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Solved: Will Wireless Access Point and Broadband Router Work Together?

Discussion in 'Networking' started by mickeyw3340, Mar 14, 2005.

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  1. mickeyw3340

    mickeyw3340 Thread Starter

    Nov 22, 2004
    I have used for years a Link Sys wireless access point along with a Link Sys 4 port switch so my wife could access internet from upstairs. I have been given a Link non-wireless Broadband Router. Will they work together? I have been printing and reading the manuals, and even though I haven't looked yet, I think the Wireless access point and the non wireless router are both on the same IP address. Is there a way around this, or is it even a problem?
  2. coulterp


    Oct 20, 2003
    Well yes if they have the same IP address that would be a problem as you cannot have two devices sharing the same IP address. But it is a simple matter to move one or other device to an alternative IP address (still in the same subnet).

    As your existing router is likely also the DHCP-server then I'd change the IP address of the WAP; manually set it to some other IP address in the same subnet, preferably outside the issuing range of the router. e.g if the router had IP address, and issued IP address range -, you could safely make the WAP
  3. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    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 through, I'd assign the secondary router 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!
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