; Be aware that modifying the router in this way may void your warranty. You can download the firmware after making sure your router is considered supported.

Powerline Adapter

A Powerline Adapter is a computer designed to transmit data over an electrical circuit in a home. . To connect them, you will need the best router (wired or wireless only), a powerful adapter that plugs into a powerful wall outlet. Of course, you will need an additional adapter for each device you wish to connect to your router. The adapter plugs into almost any other outlet that links to the same circuit and duplicates the device via an Ethernet cable.

Just so, what can you do with old routers?

What You Can Do With an Old Router

  1. Guest Wi-Fi connection.
  2. Wireless repeater.
  3. Cheap internet radio.
  4. Use the old router as a network switch.
  5. Adapt it as a wireless bridge.
  6. Build a smart home hub.
  7. Convert your router into a NAS.
  8. Use an old router as a web server.

Secondly, what can I do with old routers and cables? 9 Ways to Reuse Your Old Routers

  1. Wireless Repeater. If your Wi-Fi network doesn’t reach into every part of your home, you can use the old router as a wireless repeater.
  2. Guest WiFi. Not all routers have a secure guest mode built into them.
  3. Internet Radio Streamer.
  4. Network Switch.
  5. Wireless Bridge.
  6. Smart Home Hub.
  7. NAS Drive.
  8. VPN Connection.

Additionally, can you throw away a modem?

Never Throw in the Trash Never throw away computer accessories, including power cables, mice, keyboards, thumb drives, modems or headphones. They are made of plastics and metals that can release toxic chemicals like dioxins in a landfill.

What can I do with a wireless router?

7 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Your Router

  • Schedule internet curfews.
  • Block specific websites.
  • Block unwanted devices.
  • Create a Wi-Fi network for guests.
  • Share files across your local area network (LAN)
  • Remotely manage your network with your smartphone or tablet (cloud routers only)
  • Cuddle.

Get more juice to your man cave

Even the most powerful WiFi routers don’t have the transmission power to serve large residences. With walls, metal objects and simple distance the signal weakens until it begins to affect speed and performance. One way to extend the reach of your WiFi coverage is to take a second router, usually an old one, and use it as an extender or repeater.

Unfortunately, every router brand and sometimes even individual models are different. Which makes it impossible to give universal step-by-step instructions that will work with each router out there.

How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch

Also, there’s a fair chance that your older router might not have the right capabilities or won’t offer enough performance here to justify the cost saving. If it turns out your old router isn’t up to the task of acting as a WiFi extender, you’ll find some alternative solutions at the end of this article.

What You Need to Use a Router as a WiFi Extender

Before we look at the different ways you can use a second router as a WiFi extender, we need to go over the items you’ll need in order to make it work.

Obviously you’ll need the primary router. We’ll assume you have this already and that it’s the router that directly connects to the internet.

Next, you’ll need a second router. This router should preferably use the same WiFi standard as the one you’re trying to extend. However, routers going back as far as 802.11N should work well enough. Older standards than this are simply too slow to be useful these days.

If at all possible, you should also update the firmware on both routers to the latest version and reset the secondary router to factory default settings.

Connect Both Routers Using Ethernet

The simplest and most effective way to extend your WiFi network with a second router is to use an Ethernet cable between the two devices. This will offer the best performance possible and is the easiest to configure. The only real problem here is that you have to run a length of Ethernet cable between the two points.

Luckily Ethernet cable is inexpensive and with a few basic tools you can neatly wire the two points up. Once it’s done, you’re good for the long run and it really is worth the minor amount of effort. Before you permanently install the cable, test whether the connection is working.

Connect one end of the Ethernet cable to any of the regular Ethernet ports on the main router. Then, connect the other end of the Ethernet cable to the old router’s WAN port. This is where you would usually have connected your internet cable.

How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch

The physical part of the connection is done. The old router now has to be configured as an access point. Refer to that router’s manual to see exactly how to do this. It’s usually called “AP mode” or something similar.

When your old router goes into AP mode, it stops acting like a router. Instead, it acts as a network client device. Any devices that connect to the old router will have its data passed to the primary router at high speed.

Just keep in mind that the IP address of the old router is now assigned by the primary router. So if you want to log into the old router’s web interface, you’ll have to check the connected device list on the primary router’s web interface first and then type that address into your browser.

Connect Your Routers in Wireless Bridge Mode

If using an Ethernet cable between the two routers isn’t possible, then you can also use a wireless bridge connection between the two routers.

However, first consider the option of purchasing a powerline Ethernet adapter kit. This turns your home’s copper power wiring into Ethernet transmission cable and you can use this to connect the old router as an access point. Of course, powerline adapters are much more expensive than Ethernet, but could still be cheaper than buying a whole router or a WiFi extender.

How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch

If a wireless connection is the only route forward, then check the documentation for your older router (or rummage around the menus) and look for a wireless bridge, extender or repeater mode. Again, router manufacturers play fast and loose with the names for this feature.

Two routers can have the same name for a feature, but only one actually works as a way to extend another router. Alternatively, they can have two different names for the same function. The only way to be sure is either to try each option or consult the manual for a description of the feature in question.

The correct option will include a section where you can choose the SSID of the primary router and enter its password. Some routers might ask for the MAC address of the primary router or other more technical info. It varies and, most importantly, this type of wireless extension functionality isn’t that common. If the old router is a budget model, it may not have the ability at all.

