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Setting Up a Wireless Bridge Between your Wireless Router and a Secondary Access Point

Wireless Bridge is a mode in which your wireless router can directly connect to a secondary wireless Access Point.  This feature allows you to expand the range of the wireless network broadcasted by your main wireless router.  This article will guide you on how to set up wireless bridge.

Wireless bridging works with the following models only:
  • Belkin High-Speed Mode Wireless G Router, F5D7231-4
  • Belkin Wireless G Router, F5D7230-4
  • Belkin 54g Wireless Network Access Point, F5D7130
  • Belkin Wireless G Wireless Universal Range Extender, F5D7132
 
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Before proceeding with the steps below, take note of the following:
  • Channel and security settings on the Access Point must be identical to the main router
  • WLAN MAC Address on the bottom label of the Access Point
Step 1:
Connect your computer to the LAN or Ethernet port of the main router.
 
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Step 2:
Launch a web browser like Internet Explorer®.
 
Step 3:
Enter "192.168.2.1" in the Address bar, then press [Enter]
 
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NOTE:  192.168.2.1 is the default IP Address of Belkin routers.  If the default IP Address doesn't work, check your router's IP Address.  For instructions, click here.
 
QUICK TIP:  You may also enter "http://router" in the Address bar to access the router's web-based setup page.
 
You will then be directed to the router's web-based setup page.  If you want to change or configure any settings, you will need to log in with your router's administrator password by clicking on Login at the top-right corner of the page.
 
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Step 4:
Enter your router's Password then click Submit.

NOTE:  If you haven't set up a Password for your router, leave the field blank then click Submit.

 
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Step 5:
Click Wireless Bridging under Wireless.

 
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Step 6:
Click the Enable ONLY specific Access Points to connect. checkbox.
 
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Step 7:
Enter the LAN/WLAN MAC Address of the Access Point in the AP1 fields.
 
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Step 8:
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Step 9:
Place the Access Point within the range of your main router and near the area you want to bridge the wireless network to.

 
Step 10:
Power ON your Access Point.
 

NOTE:  The Wireless Distribution System (WDS) feature is not completely specified in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) or Wi-Fi® standards.  Therefore, interoperability between 802.11 products of different vendors is not guaranteed.


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