I don't have a huge apartment, but its configuration or layout makes it hard for my stepson to have wireless access. I have read a few articles on the net where people use a wireless router as a WAP because a WAP device is usually more expensive than a wireless router. I just wonder if anyone here can explaining the process in such a way that anyone reading this thread can understand it. Thanks.
go Start then Run in XP - (Windows key plus R in Vista and Windows 7), then type in the following, including all the spaces:- cmd /k ipconfig /all -- then press Enter and from the black form that shows up, take a note of the numeric code beside the word "gateway" -- usually something like 192.168.0.1. Type exit to close the black form.
log into the router you want to convert
setup the wireless security
disable the DHCP and change the LAN IP to the Gateway's IP but make the last number 253
connect one of the four LAN ports of the converted router to the main router
Do I have to connect the converted router to the main router via Ethernet? I thought that after converting the router to WAP, I could just place it near a room with a dead or weak signal, and I did not have to run an Ethernet cable all the way to the converted router. Am I misunderstanding you? Anyhow, thanks for your post and any other clarification post you may add.
So I guess what I need is what you call a "repeater" which connects wirelessly to the main wireless router, and retransmits the signal. Also when you say, " and provides LAN ports", do you mean that I can use, say another PC to connect via Ethernet wire to the repeater in anyone of its free LAN Ethernet ports?
I don't have yet the second router to use, but I thought any router should work without the need to support a specific firmware as you mentioned "DD-WRT". Again, thanks for the clarification, for I did not know the difference between a WAP and a REPEATER. Btw, I am running Windows 7 Professional 64-bit version just in case this may help me with my network. The other 2 people using my LAN, one uses Windows Vista, and the other Windows 7 Home.
One quick question, is the term "repeater" the same as "extender"? Couldn't it be easier just to buy a "repeater" without having to monkey around with either "tomato" or "dd-wrt" firmwares? Sorry to ask so many questions, but these things are new to me, and I am learning as I go.
I like the Netgear "extender" even though it is a single band device. Also I like it because I can buy that one at amazon with free shipping. I think I will save a few $$$ and then I will get the one I marked above. Thanks for making this clear to me.