Build Wireless Repeater from  Belkin router (model F7D2301 v1)

Posted on 2012-09-21
Last Modified: 2012-09-23
I have Extra Belkin router (model F7D2301 v1) which I want to use as a repeater. The plan is there is distant place where we have faded interent. I want to put this router there and make it repeat the original internet wireless signal. Where I want to put this repeater the LAN wire will not reach.

Please advise if it is even possible?
Question by:pinaldave
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    Well, that router doesn't appear to have a Repeater mode,  and it's not in the Supported list for DD-WRT firmware.

    > The plan is there is distant place where we have faded
    > interent.  I want to put this router there and make it
    > repeat the original internet wireless signal.
    The problem with that scenario is, if the signal isn't strong enough at the distant location for clients to connect and use, it won't be strong enough for a repeater to receive and then rebroadcast, either.

    So you would need to locate the repeater about halfway to that distant place.
    Can you run a LAN cable halfway there?  If so, then you could convert that router to an AP and be able to use it (plus not lose half the bandwidth in repeater mode).
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    Thanks for answer.

    I can move router to half the way but there is no way I can run the cable that far.

    Is there any way use the same router as a repeater?
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    I would not count on it ever being supported by DD-WRT. First they need to know details about the insides... so you would need to disassemble it and submit those details. Then they usually require a sample of the router if its hardware is not the same as other models.

    It would be easier to sell that one on ebay and buy one there that IS supported by DD-WRT (or one that has a repeater mode built in).

    Or, if there are power outlets about halfway to the distant place, which are fed from the same panel as the power outlets near your 'original wireless router' you could connect the Belkin with Powerline adapters instead of running LAN cable *all* the way (LAN cable would still connect from the 'original wireless router' and the Belkin to the Powerline adapters)... e.g.
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