Modify the Old Router With Custom Firmware

If your old router doesn’t have the ability to act as a WiFi repeater or extender, you aren’t completely out of options. There are several brands of custom third-party router firmware that add new functions to routers not included by the manufacturer. Often different models of routers will have the same hardware capability, but are artificially limited by the manufacturer. Custom firmware will give you full control.

How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch

The two main examples are DD-WRT and Tomato. You can visit their sites and search for your old router’s model number. If it’s listed, then the bridge or repeater function may be one of the functions included.

Better Solutions for Extending Your Wi-Fi Range

The main reason you’d use an old router as a WiFi extender is to save money and avoid being wasteful. However, if money isn’t the issue then using an old router as a wireless extender isn’t necessarily the best solution.

The performance of the connection using this method is usually not great. It can be acceptable for low-bandwidth applications such as browsing the web or checking emails, but not for HD video streaming or file transfers. If you want the best experience, it’s best to buy a specialized wireless repeater device.

If you really want a cutting edge solution, the best choice is a wireless mesh system. This is a kit that consists of several small router devices that network themselves together and act as one big router. You can also expand a mesh easily by buying additional modules.

Take Your WiFi Signal Further

You might be able to extend your WiFi network’s reach without buying extra hardware. Check out Top Ways to Boost WiFi Signals & Improve Performance for some great tips on getting your WiFi signal to go a little further. It could be as simple as relocating your primary router or twiddling the antenna around a bit. It doesn’t cost anything to try, so why not?

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Why isn’t one WiFi network enough? The answer is simple: security and privacy. These days, smart devices are gateways into our personal lives. While they are amazing and aid us in our everyday lives, it’s no secret that they can also leave us vulnerable. To combat the vulnerabilities, we take action. In this case by setting up separate WiFi networks for our smart devices.

Why you want a separate WiFi network

Like we said, Internet of Things (IoT) smart devices are channels to our private information. If you have multiple in your home that are connected to your router, then you have multiple opportunities for potential cyber-attacks. If cyber-attackers can get to your router, then they can get to everything.

No need to fear and throw out all of your smart devices just yet. You can protect yourself by setting up a separate network for all of your connected devices and another for all of your other devices.

How to create the separate WiFi network

There are a few approaches when it comes to setting up a separate WiFi network:

  • Set up two completely different networks.
  • Using one router, set up a guest network.
  • Use two separate routers.
  • Use a WiFi management tool to set up a separate network.

Let’s go into these options in a little more detail:

Two Separate Networks

You can set up two separate internet connections to your single router. This is definitely the most secure option, but not the most cost effective. Still, you can call your current internet service provider (ISP) or another to set up the second connection.

One Router and a Guest Network

Current routers allow you to set up a “guest network” within the router settings. If you know the username and password login to your router, you should be able to access the settings and set up the guest network.

When you set up the guest network, treat it like your personal network. Make sure that the name and password are strong and not easily cracked. Also, if the settings allow it, turn off any access to your local network resources to add more security. This way, your guests (no matter how much you may trust them) cannot get to your private information.

Two Separate Routers

This is the most complicated option, but it can work. You can invest in two separate routers that pair with your one internet connection. To do this requires proper connection and configuration. Unless everything is properly configured, your IoT devices may not be completely isolated.

Manage Your WiFi

Investing in a WiFi management tool is a great way to make sure that your regular devices and smart devices are inventoried and secure. A WiFi management solution like Optim does the work for you. The other options on this list can help you protect yourself from IoT security risks, but they require you to set things up yourself – or rely on a tech-savvy individual.

Optim is easy to set up and takes the guesswork out of your hands. Managing your WiFi keeps everything in check. Optim will show you your WiFi performance and trends across the entire network. Using machine learning (ML) algorithms, the tool automatically identifies and fixes problems.

Optim TM Managed Wi-Fi solution is available through reputable Service Providers – ask for it by name.

Final information you need to know

Whichever option you choose is up to you, but there are a few measures that you should always take regardless:

  • Change all default passwords and usernames to something unique
  • Make sure all passwords and usernames are long and strong
  • Don’t repeat passwords and usernames across networks
  • Always update firmware to your router(s) and IoT device(s) with the latest patches

You can learn more about home networking and Wi-Fi security with Actiontec’s Complete Guide to WiFi Networking. For the latest news in technology, check out Actiontec’s blog.


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i recently upgraded to verizon fios and they give me a brand new router so i dont need my old apple airport express anymore. is it safe to sell this on ebay? i dont know much about computers/wifi so im just worried if someone can access my old network or things like that. it may seem dumb but i just want to take precautions

i was going to sell my old cell phone until i found out that even after reformatting it, its still possible to recover old data/pics, etc. so i ended up not doing it. im wondering if its something similar with the wifi router?

is it safe to sell to a stranger?

No, you don’t have to set up the network completely again. You can just plug it in somewhere. But here’s the official document. Find your model and follow the instructions.

“Default Settings reset: Perform this reset if you wish to repurpose the device and want to remove all personal profiles and settings first. This reset resets the device to its state when you first purchased it. Data stored on internal or external hard drives connected to the device will not be erased. If you choose, you may manually erase the hard drive using AirPort Utility.

i feel like apple is being tricky with their description. im not exactly sure what they mean by that?

so all i need to do is press the little button on the back of the device and it will delete all networks/data that i had on it?

