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Question #92756 posted on 11/17/2019 11:06 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Can most routers be reconfigured to be WiFi endpoints?

We got a new computer and I moved the old computer upstairs to the office room, but there's no Internet cable up there, and I'm not going to string ethernet all the way up there. So the Comcast router down by the One Internet Connection broadcasts WiFi to the house as, say, C1.

Now the old computer now upstairs in the office doesn't have a WiFi card, and I'd rather not buy one if I don't have to, because I happen to have a second wireless router.

Can I reconfigure the second router so that instead of taking the Internet coming in on a wire and broadcasting WiFi, it is an endpoint that connects to the WiFi C1 where pluggers-in to the router can get Internet?

-Luigi

A:

Dear Luigi,

According to my dad, it may be possible if the router has two RF chains (one to be an access point and one to connect back). He suggested googling "turn router into wifi bridge" to get more information. Here and here are some articles that came up when I did that. Unfortunately, I do not understand these things well at all, and it seems like the method you need to use is pretty specific to the router you have, so I can't give you much more help than that. If any readers are more tech-savvy than I am, feel free to leave a correction.

Best,

Josefina

posted on 11/19/2019 9:48 a.m.
" If any readers are more tech-savvy than I am, feel free to leave a correction."

Hello, this is Luigi, the OP. In the meantime, I found another solution that saved me from having to get a WiFi card even though my Belkin router doesn't have bridge mode.

I found that iPhones have WiFi HotSpot. The solution was to turn on WiFi HotSpot on the iPhone while the phone was connected to the C1 Comcast WiFi network, and then when I connected my phone by USB cable to the computer upstairs, which is running the Windows 10 OS, it was able to supply Internet to the computer. It just worked, I didn't have to fiddle with any settings. So it worked like this ( ---[type] = wire, ))) = air)

---[coax]C1 ))) iPhone---[USB]Computer