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Wireless Router as an Access Point?

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Gordian, Aug 30, 2004.

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  1. Gordian

    Gordian Thread Starter

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    Hi, Ill explain the situation, i have one computer attached to a wireless linksys b router downstairs, while upstairs i have 2 computers, one with a wireless b pci card (linksys), the other with no internet right now, i just bought a wireless WGT624 netgear router with high hopes that i could easily connect my other computer upstairs, with wireless internet, however, the manuals give no info, and no explanation whatsoever to turn the router into an access point, I was also hoping to get a few more computers attached to the wireless router upstairs. So my question is, can i use my new router to connect other computers to the router downstairs, or to the computer with the wireless pci card?
     
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Nope. Routers only work in gateway mode, and will not communicate directly with each other wirelessly.
     
  3. Gordian

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    hmmm, anyway i can use it as a switch then? so i can just connect them with the only computer with internet access in that room?
     
  4. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    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!
     
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