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Is it possible to use a router as a range extender without connecting any wires to the main router?

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Is it possible to use a router as a range extender without connecting any wires to the main router? I have a Linksys e2500 as my main router and looking for a way to get the signal to the second floor.
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Depending on the router's software, it might be possible to configure it as a bridge. As a bridge, it will receive signal from your router downstairs. Then you connect computers to the bridge with ethernet cable.
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Is it possible to use a router as a range extender without connecting any wires to the main router? I have a Linksys e2500 as my main router and looking for a way to get the signal to the second floor.

Yes some wireless routers can be configured to act as wireless bridges. You need to be aware though that typically the way it works is the extender joins the wireless network and additional devices are connected via the LAN ports on the device you're using to extend the network. If your firmware doesn't support bridge mode (D-Link for instance removed that from a lot of their newer router firmwares) you should look into installing dd-wrt on the router
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Can someone recommend a cheap wireless bridge? Or better, a wireless router that can act as a wireless bridge?
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Wait...What are you looking to do? Are you looking to extend your wireless coverage area? Or are you looking to connect wired devices to your wireless network? Or both?

EDIT: For simplicities sake any router that you can load DD-WRT or Tomato on will do all three of the above with no problems. If you don't want to do that then it depends on what exactly you want to do.
Edited by Kylepdalton - 7/3/13 at 12:57am
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I am looking to connect wired devices (TV and BluRay) to my wireless network. That's why I was wondering if there is a router that can be used as a wireless bridge (my main router is on the first floor and it would be a hassle to run a wire to my TV and BluRay)
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I am looking to connect wired devices (TV and BluRay) to my wireless network. That's why I was wondering if there is a router that can be used as a wireless bridge (my main router is on the first floor and it would be a hassle to run a wire to my TV and BluRay)

Any router that supports ddwrt can be used as a wirelss repeater or wireless bridge you might check ebay for a older wireless n or wireless g with ddwrt or one that supports it.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Linksys-WRT160N-V3-FLASHED-WITH-DD-WRT-300-Mbps-4-Port-10-100-Wireless-N-Router-/230998575054?pt=COMP_EN_Routers&hash=item35c89687ce
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Linksys-WRT320N-DD-WRT-Firmware-Upgraded-4-Port-Gigabit-Wireless-N-Router-/151073885201?pt=COMP_EN_Routers&hash=item232cb48c11
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