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Can I salvage the "wireless" bit on my duff router?

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Can I salvage the "wireless" bit on my duff router?

Not sure if this should be chit chat, or hardware.... cos it is just a "something to do" ..... maybe.... sort of project, that crossed my mind..... Roll eyes
OK... So yesterday morning, my D-Link 2640b router packed it in.... and went into self-retirement.... Phoned up and asked PN for a new one, and they charged me £4.99 for P&P and it arrived this morning at 11:30.... Less than 24 hours since ordering !...
so I have this duff router, with lots of lovely electronic bits in it. and in particular, the "wireless bits".... now I don`t know which bit has actually failed, but I am assuming that I may be able to rescue something to make an "add-on" that I can plug into my laptop to improve wireless reception.... sort of like a "dongle"  on a wire.....
anyone any ideas? or should I just take it to the local tip, for their disposal...
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Re: Can I salvage the "wireless" bit on my duff router?

Can you get in to the interface on the router? If you cannot I can't see how you could configure it in any other way. If you can it proves a lot of it is still working so it may be possible.
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Re: Can I salvage the "wireless" bit on my duff router?

you'd need a few tools and a  fine soldering iron
circuit boards are put together by robots these days
unfortunately they cant take them apart
I wouldnt attempt it shutter
but
if you can get it working
you could then use this spare router  as a 'Wireless repeater'
it'll repeat all of the wireless information it hears!  
it doesn't even need any extra wiring and you'll get an instant boost to your wireless signal strength
Placing these repeaters at the edges of your coverage area can extend your range outward
youtube offer loads of videos on how to set them  up to work as repeaters
i've left it to youtube because its just identical router configuration ie master / slave
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Re: Can I salvage the "wireless" bit on my duff router?

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OK... So yesterday morning, my D-Link 2640b router packed it in.... and went into self-retirement....

Define "packed in" Grin

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Mr. Praline: 'E's not pinin'! 'E's passed on! This router is no more! He has ceased to be! 'E's expired and gone to meet 'is maker! 'E's a stiff! Bereft of life, 'e rests in peace! If you hadn't nailed 'im to the perch 'e'd be pushing up the daisies! 'Is metabolic processes are now 'istory! 'E's off the twig! 'E's kicked the bucket, 'e's shuffled off 'is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisibile!! THIS IS AN EX-ROUTER!!
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Re: Can I salvage the "wireless" bit on my duff router?

Aye, it does depend which part has packed up.  If it's just the modem part you should be able to disable the modem on the DLink and turn the new one into basically a modem plugging it into the DLink via an ethernet port.  If however it's the internal gubbins and you can't access the DLink at all then you're probably out of luck.
If it is working except the modem, have a look here and see if you can flash it with openwrt to turn it into an uber router.
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Re: Can I salvage the "wireless" bit on my duff router?

Yay ,. thanks for the info guys... !... the only thing that seems to be working is the "red light" on the power led!... (the one that changes to green if it is working ok... so perhaps it is dead from the aerial down!.... can`t access it from the wireless point from laptop to router stats page... (i.e. via the url)... not tried it on the wire.... am still messing with the new router and don`t want to muck up my connection just yet....
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Re: Can I salvage the "wireless" bit on my duff router?

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the only thing that seems to be working is the "red light" on the power led!

Quite likely its just the power supply that has packed up in that case.
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Re: Can I salvage the "wireless" bit on my duff router?

At least you could rescue the red LED.

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Re: Can I salvage the "wireless" bit on my duff router?

I took a medion router apart years ago andit had a normal laptop PCI type wifi adapter inside it if that helps.
I need a new signature... i'm bored of the old one!
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Re: Can I salvage the "wireless" bit on my duff router?

OK.... so next question......
ten useful circuits using 1 red led and a 12v 1amp PSU.
no prizes for the best idea....... but,..... we can go on "dragon`s den".... Cheesy
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Re: Can I salvage the "wireless" bit on my duff router?

depends on the red, you could make a light for nighttime secret photgraphy
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Re: Can I salvage the "wireless" bit on my duff router?

I have a suggestion. Use it as a door stop - with the red led on you wouldn't be in danger of tripping over it in the dark.
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Re: Can I salvage the "wireless" bit on my duff router?

Make a LED banger for November the 5th?  Grin

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Re: Can I salvage the "wireless" bit on my duff router?

why not make a party pumpkin