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Instead of running an ethernet cord from my room to the living room, I thought maybe I could use a spare wireless router I have to hook up the wireless signal in my room to get a connection, then hook up the computer in the living room to this router.

Is this possible?

My spare wireless router is a newer Netgear one.

EDIT: Router model is DGN2000.

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What you need is a router that can be turned into "bridge" mode instead of "Access Point" mode. Without the exact model number of which router you have, it is hard to say if you can. Which netgear router do you have?

Even if it not a feature, many routers can use custom firmware, which can make this feature available.

I believe you do need to be running both routers in bridge mode for this to work properly. This would effectively disable any other wireless communication though. I am not sure of any consumer router that can do both access point and bridge functions at once.

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I am not sure that is exactly what you wanted to hear. It is possible if the router supports it, but it comes with conditions. The easiest solution would just to pick up a cheap wireless card for your computer in case things do not work out as planned.

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Router model # is DGN2000 – bobber205 Nov 11 '09 at 22:53
Update: Turned on "WDS" on my router, Clicked on "Repeater with Wirless Client Assocation, and put in what Tomato is telling me my wireless mac address is for my wireless router. No dice. Cannot connect. – bobber205 Nov 11 '09 at 23:03
Excuse me, I had a few terms switched there. Edited my answer. – Troggy Nov 11 '09 at 23:17
No problem. I would get a cheap wireless card, but the computer in question is an old mac G4. :( – bobber205 Nov 12 '09 at 0:18

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