Cascading Wireless Routers As Access Points
Wireless router as access point:
Wireless router access point is becoming a popular option for expanding the wireless home network.
Many people are using access point routers to expand their home network, because it’s tools they already own.
If you have an existing older 802.11g wireless router that you replaced with a newer 802.11n Draft-N router, you can expand your network.
Wireless routers now days use port switching technology, so your new wireless Draft-N router will still operate at 802.11n speeds even though it has older 802.11g wireless standard equipment running through it.
Only devices accessing your wireless home network through the 802.11g wireless router will be running at G speeds, so you might as well use it for all your wireless G enabled equipment.
Reason to use access point routers:
Many people are confused by the differences between wireless router and access point.
The only difference is cost and WAP functionality you might not even need.
Wireless access points generally cost more than wireless routers, because they have the ability to perform special functions like “Wireless Bridging” to connect two separate wireless networks together, and “Wireless Repeating” for RF signal hoping.
Most people don’t need all these fancy features in their simple home network, and just want to be able to login from the new bedrooms in the finished basement or from the newly constructed “man cave” in the garage.
For simply extending your wireless home network for greater range, the wireless router access point is the way to go.
Use the wireless router as access point to your advantage:
A good technique when adding a wireless router access point to your wireless home network is to assign different SSID’s for the wireless router and access point router.
Assigning different network names to your access points allows you to decide on which AP you want to connect with.
By choosing the closer AP your throughput will be much faster, and will have better reliability in your wireless signal.
Use descriptive SSID names like “Main Router” and “Garage Router”, or “Wireless N” and “Wireless G”, so you can be in control of which network your on.
How to configure wireless router as access point:
There are 3 basic things we need to configure on the wireless router that will be used as the wireless router access point.
- The first is to assign it a “Static IP” address that is at the end of the subnet range so it won’t conflict with other wireless enabled devices on the network.
- Second, we need to disable DHCP server service if it’s been enabled, because there can only be one DHCP server on the network and is only to be active on the host router.
- Finally we’ll disable NAT which stands for “network address translation” and should only be enabled on the host router on your wireless home network, for modifying the header in Ethernet packets as they are sent off to their destination addresses.
Wireless Router As Access Point
Let’s get started:
In this example we’ll be using a Linksys WRT54G wireless router to be configured from wireless router as access point connected to a Linksys E1000 series wireless Draft-N router as the host router using default values..
IP address of 192.168.1.1
Subnet Mask of 255.255.255.0 (allowing an IP range of 192.168.1.1-254)
There are many brands of routers in the market today, so you will need to know the procedure for logging into your make and model, which differs slightly between each manufacture.
Since there are so many manufacturers producing wireless routers in today’s world, we have chosen to support 4 of the industry’s leading best sellers of wireless enable networking equipment if you need assistance gaining access to the router.
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- Once your logged into your Linksys wireless router, and your Internet browser is displaying the routers configuration and setup main screen, Click on the “Setup” tab, and then the “Basic Settings” sub tab.
- In the “Network Settings” section under “Router IP” Enter the following IP and Subnet Mask into the fields provided, as follows.
- In the “Network Address Server Settings (DHCP)”, under the field labeled “DHCP Server:” Select the “Disable” radio button, to turn off the DHCP service.
- Finally we’ll be turning off NAT network address translation, by Clicking on the “Advanced Routing” sub tab under the “Setup” main tab.
- On the WRT54G turning off NAT (network address translation) is done by changing the “Operating Mode” from the default setting of Gateway to “Router”.
Since the E1000 host router is the only other router on the network, there is no need to setup a “Static Routing” table.
- Click on the “Save Settings” button on the bottom of the page.
Connecting your wireless router as access point to your home network:
Now that your wireless router access point is configured and ready for use, you can connect it with an Ethernet cable to your host router.
When connecting the Ethernet cable between the access point routers, use the WAN port on the back of the wireless router access point.
Once the access point router is connected to the host router, just plug in the power cord and let it connect and become another wireless access point on your home network.
That’s It! You just setup your wireless router as access point and increased the range of your wireless home network.