Access Point Setup And Configuration Modes
Set up wireless access point:
Access point setup can be configured in 3 different modes of operation, depending on how its intended to communicate with other access points in its range.
The most common is setting the AP in “Access Point” mode.
The other modes are setting it up as a “Wireless Repeater” or “Wireless Bridge”, which change the functionality, and can enhance your Wireless Access Point Security.
In this example we’ll be demonstrating how to setup wireless access point for “Access Point” mode, on a Linksys WAP54G Wireless Access Point.
This mode is the most commonly used in home networks, and the default setting of most AP out of the box.
Set Up Wireless Access Point
Let’s get started:
Set up wireless access point setup can be completed in just a few minutes and it doesn’t require the use of the installation CD that came in the box.
All that’s needed is to connect directly to the WAP using an Ethernet cable to a working computer with an installed and working network adapter.
Connecting to set up wireless access point:
Take the Linksys WAP out of the box, and locate these 3 items (the access point, the WAP power cord, and the Ethernet cable) that came in the box.
- Connect one end of the Ethernet cable to the “LAN” port on the back of the wireless access point.
- Take the other end of the Ethernet cable and plug it into the network port on your PC or laptop.
- Make sure your PC or laptop is powered on, and booted up to a desktop and ready for work.
- Plug the power cord to the back of the access point’s power port, and the other end to a working AC outlet.
- Let the WAP power up for approx 3mins, until it’s at a ready state.
Access point setup:
Now we’ll be going through the AP setup process.
- On your PC or laptop, Open your favorite Internet web browser for surfing the web.
You don’t need to worry about the error message “No web page can be displayed”.
- In the URL address line where the web address is normally displayed, Type in the following.
HTTP://192.168.1.254 and press the “Enter” key.
A wireless access point login box will appear on the center of your screen, prompting you for a username and password.
- Enter the login credentials. The username should be “admin” and the password should also be “admin” and Click the OK button to login to your WAP.
If you are using another brand and model of wireless access point you will need to consult with the user’s guide for that model to obtain its default username and password to access the configuration utility.
You should now be logged into your Linksys WAP54G wireless access point, and your Internet browser should be displaying the initial setup screens opening page.
The initial screen should be opened on the “Setup” tab and to the “Network Setup” sub tab of the configuration utility.
- On the “Network Setup” page in the first section labeled “Device Name”, Type in the name you wish to call your wireless access point on the network. In our example here, we simply call it “Wireless AP”, to give an easy descriptive name.
- In the next section labeled “Configuration Type”, Select “Static IP” from the drop-down box.
- In the IP configuration fields below, statically assign the “IP address:” for our wireless access point to 192.168.1.254
The IP address you assign your wireless access point should be at or near the end of your wireless routers IP device range, so it won’t have address conflicts with other wireless devices being assigned IP addresses by your routers DHCP service if active.
- The “Subnet Mask:” should match the subnet mask on your home network wireless router.
- The “Default Gateway” should be the IP address of your home network wireless router, because it is the default gateway leading out of your local network to the Internet. In our example we left the base router to its default IP at 192.168.1.1 to keep things simple.
- After you have typed in the appropriate IP address information, Click on the “Save Settings” button on the bottom of the page.
- Next we’ll configure the wireless settings by, Clicking on the “Wireless” tab and then the “Basic Wireless Settings” sub tab.
Basic Wireless Settings:
- On the “Basic Wireless Settings” screen we need to type in the wireless settings that are setup in your base routers wireless settings, so the WAP can communicate with the main wireless router.
- The “Mode”, “Network Name SSID”, “Channel” and “SSID Broadcast” information must match your home networks wireless router exactly.
- When you have populated all the fields with the correct information to match your home network, Click on the “Save Settings” button to apply the changes.
Wireless Security Settings:
- The last step will be to set up wireless access point security, by Clicking on the “Wireless Security” sub tab under the “Wireless” main tab.
- In the section labeled “Wireless Security”, Configure the WAP with the same security settings as the main router it will be connecting to, just like any device on your wireless home network.
- After selecting the appropriate security mode in the wireless security drop-down box for your access point, Click on the “Save Settings” button on the bottom of the page.
- Now that you have set up wireless access point, Reset the wireless access point by unplugging the power cord from the back of the WAP, and plugging it back in after 5 or 10 seconds.
When the WAP54G has completely restarted it will be automatically connected to your main wireless router as an active access point for your wireless network.
That’s it! You just set up wireless access point in “Access Point” mode and expanded the range of your wireless home network.