If you live in a crowded place, you might have noticed times when your WiFi suddenly slows down or drops off out of nowhere. These performance issues often have to do with too many people accessing the same WiFi channels in your area. To optimize your WiFi signal, it’s best to find and use a WiFi channel that no one else is using. Here’s how to change the channel on your router to speed up your WiFi signal.

What is a WiFi Channel?

Most WiFi routers these days broadcast data using the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequency bands. Each of these bands is divided up into channels that are used to send and receive data over your WiFi network.

You can think of the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequency bands like two highways, and the WiFi channels are like lanes on those highways. If you wanted to pick the fastest lanes on either highway, you would want to choose the ones that have the least traffic.

If you’re using the 2.4 GHz band, channels 1, 6, and 11 are usually the best choices because they don’t overlap with each other.

How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch

On the other hand, if you’re using the 5 GHz band, there are 24 non-overlapping channels you can choose from.

To find out more about the difference between 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, and which one you should use, check out our article here.

Many routers use the same channel by default. So, if you don’t change your WiFi channel, your router will probably use the same channels as all your neighbors, which could slow down your WiFi signal. Here’s how you can change your WiFi channel on a router.

How to Change Your WiFi Channel

To change your WiFi channel, log into your router using any web browser. Then open the Wireless Settings and find the Channels drop-down menu. Select a channel and click Save.

Note: Every router is different, so these steps might not be exactly the same for your router.

  1. Open a web browser and type your router’s IP address into the address bar. If you don’t know what your router’s IP address is, check out our step-by-step guide on how to find your router’s IP address on a Windows 10 PC or Mac.
  2. Then hit Enter on your keyboard. Your browser might display a warning screen at this point. To continue, click Advanced >Proceed.
  3. Next, enter your username and password. If you don’t your login credentials, check out our step-by-step guide on how to find your router’s username and password here. How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch
  4. Then open Wireless Settings. The exact name and location of this option will depend on your router. In most cases, you will have to select AdvancedSettings first.

Note: Make sure to choose the frequency band you want to change the channel for (2.4 GHz or 5 GHz). There might also be an auto-connect feature that you have to turn off as well.

  • Next, click the Channels drop-down menu and change your WiFi channel.
  • Finally, make sure to hit Save or Apply.
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    Note: Once you save your settings, it might cause your router to reboot, which could mean that you lose your WiFi connection briefly.

    Once you know how to change your WiFi channel, you should find out which WiFi channel is the least crowded. Here’s how to use the NetSpot app to find the best WiFi channel:

    How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch

    How to Find the Best WiFi Channel

    To find the best WiFi channel in your area, download the NetSpot app for Windows 10 or Mac. Then install the app and launch it. Next, click Details and select your frequency band. Then you will be able to see which channels are the most crowded.

    Note: The NetSpot app only works for computers running Windows 7 and higher or macOS 10.10 and higher.

    1. Go to NetSpot’s official website. You can find this at
    2. Then click Get NetSpot. You can find this in the top-right corner of the page. How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch
    3. Next, scroll down and click on Download now. This will download the free version of the application. How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch
    4. Then open the downloaded file to install NetSpot. If you can’t find the downloaded the app, check your Downloads folder.
    5. Next, launch NetSpot and click Continue. This will let you use the free version of the app. How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch
    6. Then select your WiFi network. You can see the WiFi networks in your area by name under the SSID (service set identifier) column. To make things easy, you can click SSID at the top of the column to sort by name. To select your network, click the name and make sure the box to the left is checked. You can also see which channel your WiFi network is currently using under the Channel column. How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch
    7. Next, click Details. You can find this in the bottom-left corner of the window. This will open a new window. How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch
    8. Then select your frequency band. You can find tabs for the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands in the top-right corner of the window. If you selected your network in the previous window, you should see it highlighted now.
    9. The best channels will be the ones with the least traffic. Each network in your area will show up as a different bar. You can tell which channel each network is using by looking at the numbers in the center of each bar.

    How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch

    In the image above, the highlighted network is using channel 36 on the 5 GHz band. That channel is fairly crowded, so it might be a good idea to change the channel to the other end of the band’s spectrum.

    Once you change your network to a less crowded WiFi channel, you should notice that your bar gets taller, meaning your network speed has increased.

    How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch

    If your WiFi signal is still weak, check out our guide on how to boost your WiFi signal here.

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    802.11n will be ratified soon, but don’t throw away your old 802.11g routers just yet. There are still many ways your old gear can help out, including extending your wireless coverage, providing network authentication, and enabling secure VPN connections.

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    • Turn Your Old PC into an Access Point

    Don’t throw away your old 802.11g routers just yet. The new slick-looking 802.11n routers may provide higher speeds and performance, but there are still many ways your old gear can help out, including extending your wireless coverage, improving a new network, assisting in offering public Wi-Fi, providing network authentication, or enabling secure remote or site-to-site VPN connections.

    Some of these ideas consist of moving the old router around to serve a different purpose. However, most make use of the neat features that replacement firmware projects offer for the popular WRT series from Linksys and many other vendors and brands. Nevertheless, all the ideas can be quite helpful and save you a lot of money.

    1) Extend coverage by using it as an AP

    Though wireless routers are designed to connect to and distribute an Internet connection, they can be used just for their Wi-Fi capabilities. In other words, you can use it as an access point (AP) instead of a wireless router. If you have a small network with only a single wireless router, this can just about double your wireless coverage—and it’s essentially free.Like a regular AP, you want to place the makeshift AP in a thoughtful spot to provide the best coverage. You want the wireless coverage boundaries of each router to overlap some. Then you have to run an Ethernet cable from the network’s router or switch all the way to the makeshift AP.

