This is from a PowerPoint presentation I gave to a computer class in college. It looks difficult, but if you follow it, you can make it work. I was using two Linksys WRT54G routers, one with DD-WRT firmware loaded.
Adding on to your home network
You can add a wireless access
point in your house.
Log on to your original router.
Make a note of the IP address
and subnet mask.
This should be 192.168.1.1 and
255.255.255.0 for most of us.
Hard reset your new router.
With the unit powered on, press and hold the reset button on back of unit for 30 seconds
Without releasing the reset button, unplug the unit and hold reset for another 30 seconds
Plug the unit back in STILL holding the reset button a final 30 seconds.
Unplug your router and plug in
the wireless access point.
Log in to this router with the
same IP address as your first
Configuration:Basic Setup Tab.
WAN connection type: Disabled.
Local IP address: 192.168.1.2.
You want this to be different than
your primary router and out of the
Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0.
Same as the primary router.
Basic Setup Tab.
IMPORTANT: DISABLE DHCP.
Also, uncheck DNSmasq options.
OPTIONAL: Setup the Gateway and
DNS addresses to match the
primary router’s IP address.
SAVE: Be sure to save or your settings
will be lost when you change screens.
Configuration (continued): Wireless -> Basic Settings.
Wireless Mode: Client Bridge.
Wireless Network Name (SSID).
Network Configuration: Bridged.
Configuration: (con’t)Wireless -> Wireless Security.
When choosing your security type,
keep in mind that your clients must
also support that type of security!!
Security Mode: WPA2.
WPA Algorithm: AES.
WPA Shared Key: >8 characters.
Write down your shared key. You will
need it to set up your client devices.
Configuration: (con’t)Services -> Services
These settings are optional however
I had to make these changes to
make my system work.
ttraff Daemon: Disable
Configuration: (con’t)Administration -> Management
(Recommended) Info Site Password
Unhook your wireless access point.
Plug your primary router back in.
Set up your WAP where you are
going to be using it.
I have mine behind my TV.
Connect any LAN wires you need
Now it is time to setup your clients
to your WAP.
I chose to set mine up with static
addresses so I would know what
My settings are:
If I add anymore games, I would put them in the 192.168.1.2X range.
Next, you will need to set your Default
Gateway to the IP address of your
primary router. 192.168.1.1
You will also need to setup the DNS
address. If you have COX, it will be
something like 184.108.40.206.
Now it is time to test.
Hopefully everything works on the first
try. However, that usually isn’t the
case with these kinds of home projects.
This is how I made mine work. Yours
may take a little finesse to make it
Also, make sure to pick up your mess.
I know at this point I had things moved and