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Hi,

I'm not sure if this is in the right category, but oh well.

I recently found an old router its an F5D7230-4 it doesn't support DD-WRT because it is a 7002uk version, is there any other way of getting it to work as a access point, so I can eliminate poor connection in areas.

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Unless you know how to program firmwares or create software for it then no. I can use my PCI-E wireless card as an AP with the provided software, if the router doesn't support DD-WRT or Tomato or whatever there's nothing you can really do about it. My DIR-655 is not supported by any of those modifications so I just live without them. It's probably just easier to buy an AP or a router that supports DD-WRT.
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Some stock firmwares allow bridging so I'd check if the old router has that option. Better than to let it to waste.
If not, then try this with the old router:
Disable WAN
Set IP outside your LAN's DHCP range (if new router's DHCP is 192.168.0.100-254, set old router as, say, 192.168.0.99)
Set gateway/DNS as new router (192.168.0.1 or whatever)
Disable DHCP to let new router assign IP addresses
Switch routing mode from gateway to router
Disable firewall
Change wifi SSID and channel to something different from those of new router's
Test with ethernet plugged to LAN port

Some of the options may not be available, but work with what is there.
Edited by EekTheCat - 12/16/13 at 12:37am
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post #4 of 4
^ That should sort you out, ish. Use the same SSID but a different wifi channel.

You don't need custom firmware to have the unit function as an AP and or switch. Avoiding the WAN interface will keep you in the same broadcast domain, and using the same SSID but on a different channel will allow you to seamlessly roam while the APs wont interfere with each other.
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