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Title: Connecting an access point to a Linksys wireless router

Article ID: 4211


How do I configure the Linksys access point?

The Linksys WAP54G is designed to be configured in different modes.  To connect the access point to a Linksys wireless router, you can configure the access point in two (2) different ways:

i.     Setting up the access point as an access point - The Access Point mode is the default setting of most Linksys wireless access points.  It allows you to extend the range of an existing wireless signal by connecting the access point to a wireless router via Ethernet connection.  It also allows you to create another wireless network with a different SSID and channel on the same local network using the same LAN IP segment.

ii.    Setting up the access point as a wireless repeater - The Wireless Repeater mode allows this device to act as a wireless repeater.  A wireless repeater can extend the range of your wireless signal without sacrificing the transmit rate.

To learn how to set up the Linksys access point as an access point, follow the instructions provided below:

Setting up the access point as an access point

This setup will work even if you have a wired or wireless router.  Simply connect the access point to one of the ports of your existing wired/wireless router then configure the access point’s wireless settings.

Step 1:
Open the access point’s web-based setup page by entering the default IP address “192.168.1.245” on the Address bar then press [Enter].  If a new window prompts for credentials, leave the User name blank and enter “admin” as your Password then click OK.

Step 2:
On the web-based setup page, click on Wireless.

Step 3:
Enter the Network Name (SSID).

The SSID Broadcast should be set to Enabled so that wireless devices will be able to detect the wireless network of your Linksys access point.

Step 4:
Click Wireless Security and select your desired Security Mode.

WPA-Personal
Enter your desired password in the Passphrase field.

WPA2-Personal
Enter your desired password in the Passphrase field.

WEP
Enter a 10-hex digit key to Key 1.

In this example 40/64-bit (10 hex digits) key is used.  To setup a longer key, select 40/128-bit (26 hex digits).  The hex digits contain the letters A-F, numbers 0-9 and is not case-sensitive.

Your Linksys access point is now successfully configured.

Other things to remember

As mentioned earlier, the Linksys access point can also be set up as a Wireless Repeater.  This mode will turn the access point into a wireless repeater to extend the range of your wireless signal.

The WAP54G will work as a wireless repeater, ONLY with the following devices:

To learn more on how to setup your wireless access point as a wireless repeater, click here.

 

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