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How to Extend Your Wifi Network With an Old Router

If you have an area in your home which just outside your router’s range but you like to sit and work there or sometimes you need to use your laptop or mobile device from that point of the house and you are not able to because it you are out of router’s range, then we have a solution for you. With this solution you can use your wifi connection even outside wifi router range.

There are many tricks which can be used to get some extra range with your existing router. If the networking device that you are using is old and you really don’t want to deal with a lot of hassle, then what we recommend is buying a new and a better router which supports the fastest wireless speeds your devices can handle. The mesh system of wifi along with dedicated backhaul connection or even a cheap wifi extender if you just need a bit more range for simpler tasks. However, if you don’t want to spend more for your new setup, then also we have an alternative solution for you. You can use an old router to extend your primary router’s wireless signal. It can save your money and probably it will give you better performance than a simpler wireless extender. There are two ways to do this, so let us discuss in detail how it can be done.

A new Access Point

The easiest thing that you can do with your old wifi router which you have not used for a long time is to convert it into a simple wireless access point. To get it done, start with connecting your old and unused router WAN port to your new router’s LAN port and then connect a device with your old router. Now what you have to do is to pull up all the settings from the old router. Based on the router, it can even be called bridge mode, which is a confusing term as it can be different for different routers.

Basically, what you need to do is disable the router’s DHCP server. And if you don’t do this, then you are committing the networking sin, that is running a router inside a router and that can cause issues for whatever you’re doing on devices connected to your second router. You have to make sure that this step will change your IP address which you use to access your router’s settings via your browser, if you went that route. And if you want to find your old router’s new IP address then pull up the configuration of the new router.

Use your router’s wireless repeater mode

You need to check the settings of your router and determine if it has some kind of wireless repeater or extender or bridge mode. If you want to make sure that you are selecting the correct mode, don’t forget to check your older router’s manual. It should indicate that this mode will allow your older router to connect to another router using its wireless signal.

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