How to Build a Low-Cost WiFi Repeater and Boost Your Signal


A WiFi repeater can help boost your wireless signal to areas in your home or office where the signal is weak. Building your own repeater is an inexpensive way to improve your WiFi coverage without spending a lot of money. In this guide, I will walk you through the steps to build your own low-cost WiFi repeater using common household items.

What You Need

Building a WiFi repeater requires just a few basic components:

That's it! With just these basic components, you can build your own functional WiFi repeater.

Setting Up the Router

The first step is to configure the router that will act as your repeater. Here's how:

  1. Reset the router to factory default settings. This clears out any previous settings. Refer to your router manual for instructions on how to reset it.

  2. Connect the router to your computer using an Ethernet cable. This allows you to access the router's administrative interface.

  3. Open a web browser and type the router's default gateway IP address into the address bar (usually or Enter the admin login details if prompted.

  4. Access the router's wireless settings. Locate the section where you can disable DHCP and configure it as an access point instead of a router. Disable DHCP so the repeater assigns no IP addresses.

  5. Give the repeater's wireless network a different SSID (name) than your main router. For example, add "REPEATER" to the end. This designates it as a separate access point.

  6. Save your settings and disconnect the router from your computer. Now it's ready to be positioned and powered on as a repeater!

Connecting the Repeater

Next, you need to connect your WiFi repeater to your existing wireless network:

  1. Place the repeater in a location between your main router and the WiFi dead zone. The area should receive a fairly good signal from your current wireless router but still need boosted coverage.

  2. Connect an Ethernet cable from your main router LAN port to the repeater's LAN port. This connects the two routers together so the repeater can pick up the wireless signal. Use the longest cable possible to maximize positioning flexibility.

  3. Connect the power adapter to the repeater and turn it on. The LED lights should come on to indicate it's now powered up.

  4. Join the repeater's new wireless network with your computer or mobile device. Confirm you are getting a strong signal through the repeater. Success! You now have an extended WiFi zone.

Improving Performance

There are a few additional steps you can take to get the best performance from your homemade WiFi repeater:

With some tweaking and optimal placement, your DIY repeater should be able to effectively boost WiFi coverage throughout your home or office! Enjoy the benefits of an expanded wireless network at only a fraction of the cost of commercial extenders.

Troubleshooting Issues

If your DIY WiFi repeater isn't working properly, here are some troubleshooting tips:

With some debugging and tweaking, you should be able to get your homemade repeater working reliably. The small effort is worth the reward of whole-home wireless coverage!


Building your own WiFi repeater is a straightforward DIY project using an old router, power adapter, and Ethernet cable. After configuring the router in "Access Point" mode, strategically position it between your main router and weak signal areas. Connect it via Ethernet cable to extend the network. With optimal placement and a few optional performance tweaks, you can achieve excellent extended coverage at little cost. Turn that old router into a useful WiFirepeater!