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Connecting Belkin Wireless Router to Netgear Wireless Router

I'm looking to connect two wireless routers together, wirelessly. Basically we have our modem connected to the main router, the Netgear, and I have a room upstairs I where I want to hookup my other wireless router, the Belkin. I don't have the ability to connect them via a LAN cable. I could use wireless just on my computers, but I have a desktop I want to wire to my second router upstairs and don't want to have to buy an additional card to connect the desktop to the Netgear downstairs. So basically I want to use my belkin as a wireless hub, i really don't care where the security is, as long as one of them can keep my wireless connection secure.

Netgear Model: Netgear Advanced Cable Modem Gateway CGD24G (is my main Router)
Belkin Model: Belkin N1 Wireless Router (N1 Mimo) F5D8231-4 (this will be 'hopefully' the secondary)

I'm a programmer not a network engineer, lol this is driving me nuts! Hopefully its possible, I mean they're both recent models so I'm hoping they have the capability to do what I want.
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Rick_O_ShayCommented:
You will have to set up to use repeater mode to get htis to work if it is supported by both models.
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Rick_O_ShayCommented:
I don't think you can do this with these two models because one is 802.11G and one is 802.11N.
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trailblazzyr55Author Commented:
I don't see a repeater mode on either, what other options would be available to get I guess a "wireless hub" setup so that I don't have to run cables throughout the house? I guess if I'm going to have to get an additional piece of hardware, I'd like something that would provide a few ports rather than buying a wireless network card for each device in the future. Is there such a thing as a wireless hub that can feed off my current router? If I could I'd just get a router with a repeater mode, but the main router is one provided by my ISP and takes a cable hookup straight off the modem. So I can't just simply swap it out for something more robust unfortunately.
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trailblazzyr55Author Commented:
Just looking on the net here, it appears wireless hubs are available, however you can only have one computer from that hub on the internet at any given time. That would stink, any other options available to have more than one computer on the internet from some sort of wireless device?
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Rick_O_ShayCommented:
On the Belkin they call it WDS. Netgear calls it Repeater mode.

There are any number of little wireless router/swich combintaions out there like the Netgear WGR614 that have copper ports and wireless. You could hang one on an ethernet port off the current router to extend that reach. If you are looking to wirelessly link them make sure they support repeater mode one way or another.
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trailblazzyr55Author Commented:
If I got another netgear router that supported a repeater mode and then connected that directly to the main netgear router, would my belkin then be able to feed off the new router or would the belkin also have to have WDS in order to link up. I guess the question is if I'm to connect two wireless routers, do both have to have either WDS or a repeater mode depending on the brand to be able to link up, or is it only the host router that requires it and the client router can be anything?
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Rick_O_ShayCommented:
You might be able to run Belkin WDS to Netgear repeater mode as long as all the settings match up. I don't know for sure how they all work on interoperability.
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trailblazzyr55Author Commented:
Alrighty so I found something that solved my problem. I wound up getting a netgear powerlink switching device. Basically rather than trying to have the two routers communicate through wireless, since neither had either WDS or a repeater mode, I am running it through the electrical outlets. The powerline switching device basically allows me to connect the two routers, or router to computer, etc... through plug outlets in any room of the house. I didn't even know they existed originally! It works awesome! The device actually consists of two pieces that looks like one of those plug outlet expansions with 4 outlets, but with cat5 ports. I run a cat5 from my router connected to the modem to one of the outlets, then in the other room there's an identical extender where I run a cat5 from that to my other routers uplink. Now I have 4 ports from my secondary router I can use, lol... two wireless networks, and 3 spare ports out of the jack in the in outlet.

I appreciate your time and advice!
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trailblazzyr55Author Commented:
While the exact answer wasn't provided, it basically got me to quit messing with the two routers and lead me to another solution. I always appreciate anyone willing to take a few minutes and provide some responses and even though the responses may not always be the answer you're looking for, it still helps lead you to a solution.

Thanks!
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