I wish to turn my TP-Link wireless router into an access point but can't figure out how to do it. I have tried several times but without any success. I request you to kindly help me solve this issue.
Setting up your TP-Link router as an access point is simple as you only need to copy all the settings of your main router with a few changes. I will discuss those changes here, so make sure to follow the instructions carefully:
Make note of your main router's IP address, login details, and the wifi password.
1. Connect your TP-Link router to your computer using an ethernet cable in the proximity of your main router.
2. Open your web browser and type in your local IP address in the URL field, this will redirect you to the login page.
Note: If you do not know how to find the local IP, click here.
3. Login to your TP-link router by entering the username and password in their respective fields to get access to the main router settings page.
4. Once on the main settings page, click on wireless/LAN/Internet settings. On the main Window, first disable the DHCP settings, as this router will catch a signal from the main router and act as an access point.
5. Now, in the IP address field, manually enter the IP address, it will be in the same range as your main router. If your main router's IP address is 192.168.0.0 then your TP-Link router's IP address should be 192.168.0.1. Save the settings.
6. Change the security settings on the lines of your main router, i.e the username, password, encryption and all other details will be same. Save the settings.
7. Now unplug the router from your computer and set it in a room where the range is low. Now your TP-Link router will act as an access point and catch the signal from the main router. It will then broadcast this signal for better connectivity.
I would disable DHCP on the TP-Link router (assuming you already have your main router dishing out DHCP to network clients). I would then configure the LAN side of the router with an IP address in the same subnet as the existing network. Only you'll want to use an IP that's not within the DHCP scope. Then configure your wireless network (WLAN) and use WPA encryption and a complex password for the SSID. Finally connect a LAN port on the TP-Link to a LAN port on the main router and it should work. Let's say your exising router is setup as follows: LAN IP: 192.168.0.1 Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0 DHCP Enabled = Yes DHCP Scope = 192.168.0.100 to 192.168.0.199 Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0 Default Gateway = 192.168.0.1 DNS 192.168.0.1 On the LAN side of the TP-Link I would assign: IP: 192.168.0.10 SM: 255.255.255.0 DG: 192.168.0.1 DNS: 192.168.0.1 Plug in LAN to LAN from TP-Link to main router and connect a PC to another LAN Port on the TP-Link and test. Does your computer get a proper TCP/IP settings from DHCP? Can it surf the web? If yes to both configure the WLAN. If no you messed something up and you need to reset the TP-Link and go through the setup again. For more info on connecting the second router click on my name above in my response and read my "how-to" guide titled: "Adding a second router to your LAN" You'll want the "LAN to LAN" scenario as I've already said.
The connection of my DSL router to the internet is PPPoe as what the ISP is provided for the internet connection. I just read that in order to connect the AP (access point) you need to set it as DHCP. By the way I bought TP-LINK TL-WR941ND Wireless N Router. You won't touch any of the settings in the router/modem that controls how you connect to your DSL provider. You will only look at the settings that assign IP addresses to your client computers. There should be a range as I posted in my previous reply. The only way to add access points is to have them outside of the DHCP range. The access point will not assign any IP addresses - it will have DHCP turned off. There are many guides on how to use a router as an access point. If you google for "using router as access point" you will find a ton of webpages. Read some of the guides and you should be good to go.
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