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Setting up the Linksys WAP610N Dual-Band Wireless-N Access Point

The Linksys WAP610N Dual-Band Wireless-N Access Point provides wireless capability to your wired devices or upgrades your older wireless network to Wireless-N performance.  It can operate in either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz radio bands (selectable dual-band), and it is backward compatible with 802.11a/b/g standards.

To set up the Linksys WAP610N, you need to do the following:

i.    Connect the access point to the router
ii.   Obtain the IP Address of the access point
iii.  Access the access point’s web-based setup page
iv.  Set the IP Address of the access point
v.   Configure the wireless settings of the access point

Connect the access point to the router

Connect the access point to your router via Ethernet cable to any of the numbered ports of the router.
 


 

Obtain the IP Address of the access point

This access point doesn’t have a default IP Address.  It obtains an IP Address when it is connected to a DHCP server such as a router.  To obtain your access point’s IP Address information, check your router’s DHCP Client Table.  To learn how, click here.

NOTE:  If you are using a non-Linksys router, refer to your router documentation for support.

Once you have checked the access point’s IP Address, you should now be able to access its web-based setup page and configure the necessary settings.

Access the access point’s web-based setup page

To configure the access point, follow the instructions below:

Step 1:
Launch your web-browser and enter the IP Address of the access point in the Address bar.

Step 2:
Leave the User name blank and enter “admin” in the Password field.  Then, click OK.

 


 

Set the IP Address of the access point

To easily access the access point in the future, set the TCP/IP configuration to Static IP.

Step 1:
On the Access Point IP section, select Static IP.

 


 

Step 2:
Enter your Static IP Address, Subnet Mask and Default Gateway.

 

 
 

QUICK TIP:  Ensure that your Static IP and Default Gateway belongs to the same IP Address range of your DHCP server.

Configure the wireless settings of the access point

Step 1:
Click the Wireless tab then select Manual for Configuration View.

 

 
 

Step 2:
Select your desired Wireless Band.

 

 
 

NOTE:  To learn the difference between 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, click here.

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


QUICK TIP:  This will be the name of the network.


 

Step 4:
Click .

Step 5:
Click on the Wireless Security sub-tab.

 

 
 

Select the Security Mode that you want your access point to have.

a. WPA/ WPA2 Personal
b. WEP

WPA/ WPA2 Personal

For optimum Wireless-N performance, it is recommended to use WPA Personal or WPA2 Personal Security Mode.

Step 1:
Select WPA Personal or WPA2 Personal and enter your desired Passphrase.

 

 
 

Step 2:
Click .

WEP

QUICK TIP:  This is only applicable if you are using older computers which do not support WPA Personal or WPA2 Personal Security mode.

Select WEP on Security Mode and follow the steps below:

Step 1:
Enter your 10 or 26-hex digit key in Key 1.

 

 
 

QUICK TIP:  The length of the WEP Key depends on the Encryption you choose.  You can set a 10-digit key for 40 / 64-bit (10 hex digits) or a 26-digit key for 104 / 128-bit (26 hex digits).

Step 2:

Click .


The access point should now broadcast a wireless signal that will enable your wireless devices to connect to the network.


Related Article:

Connecting wireless computers to your network

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