    The trick to turn the router into an AP is to turn off the router’s DHCP server and to hook the Ethernet cable to one of the switch ports instead of the old router’s WAN port. For more help with this project, click here.

    2) Relieve 802.11n routers from supporting 802.11g

    When using 802.11n (or Draft N), it’s best to allow only 802.11n connections on the router. If 802.11g clients connect, they can slow down the newer clients. However, you can set up the old router again, just to support the old clients. You’d use the router as an AP, such as discussed above, except you could place it right next to the new router since you aren’t trying to get more coverage.

    So you can better differentiate between the 802.11g and 802.11n signals, you should use different SSIDs or network names. To make sure someone loaded with a 802.11g card doesn’t accidentally connect to the new router, you can change the default wireless mode to 802.11n only.

    3)Make it a repeater to take the signal further

    Another way you can use an old router to extend your Wi-Fi footprint is to turn it into a repeater. Instead of having to run an Ethernet cable out to an AP, a repeater gets its network connection by listening to the airwaves and retransmitting the Wi-Fi signals between the existing wireless network and the users out of the main coverage area. This is great if you can’t or don’t want to run wires.

    Though this range-extending technique doesn’t require running cables, it does require flashing your router with replacement firmware. That’s because routers don’t come with the repeater feature out of the box. If you have a supported router, you can use the DD-WRT, Tomato, or Sveasoft firmware replacement.

    4) Use it as a wireless bridge

    If you have computers or other network devices that need to be connected to the network but only have an Ethernet port and aren’t close enough to the router, you could convert your old router into a wireless bridge. In bridge mode, the old router would communicate with the new router via the airwaves. Any computers connected to the old router’s Ethernet ports would be just like they were wirelessly connected with the new router themselves.

    Like with the repeater mode, to get this bridging capability, you’ll have to use a firmware replacement: DD-WRT, Tomato, or Sveasoft.

    For more on wireless bridges, read Ask the Wi-Fi Guru, Episode XVI.

    5) Offer VPN connections or connect offices together

    Another feature provided by some firmware replacements is a built-in VPN server and client. This lets you set up the router for secure remote connections, so you can access files and services or secure your Wi-Fi hotspot connections. Plus if you have multiple locations, you can securely connect them via the Internet. You can find this functionality in the DD-WRT or Sveasoft firmware replacements.

    6) Turn it into a hotspot

    If you have a business, you could convert your old router into a hotspot gateway. Though you can simply plug in a regular wireless router to offer wireless Internet, you should implement the hotspot features. A captive portal makes users see a disclaimer or advertisements, or make payment, before getting Internet access. Plus some hotspot gateways can manage user accounts if login is required.

    Both DD-WRT and Sveasoft include hotspot features. You might also want to check out the CoovaAP firmware replacement and all their free services. Sputnik offers a modified version of DD-WRT along with their paid services.

    7) Make it a RADIUS server

    If you want to use the enterprise mode of WPA or WPA2, but don’t have a RADIUS server to do the authentication, you may be able to convert your old router into one. If you have a supported router, you can flash it with the TinyPEAP firmware replacement.

    8) Do your own brainstorming

    We’ve discussed many ideas on how to use your old gear. Now you can review the features and documentation of the firmware projects to see if there are even more features that interest you. If all else fails, list your equipment on eBay…

    I recently received replacement units for my three faulty Deco M5 (v1) units. The replacement units are the same model (M5), but v2.

    My goal is to remove and return the faulty v1 units and install the new v2 units while keeping the same SSID and Password. Essentially swap or transfer settings from the v1 units to the v2 units so that all of my connected devices don’t need to be manually setup to connect to the new v2 units.

    Is this possible? Any guidance on how to achieve this if so?

    This is acutally quite easy. Log into the Deco App and click on the add button. Follow the procedure for adding a new Deco Unit to the account. Once you have completed this will all of the new Decos, swap them out with the old ones, and that’s it. The New decos will be configured with the existing network settings and your devices will all reconnect to the new Decos with no futher actions needed.

    How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch

    @Carl Thanks for the reply and suggestion! This sounds easy to add mesh nodes to my existing network.

    Quick question: I am using one of the Deco M5 “pucks” as my base router– How do I swap out or replace the actual Deco M5 router unit with the new unit without disturbing my existing SSID/Password?

    Update: I’m probably being dense here and I apologize if so 🙂

    How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch

    Bump. Please respond.

    Sorry for the delay I just got back into work for the day. When you ‘Add’ the new Decos you are sending the entire configuration to each unit. What this means is any Deco can be the base. The only interruption comes from the boot up of the new base unit. SSID/Password connections will all remain.

    How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch

    @Carl Awesome and thanks a ton for the time and explanations! Going to give it a shot this evening.

    My pleasure. Let us know if you need anything else.

    connectifyme September 22, 2017 Blog, How To

    How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch

    The Ultimate Guide to Turn Your Old PC or Laptop into a Powerful Wi-Fi Router

    If you have an old PC collecting dust or a spare laptop you rarely-to-never use, then you should definitely turn it into a wireless router. Think about it – it’s much more flexible in terms of connections you can use than a regular dedicated router: supports Ethernet, Wi-Fi, 4G and any other connection types via USB adapters). Plus if you want to turn an old laptop into a wireless router, it’s easy to move it around even when no power outlet is around.

