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Turning Linksys e4200 router into an access point?

Cisco Linksys e4200 wireless n router
January 22, 2012 at 15:38:50
Specs: Windows 7, Intel Core i7
Hello everyone, haven't posted in a while but this website is always super-helpful so hope someone can answer the following for me.

I have broadband internet coming into 1 room of my home. The internet goes through a router I have set up, its a Linksys WRT54G2 (router #1), Firmware version 1.0.04. Everything on this works fine, I'm able to get my TV and laptop in a different room to access the router wirelessly without any inconvenience.

In another room I have a regular desktop computer which I would like to get internet on. As well as other devices, so I purchased another router, this time a Linksys E4200 (router #2) in hopes of turning it into an access point.

Now I've set up LAN's in the past, using the actual cable plugged into the second router, problem is in this scenario I can't run a cable over to router #2. Both computers use Windows 7. Both router's drivers and firmware have been updated on the Linksys page, all my Windows drivers are updated, etc.

If someone can provide a basic step by step on how to set this up, I really would appreciate it. FYI, I checked the forums for similar questions and although there are some, they date back to 2009 as well as Google which has some websites dating back to 2006! While useful, I wasn't able to find something that details how to solve my problem.

Thanks again in advance.

P.S. I've already gone into router #2 and changed the router's IP to and also turned DHCP off, problem is, once I take that router off into the other room, it doesnt connect to primary network or allow devices to even "see" router #2.

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January 23, 2012 at 05:18:59
Why make things difficult for yourself? While a second router can be made to work, it's far from simple. Just buy a wireless card for the desktop PC. This will allow you to connect the PC wirelessly to router #1 just like all your other wireless devices.

Keep router #2 as a spare or sell it.

If you'd bought a wireless card in the first place, it would have cost much less than another router.

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January 23, 2012 at 07:23:34
If you're trying to connect the downstream router (#2) wirelessly to the upstream you're going to have to set one of the two in bridge mode and connect it.

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How charged with punishments the scroll,
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I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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