Be very kindly upgraded my router and did not request the old Thompson Speedtouch 585 (I have no other info on it at the moment till I get home)
I googled the possibility of making it a wireless hub/relay as my Desktop computer has poor signal upstairs (it works but if I can improve it). My Laptop has great signal in the same room, but then the aerial for laptops is much better.
I want to set up the old BE box to be a wireless range extender.
The box is capable if you google it, but the option is not available with the BE firmware/software on the router.
The router was able to do what I needed so I followed my google steps and when it came to it the option was not there. I think it is something to do with the firmware that is on the router as it was all set up by BE.
I was just wondering if any one had advice on the matter and if there was a step by step guide on how to change it?
As BE seem to have said they are not worried about getting the router back I would like to use it for a purpose.
Not being a code head I am looking at upgrading/changing the firmware rather than playing with Telnet as an option
The best advice is don't bother unless you really have to. Wi-Fi "repeating" as it's known at least halves your wi-fi bandwidth (for everything.)
A better solution would be to use you old router as an outpost wi-fi Access Point (nearer to your desktop) cabled back to you main router either using proper network cables, or tunnelled over the mains using Homeplugs.
No speacial firmware is necessary, how to do it is discussed in the "using two routers together" FAQ.
If your desktop is the only device in that area that needs a connection and you establish a cabled route (proper or HomePlug) between desktop and router, you may as well forego wifi entrely and do it all with cabling.