Can I turn a Draytek 2600VG into a wireless access point without cabling between routers?
Posted on 2008-10-21
I have two routers, one is a Netgear Rangemax DG834N wireless N, the other is an old Draytek Vigor 2600VG.
The Netgear is plugged in and working fine in the house, and inside the house the signal is great. However, I have an office in a converted building in the garden which is around 35 feet from the edge of the house.
The office has two storeys, the main area downstairs and a loft space upstairs. In the loft, I can get a good signal on my mac G4 with an airport usb stick and also my 12 month old notebook with either the built in adaptor or a WG111T N usb adaptor to obtain best speed, but there is no room to work properly.
Downstairs the signal is very weak and has frequent dropouts. The airport connection is unusable and the notebook and desktop (didn't mention that) are weak and intermittent even if I use the usb N adaptor with a massive usb extension to take it as close to the wall near the house as possible.
What I would like to know is if there is a way I can plug in my Vigor 2600VG in the office either upstairs in the loft or downstairs and allow it to attach wirelessly to the Netgear and become a wireless access point for the office, which would greatly increase the reliability and speed of the office network.
I have got a pair of more powerful 5/7dBi ears (cant remember which) for the Draytek to boost its range.
The office does not have its own physical telphone connection nor is cabled for such. It just has power.
Strangely, I have a tesco internet wireless phone hub hanging off the router and have a wirelsss phone in the office which gets a decent signal, so the possibility is there if the hardware will do it.
I am happy to initially connect the routers via network cable to initiate the link and then separate them.
Any help appreciated