BT Home Hub 3 as access point

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benbuilder

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Hi
I am relatively new to networking and have just moved to a larger house so I need it! i have a sky netgear router in the lounge which covers around half the house. I have a Netgear wireless range extender that does the majority of the rest of the house but the far end of the house where my study is has no coverage (wireless).
I have two Netgear Powerlines which I have installed so I can get my PC running but it would be nice to use my Mac and phone in there as well.
I have a spare BT Home Hub 3 which I would like to set as a wireless access point for the study off the Powerline but am unsure how to do it.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks
Ben
 

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JohnWill's procedure (Aug. 30, 2008) for configuring a secondary router as a switch and, optionally, wireless access point follows.

Connecting two (or more) SOHO broadband routers together.

Note: The "primary" router can be an actual router, a software gateway like Microsoft Internet Connection Sharing, or a server connection that has the capability to supply more than one IP address using DHCP server capability. No changes are made to the primary "router" configuration.

Configure the IP address of the secondary router(s) to be in the same subnet as the primary router, but out of the range of the DHCP server in the primary router. For instance DHCP server addresses 192.168.0.2 through 192.168.0.100, I'd assign the secondary router 192.168.0.254 as it's IP address, 192.168.0.253 for another router, etc.

Note: Do this first, as you will have to reboot the computer to connect to the router again for the remaining changes.

Disable the DHCP server in the secondary router.

Setup the wireless section just the way you would if it was the primary router, channels, encryption, etc.

Connect from the primary router's LAN port to one of the LAN ports on the secondary router. If there is no uplink port and neither of the routers have auto-sensing ports, use a cross-over cable. [You will not need a cross-over cable if one of the "routers" is a computer.] Leave the WAN port unconnected!

This procedure bypasses the routing function (NAT layer) and configures the router as a switch (or wireless access point for wireless routers).

For reference, here's a link to a Typical example config using a Netgear router
 
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