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Converting a wireless router to an access point

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Justinl, Nov 15, 2004.

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  1. Justinl

    Justinl Thread Starter

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    Hey all, I'm trying to turn my D-link wireless router into an access point. I heard that if you leave the Wan port empty, and simply plug into one of the Lan ports on the Router/Switch it can be turned into an access point. I tried doing this and disabled all security measures on my other wireless router, however have not had any luck. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
     
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Here's how I do it, and it's worked in a number of installations, including mine.

    Connecting two SOHO broadband routers together.

    Configure the IP address of the secondary router 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.

    Disable the DHCP server in the secondary router.

    Setup the wireless section just the way you would if it was the primary router.

    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. Leave the WAN port unconnected!
     
  3. Justinl

    Justinl Thread Starter

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    So there is no way to do this without running a cable between the two routers? My plan was to just use the second router in another room without any cables connecting the two.
     
  4. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Routers only communicate in gateway mode, and they will NOT talk to each other wirelessly.
     
  5. Justinl

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    THanks for taking the time to solve my problem!
     
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