Question regarding wireless ethernet bridging

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by bondj303, Nov 3, 2010.

  1. bondj303

    bondj303 Networkin' Nut Member

    I am a novice at this, so please pardon my ignorance.
    Currently, I am using a Level One Wireless N router (Model: WBR-6001, H/W Ver: 1.0) with Comcast Cable ethernet (D-Link Cable modem; model: DCM-202). I am having signal and connectivity issues in one corner on the second floor of my house. I am little surprised as my house is not that large and I thought that since Wirless N router has more range than Wireless B routers, I should be ok. But I do infact have week signal in that one area of my house, where unfortunately one of my desktops is located and I don't have any way of moving the router up here or having a wired connection here).
    I have a linksys router (model: BEFW11S4, s/n: C2760D523401) lying around. I don't know the version no. as it has not been used for some time now. But I was wondering if I can use this to increase signal on the second floor of my house by introducing it as a wireless ethernet bridge.
    It may be that my linksys router may be too old and if it not possible to make it act as a Wireless Ethernet Bridge, can I switch routers (connect the linksys to the cable modem & try to use the Level 1 router as a wireless ethernet bridge?
    If not, which router should I buy which would work for my setup (I am presuming buying a router would be less expensive than buying an access point).

    Thank you.
  2. Disman_ca

    Disman_ca Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    I'm not that familiar with the EFW11S4 but I don't think it would have bridging as a feature. As to what kind of router anything that would be supported by your firmware of choice. Tomato and dd-wrt are very popular firmwares and support a variety of hardware models.
  3. bondj303

    bondj303 Networkin' Nut Member

    Sorry, was out f the country and and am just getting caught with my emails, etc. Thanks for the response. I also found somewhere else that my old Linksys Router (BEFW11S4) will not be able to act as a wireless ethernet bridge. However, can you help to confirm (or refute) that if I switch the routers (i.e. connect the Linksys router to my cable modem & make that my primary router), will I be able to use the Level One router (WBR-6001) as the wireless ethernet bridge?
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