Using a second Belkin wireless router as a repeater also called bridging expands the boundaries of your office's wireless network. Bridging basically involves enabling the bridging feature and programming additional routers with the same channel number and Security Set Identifier or SSID as the "main" router.
Computers and other Wi-Fi devices in your office will automatically connect to the bridged access point(s) when in range. Setting up a wireless bridge is a fairly straightforward process.
Step 1: Double-check that all routers involved support wireless bridging. You can determine this by consulting the product documentation or by visiting the appropriate product page on Belkin's website.
Step 2: Connect a computer to the main router using an Ethernet cable. Be sure to plug the cable into one of the ports marked "LAN".
Step 3: Open a Web browser and type the router's IP address in the address bar. Some models use 192.168.2.1 but if this doesn't work consult your product documentation.
Step 4: Click the "login" link enter your password if you have one (the routers do not ship with passwords) and click "Submit".
Step 5: Note the router's MAC address listed under LAN Settings on the Status page. You might want to open Notepad or a word processing program and copy/paste the address into the document. Press "Ctrl-C" to copy and "Ctrl-V" to paste.
The MAC address should also be printed on a sticker on the router itself or on its retail packaging.
Step 6: Click "Channel and SSID" and note both the SSID and the channel number. You may wish to copy and paste this information as well.
Step 7: Click "Wireless Bridge" or "Wireless Bridging" on the left located under "Wireless".
Step 8: Check the "Enable Wireless Bridging" and "Enable ONLY specific Access Points to connect" box. If you don't check this box any router in range can act as a repeater posing a significant security risk.
Step 9: Type the main router's MAC address in the set of boxes next to AP1. Enter the second router's MAC address next to AP2 which you can obtain from the unit itself or its packaging. If you have any additional routers to bridge add their MAC addresses as well.
Step 10: Click "Apply Changes".
Step 11: Repeat Steps 2-10 to configure the second router; however in Step 6 configure the channel and SSID information to match the first router. Be sure to save your changes.
Step 12: Reboot both routers by unplugging their power cables and plugging them back in. Allow the units a minute or two to fully boot.
Step 1: Disconnect the charger from the modem and then connect the modem to the colored socket on the back of the Belkin.
Step 2: Connect a computer to one of the available ports on the rear of the Belkin.
Step 3: Reconnect the charger to the modem and then connect the router to power.
Step 1: Check the product sticker on the router to find the network name and password assigned to the device. Insert the setup disc shipped with the Belkin in the computer's optical disc drive.
Step 2: Right-click the Start button select "Open Windows Explorer" and then double-click the optical drive if the setup program fails to start.
Step 3: Enter the name and password found on the router into the applicable fields. Click "Next" to set up the device and create the wireless hot spot. Click "Exit" to quit.