Here are the guidelines to set up an access point.
Step 1:Connect the router to your existing router via an Ethernet cable.
Step 2:Attach the new router’s (to be used as AP) power cable to the rear Power port and wall electrical outlet.
Step 3:Wait until the device initializes. Enter the AP router’s IP address in your web browser's address bar and press Enter.
Step 4:For example, the IP address might be ‘192.168.1.15.’ When you press the Enter key, you will be prompted by the webpage to enter your AP router’s username and password. By default, they are ‘admin’ and ‘admin,’ or ‘admin’ and ‘password.' In some AP routers, you only need to enter ‘admin’ in the password field and leave the username field blank. Click OK or Log In.
Step 5:Once the AP router’s webpage loads, click the Wireless tab.
Step 6:Enter your Wi-Fi password in the ‘Passphrase’ field and save the settings. The access point is now enabled, and your network has an extended coverage area.
Step 7:You can connect your mobile devices to either the router or the access point, depending on where you use the mobile device. (Near the router or access point.)
HOW TO SETUP A WIRELESS ACCESS POINT
Here are the guidelines to set up a wireless access point on your router.
Step 1:Connect the router (to be used as an access point) and computer by using an Ethernet cable. Make sure that the Ethernet cable from the computer is connected to one of the LAN ports on your router.
Step 2:Attach the power cable to this router and wait until the device powers on and initializes. Enter this router’s IP address in the web browser’s address bar and press Enter.
Step 3:You can find this router’s(which is going to be set up as the access point) IP address mentioned on its label. It is also mentioned in the router’s user manual.
Step 4:Once you enter this IP address and press Enter, the web page prompts you to enter the router’s username and passphrase for security reasons.
Step 5:Enter the router’s default username and password. Click Log in and navigate to the Wireless tab.
Step 6:Set the SSID and password for the router (which is going to act as the AP) and click Apply.
Step 7:Go to the Admin tab and set a new unique password for your access point.
Step 8:Locate the Operation Mode option on the EWS page and click it. Choose ‘Access Point’ mode from the list of options.
Step 9:Make the required changes and click Save.
Step 10:Now the access point has a new SSID and password. Connect another Ethernet cable to the existing router and the WAN/Internet port on the access point.
Step 11:You can use mobile devices now to access the Wi-Fi, both from the router and access point. The wireless network range is substantially increased.
HOW TO SET UP A WIRELESS NETWORK WITH MULTIPLE ACCESS POINTS
Here are the guidelines to set up a wireless network with multiple access points.
Step 1:Each router manufactured today has an access point module inside it, which is why all routers can act as access points, but the reverse is not true.
Step 2:You can use two wireless routers with the same Wi-Fi SSID, preferably hidden, and with at least a 5 radio channel separation to create a wireless network.
Step 3:It is recommended to use routers of the same make and model to ensure better signal transmission and avoid the ping-pong effect. This is when a mobile device or computer jumps back and forth when the user is in the overlap area of these routers’ radio channels.
Step 4:Read on to find out how to create a wireless network with multiple access points without issues.
Step 5:Make sure that your existing router is connected to the internet, and that there is an active internet connection before proceeding.
Step 6:Connect the new router (i.e., access point) to the computer via an Ethernet cable. Log into the AP router by entering its IP address in the address bar and pressing Enter.
Step 7:It is typically ‘192.168.1.1,’ 192.168.0.1,’ 10.0.0.1,’ etc. Enter the AP router’s username and password in the respective fields on the screen. Click Log In.
Step 8:Make sure that you select a wireless channel that is 5 channels away from the existing router’s wireless channel. If the existing router uses channel 1, select channel 6 for this AP router.
Step 9:Set the Wireless network visibility to invisible if you do not want others to see the Wi-Fi SSID on their Wi-Fi network lists. Ensure that you secure this AP router with the WPA 2 Personal security mode. Save the settings.
Step 10:Disconnect this AP router from the computer. Attach an Ethernet cable to the Internet port on the AP router and one of the Ethernet ports on the existing router.
Step 11:The wireless access points are now paired to form a wireless network. You can now connect your mobile device to either the existing router or AP router, depending on which of these devices’ wireless range your device is located.