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Setting up the Linksys WAP1200AC AC1200 Wi-Fi Access Point to Access Point mode

The Linksys WAP1200AC AC1200 Wi-Fi Access Point can be set up as an Access Point (AP) or as a Range Extender.  For better Wi-Fi speeds, it is recommended to set it up in Access Point mode.  This article provides instructions on how to do it.
 
Step 1:
Plug the Linksys WAP1200AC into a wall outlet.
 
NOTE:  Wait for the Light Emitting Diode (LED) light to change to amber.  To know more about this device’s LED behavior, click here.
 
Step 2:
Connect a wireless computer or a mobile device to Linksys AP Setup – xxx which is the Linksys WAP1200AC’s default SSID.  You should be connected to this network to start the setup process.
 
QUICK TIP:  xxx are the last three (3) characters of the access point’s MAC address.  The MAC address of your access point is located on the label at the back of the device. 
 
Step 3:
Open a web browser and enter http://ap.linksys.com or 192.168.1.1 in the Address bar to launch the setup.
 
Step 4:
Click Start Setup.

 
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Step 5:
Create and confirm an admin password.  You can also create a password hint (optional) to help you remember your password in the future.  Click Save once done.

 
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Step 6:
Connect an Ethernet cable from the router to the Linksys WAP1200AC and wait until the Ethernet LED turns green.  This indicates that it has obtained an Internet Protocol (IP) address from the router.
 
NOTE:  If the Linksys WAP1200AC does not have an Ethernet cable connected at the time, the setup wizard will prompt that it failed to detect the access point.  Ensure to connect an Ethernet cable and wait until the LED turns solid green before continuing the setup.
 
Step 7:
Select the As a wired range extender (Access point) option, then click Next.
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QUICK TIP:  You may need to click on the blue drop down arrow to expand the options.

NOTE:  At this point, if you haven’t connected yet an Ethernet cable from your Linksys WAP1200AC to a router or switch, it will prompt to connect the cable and try again.
 
Step 8:
Create your access point’s extended network SSIDs and passwords then click Next once done.  This will be the wireless network name that your wireless devices will connect to.

 
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NOTE:  If you want to set up the access point network using Wired Equivalent Protocol (WEP), you will need to set up your Linksys WAP1200AC manually since the security mode setup only has WPA2/WPA Mixed Mode and WPA2 (recommended) options.  To learn how to manually set up the Access point, click here.
 
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You should have set up your Linksys WAP1200AC Wireless Access Point now.
 
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When the Linksys WAP1200AC is in Access Point mode, the top header will read Dual Band Wireless Access Point.  You can log in to the web-based setup page to view the updated top header name.  To learn how, click here.
 
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Alternatively, you can also set up the Linksys WAP1200AC on Range Extender mode.  To learn how, click here.

 

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