I am having a bit of a problem here. I have a wired network already setup, but would like a way for wireless users to connect to it. I have come across a Netgear wireless router that I would like to use for this.
Now I figured it should be pretty simple. But I am a bit confused. In the router settings there are two options for ip addresses and subnet masks. The first is the Internet IP which lets me enter an IP, subnet mask, gateway, and DNS settings. I set the IP to an unused address and then entered in the subnet mask, gateway, and DNS ip address for those respective servers.
Now there is another option for LAN IP settings. The default IP for this is 192.168.1.1 Now I wanted to change this to match the IP convention used on our network. So I tried changing it to the address I used for the Internet IP setting (I'm not really sure what the difference is between these two).
So I think I'm all set. Then, I plug the router into our network and try connecting via a wireless laptop. I am able to connect to the router and have an IP address assigned from it (I left the router as a DHCP server because we don't have one, all our addresses for wired clients are assigned manually so I figured this would be the easiest way to deal with wireless clients).
Now I can connect to the network wirelessly and I get an IP assigned from the router. I can get on the internet as well and browser to other computers on the network.
The problem is that I cannot reconnect to the router. When I enter in its new IP address in my browser, I can't get to the setup page. I also cannot ping the router.
I tried running a tracert to a random website and it shows that I am indeed going through the router first.
So, what gives? Why can I not get back on to the router?
Any help is appreciated. Thanks.