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Extending Wireless Network Range

To do this you'll need an Instant Wireless Network Access Point (WAP11), a Wireless-G Business Ethernet Bridge (WET11), and an extra crossover Ethernet cable to connect the two.

Pre-setup

You'll need to assign a static IP address to the computer you'll be configuring the WAP11 and the WET11 with.

Be sure to have the following information from your Access Point ready before proceeding:

  • The Access Point's Wireless Network Name (SSID)

NOTE: The default SSID is linksys.

  • The Access Point's Wireless Channel

NOTE: The default channel is 6.

  • The Access Point's Wireless Security settings

NOTE:  The Wireless Security is Disabled by default.  If you're using WEP, you'll need to know if it's 64 or 128-bit.  To know how to check the Wireless Security settings, click here.

  • Check if the Wireless MAC Filter is enabled

NOTE: If it is, add the MAC Address of the WET11 to the Allowed list.  To know how to do this, click here.

After making sure that the abovementioned settings are correct, you are now ready to setup your Linksys devices.

Setting up the WET11
Setting up the WAP11
Physical setup of the units

Setting up the WET11

Step 1:
Using the crossover Ethernet cable, connect one end to your computer’s Ethernet slot and the other end into the WET11's Ethernet port.

NOTE: Make sure that the WET11 and computer are powered ON.

Step 2:
The LAN LED should light up.  If not, change the X or II switch next to the Ethernet port on the WET11 and the LAN LED should light up.

Step 3:
Launch a web browser and enter “http://192.168.1.225” into the Address bar of your browser.  Press [Enter].

Step 4:
A window prompting for a User name and Password will appear.  Enter your login credentials and click OK once done.

NOTE: The default User name and Password is “admin”.

Step 5:
The web-based setup page of WET11 will then appear.  Enter the Wireless Network Name of your Access Point in the SSID field under the Wireless category.

NOTE: If you have a secured wireless network set up on your Access Point, click .

Step 6:
Enter your Access Point’s security settings in the Passphrase, Default Key, Keys 1, 2, 3, and 4, and the Authentication Type fields, respectively.  Once done, click OK.

Step 7:
You will be returned to the main WET11’s web-based setup page.  Choose Enable for the WEP.

Step 8:
Click .

Step 9:
Click Continue.

Your WET11 should now be set up.

Setting up the WAP11

In order to set the configuration up correctly, you're going to need the SSID to be different from the Access Point.  Because of this, you'll need to set up Profiles for computers that will transverse between the two Access Points.
 

Step 1:
Using the crossover Ethernet cable, connect one end to your computer’s Ethernet slot and the other end into the WAP11’s Ethernet port.

NOTE: Make sure that the WET11 and computer are powered ON.

Step 2:
Launch a web browser and enter “http://192.168.1.251” into the Address bar of your browser.  Press [Enter].

Step 3:
A window prompting for a User name and Password will appear.  Enter your login credentials and click OK once done.

NOTE: The default User name and Password is admin.

Step 4:
The web-based setup page of WAP11 will then appear.  Enter a different Wireless Network Name than your other Access Point’s in the SSID field under the Wireless category.

Step 5:
Set the Channel under the Wireless category to be something different from the other Access Point.  For example, if the other Access Point is using Channel 6, set the WAP11’s Channel to 11.

NOTE: It is recommended to use Channels 1, 6, or 11.

Step 6:
Click .

Step 7:
A pop-up message asking to change the WEP to Mandatory will then appear.  Click OK.

NOTE:  Enter the same Wireless Security settings as you have on the WET11 and the other Access Point.
 

Step 8:
Click .

Step 9:
Click Continue.

Your WAP11 should now be set up.

Physical setup of the units

Step 1:
Set the WET11 in a location where the wireless signal is low but stable.

Step 2:
Using a crossover cable, connect one end into the WET11's Ethernet port, then plug the other end of the Ethernet cable into the WAP11's Ethernet port .

Step 3:
The LAN LED of both devices should be lit. If not, change the X or II switch next to the Ethernet port on the WET11 and the LAN LED should light up.

NOTE: Make sure that both the WET11 and WAP11 are powered ON.

You should now have an extended wireless network range.
 

 

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