    Read below to see how easy it is to turn your Windows computer into a fully featured Wi-Fi router with the help of Connectify Hotspot software. It’s all there: sharing any Internet connection with other devices, extending the range of a wi-fi network, bridging network connections, universal ad blocking and firewall controls.

    Share Any Internet Connection With All Your Devices

    The first and main use for a wireless router is to share an Internet connection to other devices via Wi-Fi or Ethernet. As you know, the newer versions of Windows have built-in capabilities to share a Wi-Fi network or bridge connections, but they are very limited in terms of functionalities and require some technical knowledge, time and a lot of steps to get it going.

    This is why Connectify Hotspot is the most popular virtual router software used by millions of people around the world. It literally takes less than 5 minutes to configure an old WIndows PC or laptop into a powerful wi-fi router. You will be turning your PC into a wireless hotspot!

    With Connectify Hotspot MAX you can share any Internet connection (Wi-Fi, 4G, wired, VPN, others via USB adapters) via Wi-Fi or Ethernet. To turn your laptop into a wireless hotspot and share the Internet connection over Wi-Fi, just select it under ‘Internet to Share’, give the Wi-Fi hotspot a name and a password and you’re ready to go! See the video below!

    Naturally, if you’re using a PC and want to turn it into a wi-fi hotspot, you have to make sure it has a wireless adapter installed – usually available via a USB adapter or even onboard for some configurations – check your system / motherboard manual and BIOS.

    You can also share the Internet connection via Ethernet, if you have devices that don’t support Wi-Fi – for example – older game consoles such as PlayStation, Xbox or Nintendo. Connectify Hotspot MAX makes that possible – as before, you just have to select the connection under ‘Internet to Share’ and you’re done – see video below for illustration.

    One last thing about sharing connections: for every connected device, you have firewall controls available – you can choose whether you want that device to have access to the Internet and Local network.

    Extend the Range of Your Wi-Fi Network with Connectify Hotspot

    As a powerful virtual router software app, Connectify Hotspot also works as a repeater and range extender for your Wi-Fi network.

    To set up Connectify Hotspot MAX as a Wi-Fi repeater you must already be connected to the network you want to extend. Then simply click on the ‘Wi-Fi Repeater’ button at the top of the program interface, make sure that the Wi-Fi network you want to repeat is selected and start your Hotspot. It’s that easy! See video below.

    Bridge Network Connections Easily with Connectify Hotspot

    If you want to bridge network connections – add devices to your home network as if they were directly connected to that (game consoles, streaming devices, network attached storage devices, etc.), then Connectify Hotspot MAX can help with that. Just select the Bridged option under ‘Network Access’ in the app – more details in the video below!

    EXTRA: Whole House Ad Blocking Made Easy with Connectify Hotspot

    Looking for a way to save time, bandwidth, money and battery life for all your devices connecting to the home network? You’re in luck – Connectify Hotspot is more than just a virtual router; it also uses universal ad blocking technology to help you save 60% of your bandwidth on average.

    Universal ad blocking means that it will block ads not only from websites, but from within apps too. So, if you’re connecting via your iPhone or Android smartphone to the Internet via the hotspot created with Connectify, you will not get any pesky ads within the ad-supported apps you may have on your mobile phone. Great news, right?

    Convinced yet? Connectify Hotspot is clearly the best solution to turn your old Windows computer into a powerful wireless router. Get started with Connectify Hotspot MAX now at 70% off!

    Got an extra router lying around? Use it to expand your network

    If you own devices with wired-only (Ethernet) connections and your router or modem is too far away or your wireless network doesn’t cover enough area in your home, an old router can solve your problems. By installing the free DD-WRT firmware on the old router, you can turn it into a wireless bridge or repeater. This means that even devices that can’t reach your main router can get connected through the old router anywhere you put it.

    There are a few different scenarios here, but for all of them, you’ll need to install the Linux-based DD-WRT to replace the old router’s default firmware–and give it not only more options but also enhance its performance. Head to DD-WRT to find out if your router model is supported and download the latest release. If your router can’t install DD-WRT, you can always buy a used one, such as the popular Linksys WRT54G for pretty cheap.

    Install DD-WRT

    Do a hard reset on your router (check the manual or search for “[router name] hardware reset,” then connect your computer to the router’s LAN port with an Ethernet cable.

    Open a web browser and go to to get to the DD-WRT control panel (If your computer doen’t use DHCP to get its IP address automatically, you’ll have to set the IP address to the same subnet–e.g.,

    Change the wireless mode

    Go to Wireless > Basic Settings. Here’s where the instructions differ, depending on what you want to do:

    • If you want to connect wired devices (e.g., your TV or game console) on the old router and have it connected wirelessly to your modem or other router, then choose “Client Bridge” in the Wireless Mode drop-down. For Network Mode, SSID, and Wireless Channel, set the same options as your primary router.
    • If you want to use your old router to increase the range of your wireless network, choose “Repeater” for the Wireless Mode. In the physical interface section, enter the SSID of your primary router and choose “Bridged” for network connections; this means that your repeater router will get the signal from and be connected to your current network. Under the virtual interfaces section, you can choose a different SSID so that you can connect to that router specifically if you’re closest to it.

    Hit Save and then Apply.

