Wireless router is intended to broadcast wireless signal to clients such as mobile phones, laptops, desktop computers, etc. however, most routers can work the other way around. Yes, it can work as wifi or wireless client to, receiving signals and act like a wireless adapter for your desktop pc, laptops, and other devices that has LAN access port (Ethernet). Of course, adding functionality means tweaking router’s configuration or system. Most of the manufacturer’s firmware disables this function.
- Flash the router with tomato firmware
- Logon to your router’s UI by going to 192.168.1.1 (this vary from router to router, mostly this information is available at the back of your router. You may also have to set your computer’s ip address to 192.168.1.100 to access the UI)
- In your WAN and LAN Settings:
|Router is 0.0.0.0, you can usually use the default value|
|Automatic From Dhcp will use router as the DNS. Manual DNS will use specified DNS-servers|
Set a LAN IP address that is not on the same subnet as your primary (host) router. For example, if your host router’s IP address is 192.168.1.1, then you might assign the client router 192.168.0.1 or 10.0.0.1.
- in your router’s UI, navigate to Basic>>Network
Enter wireless/wifi credentials
- Wireless Mode: Wireless Client
- Interface: WAN
- Wireless Network Mode: Automatic
- SSID: Enter any available wifi/wireless network
- Channel: Channel where your wifi/wireless network is broadcast at.
- Security: Enter whatever security type the network is using (commonly Wpa/wpa2 Personal)
- Encryption: Select the correct encryption (Usually TKIP/AES)
- Shared Key: Password
- Group Key Renewal: 3600
This will make your router capture a wifi/wireless signal from a host and transmit it to your computer via LAN (ethernet).