Connecting an access point to a wired router

Connecting an access point to an existing wired router will turn your home network into a wireless hotspot.  This allows your wireless computers and devices to connect to the network securely.

NOTE:  Images may vary depending on the router and model number of the access point you are using.  In this example, the Linksys WAP54G Access Point is used.

The diagram below shows how your network should be connected at the end of the configuration process.

 

Setting up the wireless settings on an access point

To setup the wireless settings of the access point, you will need to do the following:

i.     Identify the IP address of the wired router
ii.    Connect the access point to the router
iii.   Configure the access point’s wireless settings

Identify the IP address of the wired router

In this example, the router being used is the Linksys BEFSR41 with the default IP address of 192.168.1.1.  When you are certain about the IP address of your router, it is easy to setup your access point with the router.  To learn how to check your router’s IP address, click here.

Connect the access point to the router

Connect the access point to one of the numbered Ethernet ports on the router.  To configure the access point initially, use a computer which is hardwired to the router.

Configure the access point’s wireless settings

To configure the access point’s wireless settings, follow the procedure below:

Step 1:
Open the access point’s web-based setup page.  For instructions, click here.

NOTE:  To access the web-based setup page using a Mac computer, click here.

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

Step 3:
Enter the Network Name (SSID).

NOTE:  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.

NOTE:  In this example 40/64-bit (10 hex digits) key is used.  To setup a longer key, choose 40/128-bit (26 hex digits).

QUICK TIP:  Hex digits contain the letters A-F only and the numbers 1-0 and is not case sensitive.

Your access point is now configured.


Related Articles:

Connecting an access point to a wireless router
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