2 in 1 Modem/Router Connected To Wireless Router Help?!

The Proper Bloke

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This is by far a very confusing question, as the title probably suggests, but I'm eager to find out if this would be possible.

So I have a 2 in 1 modem/router (cable). I'm too far away from it to use an Ethernet cable (also wouldn't want cables running along my house). So to compensate this, as most people do, I use a wireless network adapter, preferably a usb-to-computer adapter. However, over the years this old wireless adapter is finally starting to give out. So to possibly save me the money, and probably improve my performance. I broke out my previous wireless router to try another/different alternative. An alternative that I personally wouldn't know where to begin. (continued)

Basically, I want to connect my main modem/router to my wireless router (obviously through a wifi/wireless connection). Then use an Ethernet cable coming from my wireless router to my computer. To me, doing this sounds quite simple and I'm sure it's not the first time someone has asked (I most likely missed a guide out there), but I just don't know where to begin with this alternative.

Would anybody know any exact guides they could link me, that would be able to assist me?
Perhaps maybe some of you can give me a step-by-step guide if there isn't any relevant guides out there?


Thanks,


-Christian
 

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Unfortunately you cannot do that.

What you might be able to do is some wireless routers will allow you to configure them as a repeater, to basically pick up and boost/repeat the wireless signal, but I've never seen one that allows you to plug ethernet in to get data. You would still need a wireless adapter for your PC.
 

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You can do this with some routers. It is called bridging and some routers have a client bridge function built in. Asus comes to mind. There is some equipment marketed as a bridge, but it is just a different way of selling the same thing and is no cheaper. Ask at your local computer store.

There are some advantages to a bridge over a stand alone usb adapter, such as better antennas. not relying on the computer to work and being able to serve more than one machine. Also the placement is flexible to the length of the Ethernet patch cable and he availability of electric power.
 

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^ +1 on bridging being the way to do it, however you would not be able to use your current modem/router combo to do it. Generally you need 2 of the same or similar router device to be able to pull this off.
 

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I've done it with various mismatched equipment. D-Link to D-Link, Asus to D-Link, D-link to Engenius, Asus to Engenius, etc.

You can use practically any WiFi router or access point and something that can be set up as a client bridge. The bridge doesn't really care who is providing the signal.