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Can I use my router like a wifi dongle?

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  1. hobhob

    hobhob Thread Starter

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    Hey.

    So I move house tomorrow, and the apartment building I am moving into has free wifi, which is rare and fantastic, the only issue is, I have been using powerline for ages so now need to look at alternative methods of connecting.

    I have a TL-WR841N by TP-Link, and I was wondering if I am able to use this in a similar way to a wifi dongle, so connecting the the building wifi and then plugging my PC into the router via a ethernet cable?

    Basically they have on the ground floor a wifi router and I will be in the basement, so I am worried I will need quite a strong wifi signal to connect to it, hence wanting to the use the TP-Link, as its got two aerials and a very strong signal on it. I know this is something best to ask when there, but I want to know if there is anything I can do while I still have the internet to make the process easier once I've moved..

    If this is not possible, does anyone have any suggestions of wifi dongles which have very powerful signal ranges?

    Thanks loads !
     
  2. TerryNet

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    If the router has Wireless Bridge (also called AP Client) mode it can be used as you desire (to "extend" a wireless network to an ethernet segment). Check the user guide or browse through the configuration pages to determine the router's capabilities.

    Many USB wireless adapters have an integrated antenna and are just one piece (like a USB flash drive) while others have an external antenna and include a short USB cable. In general the latter type are better for working with a weaker signal and, of course, are more easily placed in a better location.
     
  3. DaveBurnett

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    Yes you can.
     
  4. hobhob

    hobhob Thread Starter

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    Ace thanks. Yeah it has two aerials and I had been using it with power line to extend to another floor in my house. So hopefully I can do this wirelessly with the bridge mode too and then wire my PC in! If I go silent it has not worked. About to move house now so fingers crossed it will! Haha

    Thanks for the help :)
     
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