I have a problem I encounter on a regular basis. I have an access point with a fixed 192.168.0.x IP address. My network is 192.168.1.x. The problem is when I plug the access point into my network, it is inaccessible. (The workaround: I have to hard wire the access point to my laptop, set up an static 192.168.0.x IP address, modify settings in access point, change my laptop IP address back to automatic...) You see why this is a pain. So here comes my question: Is there a way that 192.168.1.x hosts and 192.168.0.x hosts can communicate with each other on the same network? Is it as simple as changing the subnet mask? Or must I go to the 10.0.x.x IP addresses to be able to use a wider subnet mask? Thanks for your replies in advance, A Confused Networking Amateur
It is completely possible to change your subnet to include 192.168.0.x and 192.168.1.x. The network would be 192.168.0.0/23 and the subnet mask would be 255.255.254.0. You will have to change this on all devices though.
This would probably be the best way without getting into vlans or static routes.
The other option is to see if it is possible to just change the access point's IP address. I've never seen a device that has a fixed IP.