I get my internet connectivity from MTNL. They’ve given me a pretty rudimentary ADSL modem/router (wireless) – Beetel 450TC1. The range of the MTNL router doesn’t quite cover the entire house. Hence the need for a repeater/bridge in one another location. Now it’s not possible for me to run a cable between the two routers and hence I need it to be a wireless bridge/repeater.
The MTNL supplied Beetel 450TC1 is my primary router (let’s call it R1) , and I needed a secondary router (let’s call it R2) to work as a wireless bridge/repeater.
So today I nervously bought a Linksys E1200 to be used as the R2 for my setup. I planned to put DD-WRT on it and setup it up as bridge/router.
The E1200 doesn’t have bridging capabilities right out of the box. You’ll need a firmware such as DD-WRT to unleash the full potential of the router.
Flashing the DD-WRT on the E1200 – Follow the steps mentioned here - http://dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Linksys_E1200v2 to the T and your router should be all upgraded and ready to be setup for the wireless setup. I haven’t bothered to use the very latest firmware, as the vanilla build mentioned in the steps works flawlessly for me.
Setting up the E1200 for wireless bridging/repeating – Follow these steps to the T and you should be good - http://jgiam.com/2012/07/06/setting-up-a-repeater-bridge-with-dd-wrt-and-d-link-dir-600
E1200 is rated by Flashrouters as one of the best routers to setup as a dedicated repeater. For Rs. 2999 at Croma retail it’s not a bad option at all.