How to Turn a Belkin Wi-Fi Router Into a Repeater

by Jedadiah Casey ; Updated September 28, 2017

Most Belkin Wi-Fi routers are capable of becoming wireless repeaters using a special mode called the Wireless Distribution System. WDS creates a wireless network with a larger range of coverage when multiple Belkin Wi-Fi routers are configured to use it. Routers configured with WDS use the same wireless network name (SSID) and channel, as well as the same encryption type, if the network is encrypted. Wireless clients automatically and seamlessly switch between each router that is configured as a repeater to obtain the strongest wireless signal. You can turn a Belkin Wi-Fi router into a repeater by setting up WDS.

Connect an Ethernet cable from a computer to one of the "LAN" ports on the Belkin router.

Open a Web browser, then type "192.168.2.1" into the address bar. Press "Enter."

Click "Login," then click the "Submit" button.

Copy the WLAN MAC address displayed on the Status page.

Click the "Wireless Bridging" link under the "Wireless" category.

Click both check boxes entitled "Enable wireless bridging" and "Enable only specific access points to connect."

Enter the MAC address of the Belkin Wi-Fi router and the MAC addresses of the other wireless routers participating in the WDS bridge. Repeat the previous steps to find the WLAN MAC addresses of the other devices if using Belkin routers, otherwise refer to the wireless device owner manual to find the WLAN MAC address.

Click "Apply Changes" to save and apply the settings.

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Jedadiah Casey started writing professionally in 2007, with articles published in "The Flagler Times" newspaper. He has more than 20 years of experience with computers and networking. Casey holds a Bachelor of Science in information systems from the University of Central Florida, as well as professional industry certifications.