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Will dir-655 router work as bridge/repeater?

leiff 741 46 April 2, 2012 at 06:46 PM More Amazon Deals
Googling was getting me uncertain results, hopefully someone can help. I have a Dir-655 router I'm not using. I was wondering if I could use it to receive wifi from the main house my inlaw unit is attached to and then be able to use dir-655 ethernet outs to hookup my tivo and WDTV media player to. I'm not sure what this function is called. Bridge? I won't need to re transmit the wifi signal out of Dir-655 since I get wifi signal fine from house.The attached house owners are letting me use there wifi but I need a hardwired ethernet connection in my inlaw unit I'm renting and it's too far to wire ethernet. If dir-655 won't work like this I'm lead to believe this for $50 will? http://www.amazon.com/ZyXEL-WAP32...6432779-20
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Personally I wouldn't trust anything that doesn't have ddwrt or tomato on it to "work" as a bridge. You can test it out for yourself. All you have to do is connect to an existing WiFi network from the router config page and then plug your devices into the switch side of the router.

I took a look at the Dlink product page and I'm not seeing any options for bridging so you may be out of luck.

The Zyxel device appears to have a client mode so it "should" work. That being said there are cheaper ways to do the same thing, i.e., cheaper devices.
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I didnt see anything on a quick pass through my settings. Hardware A2 Firmware 1.21. Maybe see if it was enabled on a different firmware or like said before there are plenty of cheap routers that can do the same when flashed with third party software.
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please advise a cheaper sollution than the $50 amazon one above. I don't want complicated setup and it needs to have 0 upkeep maintenance involved. Also I won't have physical access to the main house router.
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Sounds like you're sharing with a neighbor. That's very nice of them! Wink
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please advise a cheaper sollution than the $50 amazon one above. I don't want complicated setup and it needs to have 0 upkeep maintenance involved. Also I won't have physical access to the main house router.
Never mind then. All the cheaper routers only become excellent once you install Tomato or DDWRT.
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we used to do something along those lines here...

distant wireless router (internet source) -> our wap54g a/p -> our wrt54g router -> our network devices.

worked like a charm for 2 years before they moved and we had to break down and get the dsl for ourselves EEK!

as far as your dir655.. it's a *great* router but dlink sucks. see this thread http://forums.dlink.com/index.php?topic=4542.0
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