Recently, I discovered I had some weak wireless signal in certain areas of my home. My first instinct was check out BestBuy or some other online shop for a Wireless Repeater only to find that I’d be spending a minimum of $90 to get the device. Yuck. Double yuck. I wanted a cheaper solution. Yeah, I might have found something cheaper on eBay, but I was also impatient and didn’t want to wait.
I had this Linksys wireless router kicking around and wondered if someone knew how to turn it into a Wireless Repeater. Afterall, isn’t the technology used to be a wireless router or repeater basically the same? After a quick Google search, I found out there was a solution. Using the dd-wrt linux based firmware. I was familiar with this already as I had used it before on another router to upgrade it after I had read this article on turning your $60 router into a $600 router. So I decided to give it a shot.
Pretty much all of the instructions I needed I found here. Basically you have to:
- Disable the firewall
- Choose the network you want to repeat
- Create a virtual network to connect to
All said and done it took me about 20 minutes to set it all up, mostly because I didn’t want to brick my router, even if it only cost $50 and I wasn’t using it anymore. I’m not a fan of breaking stuff. Anyway, now I have great signal strength no matter where I am in my house, which is key. If you’re having a similar problem, I highly recommend trying this out, especially if you have the hardware lying around unused.
Hello, just doing some research for my Linksys site. Amazing the amount of information on the web. Not what I was looking for, but interesting page. Have a great day.
I have a WRT54G that I want to turn into a repeater…are there a set of easy instructions somewhere for flashing the dd-wrt firmware?
Hi Michael, I’d just check the dd-wrt web site. I believe that’s where I found the information I needed. Hope that helps.
good to know that it works. One question I wonder about (before trying to dd-wrt my old WRT54G and obviously being not very knowledgeable in networking) is whether I can still use the ethernet ports for wired connections once the router runs in repeater mode?
Do you have any knowledge/experience about that?
I didn’t try to use the wired ports after I switched it over. My guess is you probably could use them. Won’t break anything to try though.