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8 Great Uses for Old Wireless Routers

Jul 31, 2009, 01:32 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Geier)

"1) Extend coverage by using it as an AP
Though wireless routers are designed to connect to and distribute an Internet connection, they can be used just for their Wi-Fi capabilities. In other words, you can use it as an access point (AP) instead of a wireless router. If you have a small network with only a single wireless router, this can just about double your wireless coverage—and it's essentially free...

"2) Relieve 802.11n routers from supporting 802.11g
When using 802.11n (or Draft N), it's best to allow only 802.11n connections on the router. If 802.11g clients connect, they can slow down the newer clients. However, you can set up the old router again, just to support the old clients. You'd use the router as an AP, such as discussed above, except you could place it right next to the new router since you aren't trying to get more coverage."

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