    Set up the wireless security

    For both the bridge and repeater options, next go to Wireless > Wireless Security and enter the security settings of your main router.

    Change IP address

    Finally, you may have to go into Setup > Basic Setup and change the router’s IP address–to be on the same subnet of the primary router if you’re creating a bridge, or on a unique subnet if you’re in repeater mode. Take a look at the DD-WRT client bridge instructions and repeater bridge instructions for additional details and tips/gotchas/problems.

    You can check if your new setup is working by going to Status > Wireless.

    This story, “Turn an old router into a wireless bridge or repeater and boost your home network” was originally published by ITworld .

    Melanie Pinola is a freelance writer covering all things tech-related. A former IT admin and occasional web developer, she is also the author of LinkedIn in 30 Minutes, a Lifehacker writer, and the Mobile Office Technology expert at

    The opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of ITworld, its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

    This article will guide you to set up your TP-Link 11N wireless router as access point, which could transform your existing wired network to a wireless network.

    First of all, please check whether your TP-Link router has Operation Mode option on the left side menu. You may login the web interface of TP-Link wireless router to figure it out by referring to How do I log into the web-based Utility (Management Page) of TP-Link wireless router?

    Case 1. If there has Operation Mode menu on the web interface of TP-Link router to switch working modes, please follow the instructions below step by step.

    1. Connect the power adapter to the router and turn on the router.

    2. Connect the router to your wired host router’s Ethernet port via an Ethernet cable as shown below.

    How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch

    3. Connect a computer to the router via an Ethernet cable or wirelessly by using the SSID (network name) and password printed on the bottom label of the router.

    4. Enter in the address bar of a web browser. Use admin for password, and then click Login.

    How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch

    Note: If the above screen does not pop up when you use IE Web-browser, it means that your IE Web-browser has been set to a proxy. Go to Tools menu > Internet Options > Connections > LAN Settings, in the screen that appears, cancel the Using Proxy checkbox, and click OK to finish it.

    5. After successfully login, select Access Point mode and follow the Quick Setup to complete the configuration.

    How to change to Access Point mode: Go to (Advanced)–>Operation Mode or Advanced–>System Tools–>Operation Mode.

    Note: If you want to change the default SSID (network name) and the password, please follow Quick Setup to complete the configuration.

    6. Enjoy! Connect to the wireless network by using the SSID (wireless name) and password of the router.

    Case 2. If there is no Operation Mode menu on the web interface of TP-Link router, here are some instructions for you.

    1. Log into the router’s web management page.

    2. Go to Network -> LAN on the side menu and change the LAN IP address of your TP-Link N router to an IP address on the same segment of the main router. This IP address should be outside the main router’s DHCP range.

    Example: If your DHCP is - then you can set the IP to

    How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch

    Note: After changing the LAN IP address, a reboot will be required and you will need to log into the TP-Link N router with the new IP address.

    3. Go to Wireless -> Wireless Settings and configure the SSID (Network name). Select Save .

    How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch

    4. Go to Wireless -> Wireless Security and configure the wireless security. WPA/WPA2-Personal is recommended as the most secure option. Once configured, click Save .

    How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch

    Note: If using a dual band router, repeat this process for the 5GHz band as well.

    5. Go to DHCP – > DHCP Settings and select Disable the DHCP Server. Select Save .

    How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch

    6. Go to System Tools – > Reboot and select Reboot to reboot the device.

    How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch

    7. Use an Ethernet cable to connect the main router to your TP-Link N router through their LAN ports (any LAN ports may be used). All other LAN ports on your TP-Link N router will now grant devices Internet access. Alternatively, any Wi-Fi device can now access the Internet through your TP-Link N router by using the SSID and Password set up in the above steps.

    How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch

    Get to know more details of each function and configuration please go to Download Center to download the manual of your product.

    When you get a new router, chances are your Wi-Fi signal is strong. Really strong. Perhaps even strong enough to pass right through the walls of your house…and keep on going. Sounds great, right? Not so fast.

    Chances are, your incredibly strong new Wi-Fi network is now visible in your neighbors’ lists of potential connection options. That means all your neighbors are going to see that your wireless network has the strongest signal they can connect their devices to and if you’ve left your wireless network completely open, that’s the network that their devices will try to connect to by default.

    To keep your Wi-Fi network safe and secure, there are two things you should be absolutely sure to to when setting up a new router: change your network name and set up a secure password.

    Change the SSID

    In a nutshell, an SSID, or Service Set Identity, is the name of your wireless network. Every wireless network has an SSID and in order for Wi-Fi devices to connect to one another they must be on the same SSID. When you first set up a new router, it’ll come with a default SSID to get you started, but it’s a great idea to change the default network name as many routers use information like your router’s make and model, which Wi-Fi piggybackers can potentially use to obtain default login details.

    When changing your network’s SSID, be sure not to use any personal information for your network name. Remember: this is what anyone within range of your Wi-Fi will be able to see. If you’re feeling fancy, be sure to check out our list of Top 10 Feverishly Funny Wi-Fi Network Names so you can add some pizazz to your own.

    Set a Secure Password

    Did you know that if someone uses your unprotected Wi-Fi connection, anything they do online can be traced back to you? Aside from being held accountable for someone else’s actions online, though, there are plenty of reasons to password protect your Wi-Fi. Good reasons too. Reasons like protecting your network from attacks and keeping your passwords and other personal information safe.

