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Windows 7: How do I convert a spare wireless router to a wireless access point

23 Jan 2012   #1
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 
How do I convert a spare wireless router to a wireless access point

In a few days time I will be changing my ISP in the UK from Sky to BT.

BT are providing me with their newest wireless router free of charge as part of the deal and I'll be using that to set up my wireless network, which will consist of an HP Pavilion desktop, a Toshiba laptop, a Sony Vaio laptop, an HP wireless printer and a Samsung HDTV.

This means my Sky wireless router is surplus to requirements, so I was wondering if I could convert it to a wireless access point to improve the range of my BT wireless network.

If so, how do I go about it?

I've read a couple of supposedly easy-to-understand articles on Google and have to say they left me more confused than ever.

Is there a straightforward way of doing this?


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23 Jan 2012   #2
2xg
Microsoft MVP

Win7 & Win8 64bit
 
 

Hello,

See if you can follow my own Tutorial on adding an additional router to your existing one.

Please let us know how that works.
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23 Jan 2012   #3
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Thanks for that, 2xg.

My new equipment arrives on Friday (27th) so I'll spend some time over the weekend setting things up.

I've bookmarked your tutorial and I'll post back later to let you know how it goes.
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23 Jan 2012   #4
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

..or Multi Router Network - Configure

some isp's (eg BT) cripple their routers so it won't work with other providers or as an access point. i hope for your sake that sky don't have a similar policy.

for reasons i won't go into, i have two bt homehubs and three bt business hubs - i can't use any of these as an access point. luckily i found an old netgear router in the local recycling centre for 5, and it works fine as a range extender.
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23 Jan 2012   #5
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

I think you may be right about the Sky router as I believe the user name and password they use to update their firmware is hard wired into the router settings. I believe there is a way round to access this information and Sky threaten to disconnect anyone who uses it, but as I'm leaving Sky I have no worries on that score.

However, I do have a perfectly good Netgear router I can use.

Thanks for the link, I'll have a look at it.
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23 Jan 2012   #6
Nightreaper

Win 7 64bit Desktop/Win 7 32bit Laptop
 
 

Hi seavixen32,

You may find some interesting reading material here: ::. Kitz - Sky Connection and Broadband Box .:: and here: Comfortably Numb 2.0 Post Topic Sky Broadband how to find your ADSL password

If you did a search on Ebay for sky routers you will find loads that have been fixed .

Regarding using it as repeater/bridge/access point I'm afraid can only suggest google .



Hope this helps .

Nightreaper.
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23 Jan 2012   #7
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Thanks a lot Nightreaper, that's a big help.
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