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Creating a second wireless network using a Wireless Ethernet Bridge and Access Point

It is possible to create a second wireless network that you can add to your current wireless network.  To do this, you’ll need a Wireless Ethernet Bridge and a Wireless Access Point.

NOTE:  The main difference between a wireless Ethernet bridge and a wireless access point is that the bridge can only receive wireless signals while the access point is only capable of transmitting it.  A router is also an access point.

Wirelessly cascading two routers is only possible by using a Wireless Ethernet Bridge.  If you do not have a bridge, you may cascade the two routers using an Ethernet cable only.

IMPORTANT:  In order to optimize your wireless network, it is recommended to use a Wireless-N router, bridge, and access point.

NOTE:  This article assumes that your current wireless network is already working and you know its wireless settings.  For instructions on how to set up your Linksys Wireless-N router using Linksys Connect, click here.  To learn how to check the wireless settings of your Linksys Wireless-N router using Linksys Connect, click here.  To learn how to check the wireless settings using the router’s web-based setup page, click here.

Setting up the Wireless Ethernet Bridge
Setting up the Wireless Access Point

Setting up the Wireless Ethernet Bridge

The Wireless Ethernet Bridge will serve as the receiver of the wireless signal coming from your router.

NOTE:  In this example, WET610N is used.

Step 1:
Access the Wireless Ethernet Bridge’s web-based setup page.  To learn how, click here.

NOTE:  If you’re using a Wireless-G Ethernet Bridge, click here.

Step 2:
Click on the Wireless tab.

Step 3:
Select Manual for the Configuration view.

 

Step 4:
Enter your existing network’s wireless network name in the Network Name (SSID) field and select its Security Mode.

IMPORTANT:  Your router’s wireless settings should be exactly the same as the Wireless Ethernet Bridge’s.

 

NOTE:  Alternatively, you may click on the Wireless Network Site Survey sub-tab to connect to your existing wireless network.  For detailed instructions on how to connect using the Wireless Network Site Survey, click here.

Step 5:
Click on Save Settings.

Step 6:
Click Status > Wireless Network.

NOTE:  The Link Status should say it is Connected and the Network Name (SSID) should display your wireless network’s SSID.

 

The Wireless Ethernet Bridge should now be connected to your wireless router.

NOTE:  If you’re having problems setting up your Wireless Ethernet Bridge, click here for detailed instructions.

Setting up the Wireless Access Point

The Wireless Access Point will broadcast the wireless signal for your second wireless network.

NOTE:  In this example, WAP610N is used.

Step 1:
Access the Wireless Access Point’s web-based setup page.  To learn how, click here.

Step 2:
Click on the Wireless tab.

Step 3:
Select Manual for the Configuration view.

 

Step 4:
Select which Wireless Band you prefer to have for the second wireless network.

 

NOTE:  Not all wireless devices are able to connect to 5 GHz networks.

Step 5:
Enter your preferred wireless settings for the second network in the appropriate fields.  Make sure you enter the settings in the Wireless Band you’ve selected.

 

NOTE:  In this example, 2.4 GHz Wireless Settings is used.

Step 6:
Click on Save Settings.

Step 7:
Click on the Wireless Security sub-tab.

Step 8:
Select the Security Mode you wish to have for the second wireless network.

NOTE:  If you have a Wireless-N network, it is recommended to use WPA2 Personal for faster connectivity.

 

Step 9:
Enter your preferred password in the Passphrase field.

NOTE:  The Passphrase should have at least eight (8) characters and is case-sensitive.

 

Step 10:
Click Save Settings.

Step 11:
Connect the Wireless Access Point to the Wireless Ethernet Bridge using an Ethernet cable.

The Access Point should now be broadcasting the wireless signal for your second wireless network.  You may now connect your wireless devices to the second wireless network.  To learn how, click here.


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