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Anyone know how to set Belkin F5D7230 router as a repeater?

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I have a Linksys WRT54GS as the main router, does anyone know how to configure the Linksys as the main router and the Belkin router as a repeater?

The Linksys WRT54GS is ver. 5 with the lastest firmware.

Thanks,
post #2 of 4
I'm confused. Do you have an F5D7230 Belkin router or a WRT54G Linksys router?

Almost all consumer electronics routers cannot be setup as repeaters. The Linksys model you mentioned (with the right firmware version on the sticker) can load WWRT custom firmware. This will replace the limited Linksys firmware in the unit. Once loaded this software can be used to configure the router to log into another router and repeat the signal.

Repeaters add delay. I highly recommend looking into a better antenna first. There are many custom antennas that can be built that will increase your router's output signal strength by anywhere from 6dB to 15dB! First figure out if you want an omnidirectional or directional antenna. Then go to Google and find some directions detailing the construction.
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I have both the Belkin and the Linksys. I have the Linksys connected to the cable modem and is hoping to configure the Belkin into a repeater. I got an antenna but the signal is still a bit weak across the street (we're trying to do a 8 way split for internet service ). But since the Linksys have two antenna, I can have an omni and a directional on pointed across the street.

Didn't know you can build your own antenna, will check it out if necessary.
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Use the Linksys as your repeater as you can't setup the Belkin as one.

Another possibility is increasing the signal strength of the Linksys. With the WWRT firmware loaded there is an unlocked option to actually increase your signal strength to the antennas. I increased my signal range on mine by doing this. It still amuses me that the router is locked from the manufacturer to not perform to the best of its abilities.
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