Solved Configure Belkin N150 router to function as Access Point

Custom / Bitfenix prodigy
January 29, 2014 at 15:13:56
Specs: Windows 7 Enterprise SP1, Core i5 / 16GB
I have a Belkin N300 Router. It's working great. I WANT to connect a Belkin N150 to it as an additional access point in a room way down the hall that has crappy signal.

So, I run a cord, and I plug the N150 into the N300 using one of the the N150's LAN ports. I connect to the N150's interface. Can get to the router config page, but not online.

1. I turn off DHCP on the N150. Reboot router. Can't reconnect. Reset it.

2. Go in. I find access point setting. "Use as access point?" I click yes. It restarts. Can't reconnect. Reset it.

3. Go back in again. Set IP to 192.168.3.1 (the N300 is at 192.168.2.1). I turn off DHCP. Reboot. Can't reconnect. Reset it.

I spent an hour fighting with this thing. How can I set it up as a simple switch/access point? This is insane. I am losing it.

Thanks in advance.


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#1
January 29, 2014 at 15:58:28
this briefly describes a wifi approach:

http://www.ehow.co.uk/how_8503976_t...

I think it may help you see what to enter where... - if using wifi approach - common ssid/password not the least...

But this how to from Belkin is more detailed and offers both cat-5 approach and wifi...

http://www.belkin.com/us/support-ar...

I've never gone the route of bridging etc. so this a wee learning curve for me too; and useful too.


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#2
January 29, 2014 at 21:20:59
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3. Go back in again. Set IP to 192.168.3.1 (the N300 is at 192.168.2.1). I turn off DHCP. Reboot. Can't reconnect. Reset it.

This is your problem 192.168.3.1 and 192.168.2.1 are completely separate networks (if you're using the following Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0) and as such, can't "speak" to each other.

Try this instead, change the N150's LAN IP to: 192.168.2.2 and see if that doesn't get it working properly.

I selected 2.2 because most SOHO router's have IP's between .100 and .200 reserved for their DHCP scope.

.2 would be outside that scope (therefore ruling out a potential duplicate IP) yet still within the same subnet (network) as the N300 router (192.168.2.1)

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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