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Title: Setting up a wireless bridge with WAP54G Access Points

Article ID: 245


 

Setting up a wireless bridge connects two physically separated wired networks using a wireless connection.
Note: When in Wireless mode, the WAP54G can only communicate with other Linksys WAP54Gs or WAP11s Access Point models. 
 
You can bridge together more than two (2) Access Points using this method. This article describes the process using two (2) WAP54G Access Points; you can repeat the steps for more than two (2) units. Be sure that each Access Point has its own unique IP address setting.
Note: This article assumes an IP Addressing scheme of 192.168.1.x, using a subnet mask of 255.255.255.0. Change this as needed if your network configuration is different.
 
 
Before you begin:
You must locate all the LAN MAC Addresses of the Access Point’s you want to bridge. The LAN MAC address will be located underneath the Access Point on the underside label, next to the serial number, in the format of xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx where “x” is either a number from 0-9 or a letter from A-F. An example MAC address might look like 00-A1-B2-C3-D4-E5.
 
The Access Point Bridges must be setup using wired computers connected to the network that the particular Access Point is being configured.
 
Bridged Access Points must have different IP addresses assigned to them so that they will not conflict with each other. The default IP address of the WAP54G is 192.168.1.245, you can, configure for example, the IP address of WAP54G #2 to 192.168.1.246 to differentiate from WAP54G #1.
 
Setting up the Access Point #1 (WAP54G #1):
For this section, please have Access Point #2 (WAP54G #2) unplugged and not present on the network.
Open a web browser, type in 192.168.1.245 into the browser address bar (192.168.1.245 is the default IP address of the WAP54G).
 
When the username and password prompt appears:
Leave the Username field blank, and in the Password field, type admin, (admin is the default password).
 
Click OKor press the [Enter] key to open the Access Point’s Setuppage, click on the AP Mode
tab.
 
 
Select the Wireless Bridge option.
 
In the first box of the Remote Wireless Bridge’s LAN MAC Addresses boxes, enter the LAN MAC Address of the WAP54G #2. The box should contain the full string with no separations.
 
Click the Apply button at the bottom of the page to save your changes.
Click Continue if prompted to return to the page.
Click X to close the WEB browser.
Unplug the power cord from Access Point #1 (WAP54G #1).
NOTE: A LAN MAC address of 00:A1:B2:C3:D4:E5 should be entered as 00A1B2C3D4E5
 
Setting up the Access Point #2 (WAP54G #2):
Note: For this section, please have Access Point #1 (WAP54G #1) unplugged and not present on the network.
Plug in WAP54G #2 into the network, and then plug in the WAP54G #2 into an electrical circuit.
Open a web browser, type in 192.168.1.245 into the browser address bar (192.168.1.245 is the default IP address of the WAP54G).
When the Username and Password prompt appears, leave the Username field blank, and in the Password field, type admin, (admin is the default password).
Click OK or press the [Enter] key to open the Access Point Setup page
Once the Access Point Setup page opens, click on the AP Mode tab.
 
 
Select theWireless Bridge option.
 
In the first box of the Remote Wireless Bridge’s LAN MAC Addresses boxes, enter in the LAN MAC Address of the WAP54G #1.
Note:A LAN MAC address of 00:E5:D4:C3:B2:A1 should be entered as 00E5D4C3B2A1
 
Click the Apply button at the bottom of the page to save your changes.
Click Continue if prompted to return to the page.
Click the Setup tab. In the LAN section of the Setup page, and change the IP Address setting to 192.168.1.246.
Click Apply to save your changes.
Click Continue if prompted to return to the page and then close the web browser window.
Unplug the power cord from Access Point #2 (WAP54G #2).
 
Setting up the Wireless bridge:
Be sure the Access Points are connected to the wired networks that are to be bridged together. You can then sequentially power on the WAP54G’s.
Plug the power cord into WAP54G #1.
Plug the power cord into WAP54G #2.
If all settings are correct, the wireless bridge will be linked. The networks on either side of the WAP54G’s will be accessible to each other as if they were physically connected with cables.
 
Setting in the WAP54G’s
 
WAP54G #1
The IP Addressis 192.168.1.245.
In Wireless Bridge mode,
The LAN MAC Address of WAP54G #2 is entered in the Remote LAN MAC Address of the WAP54G #1.
 

 
WAP54G #2
The IP Addressis 192.168.1.246.
In Wireless Bridge mode,
The LAN MAC Address of WAP54G #1 is entered in the Remote LAN MAC Address of the WAP54G #2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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