Best way to repeat wireless using a BT home hub 5a (Openwrt 18.06.2)

Hi guys!

I have a BT home hub 5a with Openwrt 18.06.2 (IP: that I want to use as a wireless repeater, connecting it via wifi to the main modem/router (DGA4132, IP, with stock fw). I can't use any cable, because I'm on another floor of my house.

What is the best way to connect to the DGA4132 wifi using the BT?

Now I'm using this method: join DGA4132 wifi with BT home and than use OpenWRT wifi to repeat the channel and also LAN to have internet. The BT home now is on the same subnet of main router.

The fact is that, when the signal is lower than 55%, I can't access to internet.

Is it only a question of poor signal, or maybe can I use another wireless repeater method to improve connection stability?

Also, I never can access to main router from any machine connected to BT home. On BT home, I have set192.168.1.1 as IPV4 gateway.

Thanks in advance for the help!

Repeater/extender mode doesn't work on HH5A.

You can create a pseudo wireless bridge. See also section 9.10 and 9.14 of the installation guide for hh5a

Have you considered using powerline adapters?


If the other router involved (DGA4132?) is also running OpenWrt, would work.

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I don't know what's the name of the method i'm using. I just join my main DGA4132 router wifi network and then using Openwrt router radio0 for 5Ghz and radio1 2.4Ghz and Openwrt router LAN to connect to the Openwrt router and it works, but sometimes I have navigation issues.

I'll try the pseudo wireless bridge method. By the way, I can't use powerlines, because the two floors have different electric lines.

It seems that the main router (DGA4132) uses a Openwrt based firmware, but it also seems that WDS doesn't work.

By the way, the main router has Broadcom wireless chipset.

"Openwrt based" is not sufficient here, the key for WDS/ 4addr support are nl80211 based (mainline) wlan drivers. Proprietary drivers do not support it, but OEM firmware tend to prefer non-free drivers.