I have a fios router in my basement with wires that connect to it running all throughout my house. At the ends of each of these wires are ethernet outlets (not sure if that's the technical term, but I mean this) where I can plug in an ethernet cable and then connect my computer. I want to set up a second router (Linksys ea3500) as a wireless access point. Meaning I want the network to look something like this:
===cable===[fios box]~~~~[ethernet outlet]~~~ethernet cable~~~>[linksys] <))) wifi
I hope that ascii diagram was clear enough. Anyway, I started by connecting my linksys router with my laptop, and at this point neither were connected to the internet. I opened up the linksys router settings at
192.168.1.1 and selected
Bridge Mode. Just after that I was booted off the page and it said that I can access the router settings via its network IP (presumably the one the fios router will give it). Fine. Then I connect my linksys router to my ethernet outlet and pop open the Fios router page
192.168.1.1 and view my network. I see that my linksys router has been given the IP
192.168.1.9 but it is offline and ping does not work. I tried connecting the ethernet cable both to the WAN port on my Linksys and to the first LAN port. Nothing seemed to help to bring it online.
So my two questions:
What am I missing here / how can I bring it online?
I understand that in a simple one-router setup the WAN port is for the cable bringing internet into the house and then the other devices connect on the LAN ports. What about for this second Linksys router? Should the ethernet cable connected to the outlet that is connected to Fios be plugged in to the WAN port on the Linksys or a LAN port on the Linksys? I would like a clear explanation on this, but for the purposes of the first question, neither worked.