need help setting 2nd router as access point?

braysdad asked 3 years ago

Hello.. I'm new here and would like to say hey to all...

I have a Linksys wrt54gs connected to my modem.
I would like to add a 2nd router in a different part of the house to help with my connection issues. I've read a little and I believe its something that's possible.

My 2nd router is a belkin n600.

I'm not sure how to connect the 2 together and if its possible with the Linksys being the main router and connected to my modem, can I put the belkin in a different part of the house to extend my wireless??? I hope this makes sense.. which I'm sure ya'll know way more than I do.. I'm good at coming up with the ideas but not at figuring them out,lol. Thanks guys.

1 Answers
Shnerdly Staff answered 3 years ago

Thanks for your question braysdad.

Yes it is possible. The way I would do it would be to turn off the DHCP server in the Belkin and give it a static IP on the proper subnet. (if the linksys is set to default addresses, 192.168.1.200 should work)and connect the ethernet cable from the Linksys to one of the LAN ports on the Belkin, specifically not the WAN or Internet port. That should allow it to work as an access point.

Alternately you could leave the DHCP server on, connect the ethernet cable from the Linksys to the WAN or Internet port. It will get an address from the Linksys and provide Internet access to wireless computers but will not allow sharing of printers between the computers connected to the different routers without make some other adjustments. In this case, you need to make sure the Belkin is not on the same subnet as the Linksys. The Linksys default is 192.168.1.xxx so something like 192.168.2.xxx would work.

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