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Use a Second Router as an Access Point

Let’s call our main router OBAMA (this is the router that is connected to the
modem) and PALIN (the second router that you want to add to you existing
network to increase your wireless range).

A: Note the Settings of the Main Router
Step 1: First we need to determine the IP address and the Subnet Mask of
OBAMA, our existing router.
Open the command prompt in Windows, run the command “ipconfig /all” and
note the value of “Default Gateway.” That your router’s IP address. If you are
on a Mac, open the Terminal window, type the command “route -n get
default” and make a note of the gateway value.

For this example, let’s assume your router’s IP address is and the
Subnet Mask is

Step 2: Open your web browser and type the router’s IP address into the
address bar. If you are using IE, you might want to add http:// to the address
else IE may throw an error.
You’ll now have to provide the user name and password for accessing the
router settings. This will vary depending on your router’s manufacturer – just
Google for “<brand name> default router password” or try the standard
combinations like admin/admin, admin/password and admin/<blank> (no

Step 3: Once you are inside the router settings, switch to Wireless Settings
and make a note of the Wireless mode, the SSID and the channel.
If you have protected your Wi-Fi with a password, also note down the security
mode used (WPA, WEP or WPA2) and your secret passphrase. Close the
browser window.

Now connect the PALIN router to your computer using the Ethernet cable. you need to change the values of the Wireless mode. the channel.168.1 which is the default for Netgear and D-Link routers. If you are not using a Linksys router.168.168. Then go to Setup – > Advanced routing and change the current mode from Gateway to Router.1. Once you are in the router settings. You make use a different SSID name for this router.1 – the default internet IP address of your PALIN router. Make sure the router is powered on.168. Your main OBAMA Router probably has five (1+4) . Next disable DHCP Server since our main OBAMA router will handle the task of assigning IP addresses to devices connecting to the wireless network.B: Configure the Second Router Step 4: Next we need to configure PALIN. Step 5: Open the browser again and type 192. try C: Connect the Two Routers with a Cat-5 Cable Now that we have configured the routers. Save the router settings. For instance. you can safely assign 192. Also make sure that the Subnet mask is the same as determined in Step 1. our second router.2 to PALIN. First reset the routerto factory defaults by hard-pressing the reset button for about 10 seconds.30. change the IP address of the PALIN router to any free address in your LAN. it’s time to connect them with a physical Ethernet cable. if the IP address of OBAMA router is 192. Finally. the security mode and the passphrase such that they match with your OBAMA router. Put one end of the cable in any of the LAN ports available on the router and the other end in your computer’s Ethernet port.

you can connec connectt your computer and mobile devices to the second router using either a wired connection (the three ports are still free) or over Wi-Fi. photos. all your shared folders.ports – the WAN port (or the Internet port) should be connected to the ISP modems as before. That’s it. Now that everything is setup. Pick any of the available available LAN ports on the router and connect it to any of the LAN ports on the PALIN router using an Ethernet cable. . Wi Fi. music libraries. Since everything is part of the same home network. and other files will wil be accessible from all computers and mobile devices that are connected to the network.