    When choosing a new password for your wireless network, a good rule of thumb it to make it at least 8 characters long. You should also make it difficult for people to guess by mixing it up with uppercase and lowercase letters as well as numbers. That means no making “Password” your password! I mean it.

    With Wi-Fi networking, security is the name of the game. Be sure to keep your network locked down and safe by changing your SSID and password.

    “With great Wi-Fi comes great responsibility.” – Fiona Hutcheson 🙂

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    Follow this tutorial to automatically switch to strongest WiFi network on Android smartphone. Make Your Android Device Switch to a Stronger WiFi Singal using the app mentioned in this article.

    If you live in a house where you need to have more than one router installed, it can be annoying when your device won’t disconnect from the weaker signal. You have to keep moving until you’re far enough to lose the other signal, but what if you don’t need to go that far?

    Are you stuck with that weak WiFi signal? No! You’re not. There is an option where you can automatically switch to a stronger WiFi network without having to go farther than you need to.

    Switch to Strongest WiFi on Android

    Don’t worry; this option doesn’t involve complicated instructions or having to bother your tech-savvy friend. All you have to do is install one easy to use app that will get the job and give you on less thing to worry about. Thanks to this app you’re in control of everything and you can also change your settings at any time.

    How to Make Your Android Device Switch to a Stronger WiFi Singal

    To get things started, you need first to install the WiFi Switcher app by Cloudie Development. Make sure to check that it’s from this developer since there could be other apps with the exact same name. If you’re running on Android 6.0, don’t be surprised if it asks for your location.

    The reason the app asks for your location is that there is a bug in Android 6.0 that won’t let the app scan for WiFi unless you grant it access to your location. Once the app is up and running, it will automatically show you all of the nearest WiFi signals near you.

    How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch

    If you want the app to switch to the WiFi signal in your home automatically, this part is going to require that you do some walking so that those signal can show up in the app. As the WiFi signals come up, don’t forget to tap on the preferred box beside the signal icon.

    When you’re done choosing the WiFi signals you want, you’ll need to set up how low the signal has to be for the app to switch WiFi signals. To do this tap on the three vertical dots on the upper right-hand corner and tap on Settings.

    How to See the Strength Threshold

    In Settings, you’ll see a slider in the Switch Range option. Set the signal threshold you want. After this, the app will know how low the signal has to be to switch to another preferred WiFi signal. I would set it to one or two bars, but the choice is obviously up to you.

    How to reuse your old wi-fi router as a network switch

    Below the slider there’s the Ask Before Switching option. Make sure that you don’t have that checked on. Having it checked defeats the whole automatically switching idea. Don’t you think? An option you should have checked on is the Show Full SSID. This is helpful when there are routers that have long names.

    We recommend you to go through the following handpicked Android tutorials.


    Thanks to this app you’ll never be stuck with a weak WiFi network when you can easily enjoy a stronger one. You just choose the signals you want to connect to when you’re near. When you are near a signal the app will do all the work for you. All you have to do is be within a certain distance.

    It means that when you are doing data transfer, for example, transferring contacts or restoring a backup, the process will finish without problems and you won’t get stuck with corrupted data.

    This is definitely a must-have app if you have multiple routers in your home. Now, you won’t have to wait until a WiFi signal is completely out of reach to switch to another one. Do you think that you’ll give the app a try? Let me know in the comments.

    There are many ways for people make use of your old routers instead of throwing them away or locking them away until they can no longer be used. This article will cover the top five things you can do with a wireless router, so be prepared.

    What is a router?

    Some of you may be asking yourself this question, and rightly so. Well, a router is a piece of hardware that communicates directly with the Internet. Not only that, but if you have a particular type of router, you can even look forward to a faster internet connection. Some routers can also help with cyber attacks and much more. For those who want a deeper understanding, we recommend reading Modem vs. Router: What are the main differences between them?

    Ways to use an old wireless router

    Instead, if you throw away your old router, you can reuse it by doing the following:

    1. Create a web server for a smart home hub
    2. Create a VPN router
    3. Create your own wireless repeater
    4. Use the router to make a network change
    5. Use your old router for guest Wi-Fi

    1]Create a web server for a smart home hub

    With the rise of Artificial intelligence and Big Data, your home will become smarter than ever. You can get ahead of the curve by transforming your old routers into a home automation server. You see, the router will be running a server that you will have to connect to using a web browser. You may need to install custom firmware, such as DD-WRT o OpenWRT before starting.

    You can do it from a PC or even a smartphone, as long as the web browser is modern.

    2]Create a VPN router

    It is possible to create your own VPN router with the use of an old router. Similar to creating a smart hub, you may need to install OpenWRT or DD-WRT first. From there, make sure you’ve subscribed to a VPN service, and then connect it to the router.

    Once this is done, you won’t need to use vpn apps for any device connected to the router in your home.

    3]Create your own wireless repeater

    Depending on the size of your home, a single wireless router may not be enough to guarantee 100 percent Wi-Fi coverage. To fix this problem, you’ll need a wireless repeater, but instead of buying one or more, how about using an old router instead? Use it as a range extender.

    Basically, you will be connecting the router to your new wireless network. From there, you should be able to share the Wi-Fi signal with other areas of the house. There may be latency issues, but that’s not a big deal.

    4]Use the router to do a network change

    If you don’t have the money to buy a network switch but have an old router, then you’re probably in luck. Because your router comes with four or more Ethernet ports, sometimes as many as six, it’s easy to run out of ports.

