Configure Belkin Router As Repeater
Steps to configure Belkin router as repeater
Usually, repeaters are used to extend the range of a wireless network. An old router can be turned into a repeater by enabling the bridge mode or the WDS option. Some routers have the wireless repeater option in them. In the case of Belkin routers, even the Wireless Bridging option is supported by a very few models. So, in order to configure the Belkin router as a repeater and expand the network, the Access Point option can be made use. However, while setting up a Belkin router in Access Point mode, it should be connected to the main router via a wired connection.
Carry out the steps given below to configure a Belkin router as an Access Point.
Step 1: Configure the Wireless Settings
Before setting up the Belkin router in the Access Point mode, configure its wireless settings using the steps given below.
- First, make a note of the wireless settings of your main router, such as SSID, password, etc.
- Turn on your Belkin wireless router and connect it to your computer using an Ethernet cable.
- Access the router’s web interface by typing its IP address in the address bar of a web browser.
- Click the login button and then enter the password of your router. By default, the password for the Belkin router is empty. If you have changed it, then enter the password and click the submit button.
- Now, click the Channel and SSID option in the Wireless section in the left pane. Set the SSID and other wireless settings for both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, same as that of the main router.
- Now, click the Apply Changes button.
- Click the Security option in the Wireless section and enter the wireless password of the main router in the Pre-shared Key field. This will allow wireless devices to connect to the Belkin router with the main router’s password.
- Click the Apply Changes button.
Step 2: Enable Access Point
Perform the instructions given below to enable the Access Point mode in the Belkin router.
- Log in to the Belkin router’s web interface, as said in the previous step.
- Now, click the Use as Access Point option under the Wireless section.
- In the right window, click the Enable option and then enter a static IP address for the Belkin router within the address range of the main router. Make sure the static IP you enter is not used by any other device on the network.
- Enter the Subnetmask as in the main router.
- Click the Apply Change button.
- Enabling the Access Point option would itself disable the router functionalities of the Belkin router.
- Now, connect your Belkin router to the main router using an Ethernet cable. Make sure to connect the LAN port of both the routers and not the Internet port. Now you successfully configure Belkin router as repeater.