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Title: Advanced Configuration for WAP11

Article ID: 22081


Advanced Configuration for WAP11

 

Question

How can I get my Linksys WAP11 configured using advanced setup?

Answer

The most common configuration for Access Points is the Access Point Mode.  However, there are three other modes used for advanced configurations, namely:

Access Point Client
Wireless Bridge
Wireless Bridge – Point to Multipoint
Wireless Repeater

NOTE:  The WAP11 will only communicate with another WAP11 when set to any of the advanced configurations.

To set up your access point using Advanced Configurations, you will need to perform four general steps:

• Checking the Wireless MAC Address of the Main Access Point.
• Checking the Wireless Settings of the Main Access Point.
• Setting-up the Secondary WAP11 in any of the Advanced Modes.
• Changing the Secondary WAP11’s LAN IP Address.

NOTE:  You will need a main WAP11 which acts as the transmitter of wireless signals to do any of the Advanced Configurations.

Checking the Wireless MAC Address of the Main Access Point

Step 1:
Connect your computer directly to the main WAP11 using an Ethernet cable.

Step 2:
Set a Static IP Address for your computer. To know how, click here.

NOTE:  Upon setting-up a static IP address, use 192.168.1.251 as your Default Gateway.

Step 3:
Access the main WAP11’s web-based setup page.  To know more on how to access an access point’s web-based setup page, click here.

NOTE:  The default IP Address of a WAP11 is 192.168.1.251.

Step 4:
On the Setup tab, take note of the Wireless MAC Address.

Checking the Wireless Settings of the Main Access Point

Step 1:
On the Setup tab, take note of the Wireless SSID, Channel, and WEP.

NOTE:  The default SSID is ‘linksys’ with a Channel of ‘6’ and a Disabled WEP.  These settings may change if you have personalized your own network configuration settings.

Step 2:
If the WEP is set to Mandatory, click on .

Step 3:
In the WEP Key Setting pop-up window, take note of the Bit, Mode, Key 1, and Default TX Key.

NOTE:  By default, the Default TX Key is set to ‘1’. If it’s set to anything else other than ‘1’, take note of the Key Index that follows the Default TX Key.

NOTE:  Settings will vary depending on your own network setting preference.

Step 4:
After you’re done copying the settings, simply close the page and you will be returned to the main Setup window.

NOTE:  You can choose to close the web-based setup page of the main WAP11 from this point on.

Setting-up the Secondary WAP11 in any of the Advanced Modes

Now that you already have the wireless settings of your network, you can proceed to configuring your second WAP11 in any of your preferred Modes.

ACCESS POINT CLIENT

Access Point Client is a mode wherein the access point will only be acting as a receiver of wireless signals then converting the wireless Internet to a wired connection via the Ethernet cable.

Step 1:
Access the web-based setup page of the secondary WAP11 that will be acting as the Access Point Client.

Step 2:
On the Setup tab, enter the same SSID, Channel, and set the appropriate WEP setting as with the main Access Point.

Step 3:
Select Access Point Client for the AP Mode.

Step 4:
Enter the Wireless Mac Address of the main WAP11 in the Remote AP MAC Address field.

NOTE: Remove the colons upon entering the Wireless Mac Address.

Step 5:
Click .

WIRELESS BRIDGE

Wireless Bridge is used when you want to connect two wireless access points that are not physically connected to bridge two networks together. This is also called Adhoc bridging, wherein you are connecting two networks together without the use of Internet.

Step 1:
Access the main WAP11’s web-based setup page.

Step 2:
On the Setup tab, enter the SSID, Channel, and WEP setting of your preference.

Step 3:
Select Wireless Bridge for the AP Mode.

Step 4:
Enter the secondary WAP11’s Wireless Mac Address in the Remote Bridge MAC Address field.

NOTE:  Remove the colons upon entering the Wireless Mac Address.

Step 4:
Click .

Step 5:
Repeat the same steps with the secondary WAP11.

WIRELESS BRIDGE – POINT TO MULTIPOINT

Wireless Bridge – Point to Multipoint is basically the same with the Wireless Bridge Mode except that in Point to Multipoint, you are connecting 3 or more Access Points and bridging three or more networks together.

WIRELESS REPEATER

Wireless Repeater is a Mode wherein the Access Point acts like a Wireless Range Expander. It extends the wireless signal given off by the main Wireless Access Point and transmits the signal to other wireless devices. Unlike the Access Point Client Mode wherein the wireless signals get converted to a wired connection, Wireless Repeater receives and re-transmits the same wireless signal to your other wireless devices.

Step 1:
Access the web-based setup page of the secondary WAP11 that will be acting as the Wireless Repeater.

Step 2:
On the Setup tab, enter the same SSID, Channel, and set the appropriate WEP setting as with the main Access Point.

Step 3:
Select Wireless Repeater for the AP Mode.

Step 4:
Enter the Wireless Mac Address of the main WAP11 in the Remote AP MAC Address field.

NOTE:  Remove the colons upon entering the Wireless Mac Address.

Step 4:
Click .

Changing the Secondary WAP11’s LAN IP Address

After configuring the secondary access point as your preferred Advanced Configuration Mode, change its LAN IP Address to avoid IP address conflict with the main access point. For instructions, click here.
 

 

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