I've got two linksys Wireless G routers networked.
The first, a WRT54GS is hooked up to my Toshiba cable modem.
The second, a WRT54G I assigned as an access point. It is wired to
the network and connected to a PS3 at the other end of house.
I was also using it as wireless extender at that end of house,
successfully without problems.
When I set up I wasn't using security settings but have recently
re-established WPA PSK security on the primary router which means the
extender is no longer working as wireless access point with a laptop
on which I reset the profile to WPA-PSK. I figured I could wire the
extender up to laptop and establish security settings identical to the
primary router, but can't figure out how to do this without resetting
I unplugged the primary router, plugged in the extender to modem and
computer and tried to log into it to add wireless security but can't
log into the settings to save my neck. I was sure I knew the address,
http://192.168.1.2 for example, but nothing works. Am I gonna have to
reset this using the original linksys setup disk?
Is there an easy way to do this? Thanks in advance.
OK. It's a bit confusing to me, but it seems you are saying that you
want to enable wireless security for your second Linksys which is
acting as an AP and switch ?
And you want it to have the same settings as the router's wireless
security so that you can roam from one to the other ?
To change the settings on the second Linksys, disconnect it from
Connect an ethernet cable from one of it's LAN (not WAN) ports to a
computer and try connecting at the address you have previously
assigned it by typing it into your browser. If this does not work,
ping that address to make sure it's not a browser issue. If that does
not work, try 192.168.1.1.
If none of that works, reset the unit (use a pen on the tiny reset
button, forget the disk) and then connect at it's default address of
192.168.1.1. Setting it up again should not be that difficult. It's
only an AP. Assign an address again, tell it where the gateway is,
turn off the router part / firewall. Once that's all done and it's
working again as before, go to the newly re-assigned address via the
same LAN port and add security.
There is no reason to connect it to the modem.
You can give it the same SSID and security settings as the router, but
assign a different channel.
If he sets it up as a repeater I dont believe he has to have security
on it. What ever it receives it just passes on.
I was playing with one running DD-WRT as a repeater a few weeks ago
and I am pretty sure I didnt have to set security on it.
Yes, but he is using it in the AP mode, I believe. Cabled to the
The terms are confusing- range extender can be used for repeater, but
I think they also market APs as extenders. Makes sense in a way, but
fails to differentiate.
In fact many APs are now including WDS functions so they can extend
your range either way.
Seems that most people here are in agreement that AP is the superior
approach whenever possible.
I really like having my repeater. I can move it around to fill in the
holes as needed. For example, I get place it on my back porch and have
access on my laptop from anywhere in the back yard or place it in my
garage to have connection when I am in my RV.
Thanks for the help. I had to reset the second router (one being
used as access point), in order to get back into the settings and add
security. Only odd problem that I keep having is this:
I reset the access point to 192.168.1.2 and added wpa-psk wirelsss to
match the primary router and turned off dhcp. It worked fine
afterwards as a wireless extender and as wired access point for my
Odd thing is that once I'm done, I am unable to log back into the
settings for the access point (via ethernet to LAN port). If I ever
want to make changes again, it looks like I have to go through the
reset procedure again. This was what had me stuck to begin with.
Don't know why this should be.
Thanks again for the initial assistance. ** Posted from