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Configuring your Belkin wireless router as an access point through the web-based setup page

What is it for?

Configuring your Belkin wireless router as an access point is useful in situations where you want to expand your network using your extra Belkin router.  

Before you begin:
  • Connect your computer to the router which you will configure as an access point.  Make sure that it is powered ON. 
QUICK TIP:  The LED on the port of the router will flash once an Ethernet cable is connected properly.
 
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  • By configuring a wireless router to serve as an access point, the Internet port on the router should no longer be used.  All Ethernet cables being used need to be plugged into ports 1-4.
  • See to it that you have a working Internet connection.  Otherwise, contact your Internet Service Provider for more details.
Follow the procedures below to set up your router as an access point:

NOTE:  The steps shown below may not be applicable to some Belkin router models.
 
There are two (2) ways you can configure your router as an access point.
 
i.  Use as Access Point option
ii.  Disabling the DHCP Server

 
Use as Access Point option
 
Step 1:
Open a web browser to access the router's web-based setup page.  For instructions on how to access the router's web-based setup page using a Windows® computer, click here.  If you're using a Mac® computer, click here.


Step 2:
Go to Wireless > Channel and SSID and configure your AP's wireless network name (SSID).

NOTE:  To configure your network's security, go to Wireless > Security.  Ensure to always save settings before proceeding to the next step.


Step 3:
Once the wireless settings have been configured, go to the Wireless section, click Use as Access Point.
 
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NOTE:  If your router does not have this option, do the instructions for Disabling the DHCP Server instead.

Step 4:
Select Enable.

 
NOTE:  This will give you the option to set the IP Address and Subnet mask for the router.  These settings should match your existing network settings.
 
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Step 5:
Enter a unique IP Address that is not in use.

 
NOTE:  The IP Address of your Belkin router should be within the same range of the main router.  By default, the IP address is set to 192.168.2.254 and the Subnet mask is 255.255.255.0.
 
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Step 6:
Click Image.

Step 7:
Using an Ethernet cable, wire your Secondary Router / access point to your Main Router through the LAN ports of both devices.
 
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Step 8:
Connect your wireless devices to your new wireless connection.  You should have now successfully configured your Belkin router as an access point. 

QUICK TIP:  Disabling its router capabilities will solve the double NAT issues encountered when you connect a router to another router.  For more information on the NAT type issues, click here.
 
Disabling the DHCP Server

Use this option when your router does not have the Use as Access Point option.
 
Step 1:
Open a web browser to access the router's web-based setup page.  For instructions on how to access the router's web-based setup page using a Windows® computer, click here.  If you're using a Mac® computer, click here.

Step 2:
Go to Wireless > Channel and SSID and configure a unique wireless network name (SSID) from your main router.

NOTE:  To configure your network's security, go to Wireless > Security.  Ensure to always save settings before proceeding to the next step.

Step 3:
Once the wireless settings have been configured, go to the  LAN Setup section, click LAN Settings.
 
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Step 4:
Enter a unique IP Address that is not in use.

NOTE:  The IP Address of your Belkin router should be within the same range of the main router.  By default, the IP Address is set to 192.168.2.254 and the Subnet mask is 255.255.255.0.

 
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Step 5:
To disable the DHCP server, select Off.

 
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Step 6:
Click Image.

 
Step 7:
Using an Ethernet cable, wire your new access point (AP) to your network's router through the LAN ports of both devices.
 
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Step 8:
You should have now successfully configured your Belkin router as an access point.  Connect your wireless devices to your AP's wireless network.  For instructions, click here.
 
QUICK TIP:  Disabling its router capabilities will solve the double NAT issues encountered when you connect a router to another router.  For more information on the NAT type issues, click here.

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