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Need help turning a router into a wireless access point

Discussion in 'Networking' started by DoubleFink, Aug 5, 2018.

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  1. DoubleFink

    DoubleFink Thread Starter

    Aug 5, 2018
    So I just bought a Linksys AC1200+ router for the purpose of turning it into an access point as a range extender. I've been trying to connect it to the internet and try and set it up through but it just won't recognize the router at all even though I have it plugged in to my computer and the power outlet.

    Do I have to have this router also plugged into the modem even though I already have a router and modem on the other side of my house, or am I just doing something wrong? My router that is connect to my modem is also Linksys and has bridge mode functionality.

    My end goal is to have my original router and modem still sitting in my office on one corner of the house, while I have this new router set up as an access point in my bedroom on the other end of the house connected to my gaming rig (only a power cable and a cat6 plugged into my computer and the new router).
  2. TerryNet

    TerryNet Moderator

    Mar 23, 2005
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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 through, I'd assign the secondary router as it's IP address, 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! [TerryNet Note: assume that all routers made in the last five or six years or more have auto-sensing ports.]

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

    OTOH, if you really to use it as a Range Extender or Wireless Bridge (Wireless Client) look in the user manual or settings to see if it has that capability.
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