If you have upgraded to new model of Wi-Fi router and don’t know what to do with your old router, here is a plan. Will Smith in his project has turned an old router into a wireless access point, which is extremely simple and only takes about 15 minutes to expand the wireless network’s coverage area. This could be used in the dead area of your house that is where Wi-Fi is not available.
The main attraction of this experiment is that you don’t need any third-party firmware and you can start with the old router with a connection to your new router. You can also use school wired Ethernet or use powerline networks to bridge the wireless divide.
A PC is connected to the old router and the switch is made from router to AP with the help of some stuffs. Everything is done in the right order or it end up with the router in a state that makes it difficult to connect to. The easiest way to detect the working on the right router is to disconnect the laptop from Wi-Fi and plug it directly into the router’s LAN ports.
The access point settings is matched to the new router by logging into the router’s administration settings and making some adjustments to the SSID, WPA settings, encryption type. Next, DHCP on the AP’s LAN interface is disabled by browsing to the network or LAN section in configuration and disabling it. Any failure while disabling causes serious configuration problems on network and all the computers connected to it will stop working properly.
After disabling DHCP, the LAN interface is reconfigured to use a private local IP address that won’t conflict with the router. The reserved range is found out for the new router with the help of another computer and visit its configuration screen. The address chosen for the AP must be outside the range of that the new router assigns to DHCP clients.
If you get the wrong IP then the network will become very unreliable. Other information is also filled in a few other settings to tell the new AP about the connection to the Internet, namely DNS server, default gateway, and subnet mask.
The router or the access point can be rebooted and can be plugged into the LAN using the router’s LAN ports and you can enjoy having Wi-Fi in an otherwise dead portion of your home
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