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Solved: Wireless Access Point

Discussion in 'Networking' started by ragingmoon, Apr 3, 2010.

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  1. ragingmoon

    ragingmoon Thread Starter

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    I want to use two Belkin N1 wireless routers, one as the main gateway and the other as an Access Point to extend the network to cover all areas of a large house. Is it a simple case of making the AP a static IP that is outside the DHCP range of the gateway router? So if Gateway router is 192.168.2.1 and DHCP on that is 192.168.2.1 - 192.168.2.100, I just need to set the AP to 192.168.2.101? Do I also do this by connecting the AP to the gateway router via a Lan port on both routers?

    The AP won't be hard wired on its WAN port at its intended location.

    Thanks
     
  2. TerryNet

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    There's an App for that. Well, really a procedure. :)

    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
     
  3. ragingmoon

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    Cheers mate. (y)
     
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