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Windows 7: Wireless router as recever?

25 Jun 2012   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Wireless router as recever?

My Comcast router is wireless and I would like to use my old Netgear router to receiver the signal so that I can use two computers in my basement that do not have wireless cards. Can the router be setup to receive the signal and distribute it even though it was designed to do the opposite?

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25 Jun 2012   #2

Windows 7 x64 (SP1)
 
 

No. You cannot.
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25 Jun 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by badspell68 View Post
My Comcast router is wireless and I would like to use my old Netgear router to receiver the signal so that I can use two computers in my basement that do not have wireless cards. Can the router be setup to receive the signal and distribute it even though it was designed to do the opposite?
I guess belkin can but netgear cant.. Netgear is clearly better but lacks that.
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25 Jun 2012   #4

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

This is very much possible. Third party firmware like tomato and DD-WRT can accomplish this. Go to www.dd-wrt.com to determine if your router is compatible. What you want to do is called a wireless bridge
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25 Jun 2012   #5

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Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

My D-Link DAP-1522 wireless access point has a bridge mode that would work for this.
http://www.dlink.com/products/?pid=663

In bridge mode it receives a wireless signal from the router then you can plug wired devices into the bridge using Ethernet cable. A wireless bridge is only going to work well if it has a strong signal.
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26 Jun 2012   #6

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

The bridge has to be setup on the source which in this case is a Comcast modem so I don't think you can do what you want. You could do it with two routers perhaps, but a better solution might be to use a Powerline Adapter to send the signal from the Comcast modem through your house wiring to a router in the basement.
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01 Jul 2012   #7

Windows 7
 
 

Would it work if I used two routers and setup one off the Comcast router?
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01 Jul 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

If your Netgear can't do it out of the box (a model number would help us) and it can't be flashed to do it, and you're willing to shell out cash for another one, why not purchase the product mentioned by chev65 (or similar)?

It may be helpful if you posted your Comcast model number too.
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02 Jul 2012   #9

Windows 7
 
 

Checked and my Netgear won't do it and purchasing a linksys that will do it now. Will the Comcast router need to be setup to enable me to use the new router as a bridge and could it possible prevent me from doing this if it is not able to be setup for a bridge?
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02 Jul 2012   #10

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

Most people use DD-WRT to change the code in the router to support bridging. I did this with an old Linksys router and it worked well for several years until the router died. I'm looking at doing the same to a Cisco/Linksys E2300 Wireless b/g/n router as there is now a DD-WRT load for it available.

Also, my previous post was wrong. The bridge is setup on the 2nd router, not the primary modem/router.
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