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Connecting your Linksys WAP300N N300 Dual-Band Wireless Access Point to a wireless router

The Linksys WAP300N N300 Dual-Band Wireless Access Point, a dual-band Wireless-N Access Point, is a highly flexible device that features four (4) different modes.  It can turn your wired network to a wireless one by connecting it to any available Ethernet port on your existing wired router.

If you already have an existing wireless network, you can further expand its range by connecting the Linksys WAP300N to your wireless router.  To do this, you can:

i.   Set up the Linksys WAP300N as an access point
ii.  Set up the Linksys WAP300N as a wireless range extender

Set up the Linksys WAP300N as an access point

The Access Point mode is the default setting of the Linksys WAP300N.  If your router is wired or using an older wireless standard (a/b/g), setting up the Linksys WAP300N as an access point will provide better wireless network experience to all the devices connected to your network.  If your router is already a Wireless-N but you still want to use the device as an access point, it is best to configure it as a wireless range extender.

Step 1:
Access the Linksys WAP300N’s web-based setup page.  To do this, launch a web browser, enter the IP Address of the Linksys WAP300N on the Address bar and press Enter.

NOTE:  If you are using a Mac® computer to access the web-based setup page, click here.

Step 2:
On the Setup page, click on the Wireless tab.



 

Step 3:
Enter your desired Network Name (SSID).

 


NOTE:  The SSID Broadcast should be set to Enabled so that wireless devices can detect the wireless network of your Linksys WAP300N.

Step 4:
Click Wireless Security and select your desired Security Mode from the drop-down menu.

NOTE:  The Linksys WAP300N has eight (8) available Security Modes.



 

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 in the Key 1 field.



 

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 are not case-sensitive.

Step 6:
Click .

You have now successfully configured your Linksys WAP300N.

Set up the Linksys WAP300N as a wireless range extender

The Wireless Range Extender mode is yet another function of the Linksys WAP300N.  A wireless range extender can extend the range of your wireless signal without sacrificing the transmit rate.

The following are the settings you'll need to set up your access point as a wireless range extender:

  • network mode
  • wireless network name (SSID)
  • channel width
  • channel
  • wireless security mode
  • wireless passphrase or password

For step-by-step instructions on how to configure your Linksys WAP300N as a wireless range extender, click here.

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