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DGL-4500 - How do I turn it into a wifi repeater?

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Howdy,

I'm trying to turn my dgl4500 into a wifi repeater, as i've replaced it with a DIR-655revB, latest firmware.

I'm not here to debate which = better for whichever.

I'm looking at properly disabling the DHCP on the dgl4500. Connecting a lan cable to it into where ever, and making it through it's settings, a wireless "switch" / "repeater. Basically rendering the supplied wifi settings from the Dir-655 to the DGL 4500 and virtually boosting wifi signal outright.

My plan is WPA itself, etc etc.

Can anyone give me some pointers/suggestions on how to do this?

Thanks,

- Le_Loup


*** Note ***

It's currently sitting on my network, as a 1.1 ending, instead of a 0.1, so I can make it's own independent wifi range etc, testing it's stability wifi wise, on a different channel opposite to the Dir-655. I can access it via 192.168.1.1 , and can navigate the pages, as it's on the most recent firmware...2010.... frown.gif (The DGL-4500 is on 2010 firmware, the DIR-655 is on most recent, revision B)
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Should just be able to untick a box to turn off the DHCP, leaving it on the host router. It wont be a 'repeater' as you think, but more like an extension cord to your primary router. A true repeater catches the signal, passing it on extending the wifi coverage area (with no physical connection, think HAM radio), whereas using a second router will just extend your 'network' using its signal from the cable. You have to configure each client to connect to both routers the first time, then it will seem seamless from then on out.
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What are you trying to do specifically?

If you are trying to get the WAP to act like another wireless access point in a poorly served area, then yes, you can just disable DHCP, change the key to be the same as the original router/wap, run a cable to the poorly-covered area, and plug it in.

If you want the WAP to take in the router/WAP traffic and rebroadcast them, then you would need DD-WRT and will have to create virtual interfaces.
    
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Should just be able to untick a box to turn off the DHCP, leaving it on the host router. It wont be a 'repeater' as you think, but more like an extension cord to your primary router. A true repeater catches the signal, passing it on extending the wifi coverage area (with no physical connection, think HAM radio), whereas using a second router will just extend your 'network' using its signal from the cable. You have to configure each client to connect to both routers the first time, then it will seem seamless from then on out.

So basically dhcp off = switch? (After reboot/reconnect, etc).

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What are you trying to do specifically?
If you are trying to get the WAP to act like another wireless access point in a poorly served area, then yes, you can just disable DHCP, change the key to be the same as the original router/wap, run a cable to the poorly-covered area, and plug it in.
If you want the WAP to take in the router/WAP traffic and rebroadcast them, then you would need DD-WRT and will have to create virtual interfaces.

3 floor (1 floor=bsmt) semi smart home/town house. Wifi is in laundry room, with coax splitters, etc.

Goal = most stable and available wifi in house, I have with the 2 routers, 6 antenna's, so I figure... somehow I should be able to "try" to config it. Force it to virtually mass produce the wifi, so I can have 4-5 bar's on 2nd floor, where 3 = max due to physical house design. Good for generally everything, but on wifi N, I stream sometimes HD media to ps3, and apple tv. Or use "Air Video" App on ipad, and with apple tv, stream that to tv as well.

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Well with 3 floors, put it on the middle floor and use one.
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Well with 3 floors, put it on the middle floor and use one.

Not physically possible due to location of network ports in basement, and location (limited location) of cable modem. It's the laundry room or no room... frown.gif Even though it's a no brainer, center = better, i'm stuck with what I have, and i'm looking to improve it outright.

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No way to run any cables from the basement to higher points in the house?
    
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Or move the modem to where the TV is?
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No way to run any cables from the basement to higher points in the house?
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Or move the modem to where the TV is?

To both points, i'll fill in.

I'm living with my wonderful wife, (no more icing, lol), we're in the bsmt portion of the townhouse. We're living with her sister and bf (they're top lvl) and their 2 kids, 2 dogs, a fish, and 2 rodent like pets that resemble mini porcupines that I forgot the name for...

Basically the "digital tv" is already carefully pre wired from laundry room, to bathroom, to bedroom corner that we have... The other rooms locations for coax, are a tad to easily exposed... for kid access. 2 kids = ages 3 (almost 4) and recently 2 for the other. Both VERY fast movers....

Running the cables to higher points... I personally have NO problem doing so... but the wife is a tad bit of a mini clean freak, more of a "it's cleaner, it's more peaceful" person... For her and I to coexist, i've learned a bit more tidyness, and non bachelor padness... means great possibilities... wink wink... It's the tradeoff... Otherwise i'd be the wireman tim the tool man taylor... lol... (Already am with my inventiveness, build my own laptop cooler that laptops so far MAX 40 celcius when rendering hd video's)...

Hence why i'm trying to do this, lol...

To Both of you, Trueg50 & furball zen, you both have valid points, in my reality they are fantastic... however, presently it's not perfecto.... :/

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Yea, then the only way is to use your other router as a 'separate' WAP like weve outlined above. Ive done this before, but using a wired and wireless router, works the same way by turning off the DHCP on the second router.
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