I'm not sure if this is in the right forum - so apologies if not. I have more of a question, as opposed to a problem.
In my home I have a wireless router (R1) that provides internet access and is fully working. This was provided by my ISP, and as such is NOT running dd-wrt. I want to try and avoid flashing this and installing dd-wrt if possible.
Towards the back of my house, the signal gets very weak. I have an additional wireless router (R2) that I want to use to 'boost' the signal from R1. This router IS running dd-wrt. Now the catch is, I want the two routers to connect together wirelessly, NOT with an ethernet cable.
I've googled this to death and found many guides and people asking the same, but they all point to connecting the two routers via a cable. I've also looked in the "How to" section, especially the Wireless bridge guide but this is not applicable to my situation.
Is this solution even possible? Can two routers connect together wireless if only 1 of the routers is running dd-wrt? From google, it suggests it may be possible if one of the routers (or both) supports WDS (only my dd-wrt one supports this). Does anyone know how I can set this up? Or of any other solution to get these two routers connected wirelessly?
The only issue I believe you might have is that the ISP-provided router may not be able to support wireless repeating and bridging in of itself. Most ISP routers are rather simple and lack complex functions and features like that.
If you had both routers running DD-WRT, it can certainly be done by using the "Repeater Bridge" mode. Standard bridging will allow only WIRED clients to connect to that second repeater, not wireless ones. You will need the "Repeater Bridge" mode to allow both wired and wireless clients to connect
If you can put your ISP (main) router into AP mode, you should be able get your second router to connect to it in "Repeater Bridge" mode. The guide I linked above should tell you step by step what you need to do.