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Turn WRT into access point

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by gurulegend, Oct 3, 2005.

  1. gurulegend

    gurulegend Guest

    I'm having a ton of trouble turning my WRT in to an access point.

    I want the WRT to forward all data from its WAN port to wireless, but retain the ability to configure the device.

    I've currently changed the mode to Router from Gateway, turned off the DHCP server, and connected everything to the LAN ports. This works fine, but loses the ability for me to configure the device at all because the WRT doesn't get an IP address (it becomes a switch).

    Basically I want to be able to have a laptop on wireless and connect to my school network's DHCP server to get my IP and DNS. I also still want to be able to give the WRT an IP address so that I can configure it from somewhere.

    Any ideas? Thanks.
  2. cgondo

    cgondo Network Guru Member

    try not changing into router mode. I have many wireless routers and to get it into an access point mode i just simply turn of DHCP and connect to lan port. And i can still access the config page
  3. MarkInDavis

    MarkInDavis Network Guru Member

    If everything is connected to the LAN port, it doesn't matter if your router is set to gateway, router, or anything else. You should be able to assign an ip address to the router you want to be an access point in the router's configuration on the basic setup page under Network setup - router ip. I think you are confusing your router's ip address with your internet ip address. The Internet setup information for the router being used as an access point is meaningless as long as nothing is connected to Inernet/WAN port.
    If you already have another router connected to your network, you may need to temporarily disconnect one pc from the network, connect it directly to the router you want to be an access point and access it at its initial Then change its default ip address to something like Rewire everything back the way you want it. From that point forward, the router acting as an access point can be reached at and yor other router is still

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