    You can quickly fix this problem by connecting the old router to the current one in an attempt to create a network switch. Just be sure to disable wireless networking on the old router to make sure there’s no conflict of interest.

    5]Use your old router for guest Wi-Fi

    Do you have a popular house where people show up most of the time? You may want to have a special Wi-Fi connection for these visitors that is slower, so you don’t reduce your bandwidth too much. If this is your reality, then use one of your older routers to clear things up.

    It will connect the old router to your network and from within the router, if possible, you can change the outgoing speed and have it ready for visitors at any time.

    Also, if you use the guest network feature, anyone connected will not have access to devices linked to your network.

    Finally, instead of just throwing it away, see if you can sell it for cash or donate it to someone.

    Learn: How to access and change Wi-Fi router settings.



    Current Router = Apple Time Capsule
    Old Router = Linksys WRT54GL, firmware = DDWRT mod

    I have a win7 desktop that doesn’t have a wireless card and it’s too far from my main router to be hardwired.

    I need help setting up my old Linksys as a hard-wired access point?

    Time Capsule > Linksys > Wired to PC > Internets!

    In other words, I want to reuse my linksys router as an ethernet/wireless modem.


    Golden Member



    Main router is on the otherside of the house. I need the old router to act like a USB Wireless Network card except through the PC’s ethernet.

    Somehow, i think it’ll be easier to spend 40 bucks on a USB wireless N driver.


    No Lifer

    Then you are talking about using the DD-WRT router as a wireless bridge.

    Set Wireless mode to “Client”, set the SSID to the same as the main router, and encryption type and password to the same as well. Give the DD-WRT router a different LAN subnet than the main router (as “Client mode” wireless will NAT). Leave DHCP enabled.

    Assuming that you have everything set up properly, then you will see the “WAN IP” (shown in the upper-right corner of the screen on the DD-WRT menus) pop up with an IP address from your main router. Then your PC that is wired into the DD-WRT router will pick up an IP address from the different LAN subnet.

    This should give you internet access.

    If you want to share NAS, or LAN printers, or things of that nature, then you are better off investigating how to setup WDS mode, between multiple DD-WRT routers. (I’m using a config like that at my place.)

    Wi-Fi is a tricky beast: temperamental, dodgy, and seemingly with a mind of its own. Sometimes you need to get in there and sort it the heck out.

    But the first thing to do is learn how to change the Wi-Fi settings on your router in the first place. Here’s a quick guide to help you – we promise it’s easier than it seems.

    How to change the settings

    1. Find your router’s IP address

    An IP address is a series of numbers – is a common one – that identifies your connection. You’ll need to know what your router’s IP address is in order to change its settings. There are a number of ways you can find this out:

    • Check the back of your router. Most have a sticker or a card with all the info you need for logging onto its settings, including the IP address you need.
    • Or, go into the Network and Sharing Center on your computer. Select either ‘Wireless Network Connection’ or ‘Local area connection’, then ‘Details’. Look for ‘IPv4 Default Gateway’ – the number next to this is the IP address you want.
    • Or, plug in an ethernet cable, and go to the Command Prompt. Type in ‘ipconfig’ and press enter, and look for the number next to where it says ‘Default gateway’.
    • On a Mac: Go into System Preferences and choose ‘Network’. Click on the network you’re connected to in the left-hand pane, and on the right hand side it will tell you the router’s IP address.

    2. Type it into a browser

    Open any internet browser – Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari will all do – and type in that IP address you found. It should take you to a login screen.

    3. Log in

    Enter the username and password for your router. You’ll find this on the back of your router, or in its manual.

    Login info not working? Here’s what you can do.

    • Plug in an ethernet cable. Search for ‘network’ in the Control Panel, and select ‘View Network Connections’ (under the Network and Sharing Center). Right-click on your ethernet connection and select ‘Properties’. Make sure that ‘Obtain IP address automatically’ and ‘Obtain DNS server automatically’ are both selected. Then try again.
    • Or, reset your router back to its factory settings – you’ll probably need to get a paperclip or pin and stick it in the ‘reset’ hole. Then re-connect and try logging in again. This is really a last resort, however – resetting a router deletes any settings you may have changed.

    Once you’re successfully logged in, you’ll be able to access a page with all the router’s settings.

    What settings can I change?

    Exactly what you can do here depends on your router – some are more advanced than others, or simply have different capabilities. But generally, this is where to go if you want to:

    • Change the Wi-Fi password
    • Switch a Wi-Fi network on and off
    • Set up a guest network
    • Set up a LAN
    • Change the SSID (the name of your network)
    • Adjust parental controls
    • Change your security settings
    • See what devices are connected to the network
    • Diagnose problems with your router

    How do I open the Network and Sharing Center?

    On a Windows PC, the Network and Sharing Center is your one stop for all things networky. If you’ve ever had Wi-Fi problems, you’ll already be well acquainted with it, but if not, here’s how to get there:

    • Click on the icon on the right-hand side of the taskbar at the bottom of the screen – it looks like a computer with either a cable or a Wi-Fi symbol next to it. Select ‘Open Network and Sharing Center’.
    • Or, find it in the Control Panel. It’ll be under the ‘Network and Internet’ section.

    If you’re using a Mac, you won’t have a Network and Sharing Center on your computer. Instead, open System Preferences, and choose ‘Network’.

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