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Can I use a wireless router as a signal booster?

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I'm not sure what the technical term for this is, as I am pretty ignorant when it comes to routers. However this is what I aim to achieve:

--> Wireless router (1) plugged in downstairs, hard-wired via ethernet to the internet.

--> Wireless router (1) sends a signal to the downstairs laptop, and wireless router (2) on the stairs.

--> Wireless router (2) sends signal to the two upstairs PC's

My situation is that come Monday, I will need to have my router permanently hooked up in the living room downstairs, this isn't optional. The router however isn't strong enough to send the wireless signal all the way upstairs to my PC and I don't want to use a 30ft ethernet cable. So I was wondering if I could use my spare wireless router as a signal booster by hooking it up on the stairs, which is half way between the original router and my PC, in order to boost the signal and make it strong enough to allow for internet access upstairs. Is this possible? If so how do I achieve such a thing?

If I cannot achieve this with a router, I know there is some form of hardware because my old school (going back over 8 years here since I was at school), they have something called wireless gateways (?) made by Linksys that acted as signal boosters. Would I just need to purchase one of those? However I presume a wireless router could achieve the same goal.

Any and all information would be great, I can supply router specs if necessary.
Edited by IcedEarth - 3/20/12 at 1:41pm
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this is basically what you want to do right?
http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/images/9/9b/Repeater_Bridge.jpg

if your spare router have a repeater mode, you can do it.
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That is exactly what I want to do, except on that picture it shows the 'primary' wireless hardware to be separate from the modem. My primary will be built into the first modem so there will be no need for that one. smile.gif

This is my spare router, a Belkin Surf N150, I'm not sure if it has repeater mode though.

EDIT:

I logged into the router and it has a 'Wireless Access Point' feature. Is this the feature you're referring to?
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no, WAP is not the same thing.

after quick search through Belkin's support looks like your router does not have the repeater bridge feature.

Supported Products - F5D7230 V9, V8, V6. F5D7234 V1
http://en-us-support.belkin.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/37/kw/wds

your model F7D1301
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