Can a router on one computer be used to connect to another router's Internet Connection?

Posted on 2006-05-08
Last Modified: 2013-11-29
I have a 3 room wireless network.

Room 1: Wireless B-Router (Desktop)
Room 2: Wireless G USB Adapter (Desktop)
Room 3: Built-in Wireless G Adapter (Laptop)

Room X: I have a Wireless-G Router in between all of them, it is connected to the internet (via my Cable Modem) but both of these devices are simply connected to them selves, the power outlet and the coaxial TV cable.

Room 1: ?????? Doesn't work yet (via Wireless-B Router
Room 2: Has internet access and home Wireless LAN access via the Wireless-G Routerin Room X (via USB wireless-G adapter)
Room 3: Has internet access and home Wireless LAN access via the Wireless-G Routerin Room X (via built-in wireless-G adapter)

Can I use a wireless-B router in Room 1 to connect to the Wireless-G router and use it's internet connection.  
To rephrase it, can the wireless-B router be used to connect to the wireless network, just like the USB Wireless-G adapter does?  I know that the wireless-B router will bottle neck at 11Mbps vs the wireless-G 54Mbps bandwidth.  But that's okay, I would rather use that then spend more money on another adapter.
Question by:davidgareau
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    Assisted Solution

    you would need to connect the 2 routers together with a ethernet cable, and turn off DHCP in one of the routers.
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    to make things clearer:  you can not use a wireless router as a wireless adapter.

    Author Comment

    Yeah, I can't connect them with a wire, because of the building structure.
    So, is the wireless-B router pretty much useless?

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    there may be some strange config that you can do with the router... but from my knowledge, it's not possible without an incoming signal from an ethernet cable.
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    Assisted Solution

    Some routers allow wireless bridging, which would solve you problem, but they are specific models ( belkin f5d7230) for example, but unless your routers allow this function then you will need either new hardware or an ethernet cable.

    wireless bridging also tend to be a proprietry service so you need compatible hardware on both ends of the bridge. for example 2 x Belkin f5d7130 Wireless Bridge will work but belkin device and a netgear device will not bridge together.

    Author Comment

    Thanks for the input, I just bought 3 new USB adapters, and have the Wireless-B Router set aside for now, see if I find a use for it somewhere else.

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