How to Use a Router as a Repeater

Use Router as a Repeater

When do you need a repeater? Normally a repeater is used when you need to maintain a signal (of a computer located over three hundred feet) strong enough to enable network communications. For this purpose, people buy repeater but you don’t need it if you have an extra router. The extra router can be used as a repeater. In simple words, the router can be used for the same purpose for which we use a repeater.

How to Do It

To use your router as a repeater, follow these simple steps

  • You need an Ethernet cord to connect your computer to the router. It will be done by simply plugging it into the WAN port.
  • Launch your browser and type the IP address in the address bar of the browser. You can look into your router manual for the IP address.
  • You will be seeing username and password fields on the page. Generally, “admin” is the default username and password. You can also consult your manual for the default username and password. If correct username and password are entered, initial status page, containing links to the various administration settings, will be displayed on the computer screen.
  • You need to locate the page that allows you to change the IP address of the router. This IP address should be different from IP address of the main router on the network. Make sure that the IP address of the router (you are using as a repeater) is higher than the IP address of the main router. For instance, 192.468.1.1 is the IP address of the main router so you can set the IP address of repeater as 192.168.1.2 or 192.168.1.3.
  • DHCP server of the router is to disabled and it can be done on the same page as the IP address. Normally the router assigns an IP address to all the devices connected to it. Now you are using the router as a repeater, so the IP addresses will be handled by the main router on the network.
  • Make sure that DNS server is turned off. The main router or the ISP will take over this function.
  • Make sure that firewall is disabled. For this purpose, you can also go to the security section.
  • You need to remove any entries located in the “port forwarding” section. You don’t need to be surprised if it is referred to as “Application and Gaming” on your router.
  • The operating mode switch is to be set to “Gateway” or “Switch.” You need to disable the wireless access if the router is a wireless router.
  • Now the time has come to save the settings (on each page) and reboot the router. Now your router will act as a repeater. You just have to move it to its new location and connect all the cables and power it up.

Important Tip

  • There is a reset button on the router you need to press in order to set the router to default settings. It is normally done when you don’t know the password.
  • There are numerous router manufacturers so make sure you have the manual in order to locate the specific settings.

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