DD-WRT routers are a great option to connect your tablet, smartphone and PC to a VPN connection simultaneously. However, it is important to keep in mid that in order to enjoy a satisfactory connection speed, you need to get a router with a high capacity processor that can handle the task and offer you a good navigation experience in all your internet enabled devices. The high quality routers that can guarantee a better performance with a VPN tend to cost more, but it is an investment worth making if you want to avoid a painfully slow connection. However, this does not mean that if you already have a router and wish to replace it with a more powerful model, the old device will be useless. Thanks to the versatility of DD-WRT, which allows multiple usage options, you can give your old router another purpose by turning it into a wireless repeater.
Using a router as wireless repeater means that the device will be able to capture the Wi-Fi connection from your main router and redirect it, which will extend the coverage of the Wi-Fi signal. This will allow you to enjoy you internet connection in the most remote areas of your house or work place so the Wi-Fi signal will be captured even in the garden or attic. This is one of the most convenient uses that you can give a router that is no longer acting as your main routing device.
Here we show you the steps to set up a DD-WRT router as a repeater.
1. Take note of your the security settings of your primary network. For this, you will need to check the setup page of your main router. Keep in mind that you should not click “Apply Changes” at any stage, unless the setup has ben completed.
2. In the Setup page, go to Basic setup screen and since the router will not be connected to a modem, select Disable your Connection Type. You can change the Router Name and Host Name if required.
3. Make sure that the Local Router IP address is changed into an option that is not used for any other router on the network. This will avoid issues because if two routers share the IP address, the network will not be accessible. You can ensure that the routers have different IP addresses by simply changing the last number in one of them.
4. You will need to change DHCP Type to DHCP Forwarder and then, enter the IP address of the router that will work as repeater, below DCHP Server and select Save. If the page doesn’t reload, it could be that you have not changed the IP address of the repeater router as previously described.
5. In Security page, disable all the security settings by making sure that everything is unmarked and then Click on “Save”. This can be done since all security will be managed by the router.
6. In the Wireless tab, change Wireless Mode to Repeater or Repeater Bridge. When you select Repeater, the router will only work as a wireless repeater (which will extend the coverage range of your Wi-Fi) but if you choose Repeater Bridge, you can use Ethernet ports. This is the ideal option if you wish to connect a media device such as an Xbox console or Smart TV. Once you have made your selection, click on Save.
7. Go to Wireless Network Name (SSD) and enter the name if your main network (your primary router). Make sure that you enter this information exactly as it is. Then click Save.
8. In the Wireless tab, change the settings, ensuring that they match your primary router’s settings. Click Save and then select Apply Settings. To apply the new settings, the routing will automatically be restarted. Once it is working as a repeater, you will enjoy a better Wi-Fi range in every area of your workplace of home.