Change is the only constant, and we humans always like an upgrade. Upgrade from older equipment to newer ones. Upgrade from lower versions of software to a higher version. Be it in the field of clothing or the gadgets or even any other mode of lifestyle, we are never satisfied when we have an option for upgrade.
The Internet has become a vital part in almost everyone’s life in this century. Nobody can afford to work with a slow internet. In this case, we always look for upgrades and ways to enhance our internet speed. We would never like to miss a chance to upgrade our routers or modems for better and extended connectivity.
But, what would one do with the old router after getting a new one? We can’t just throw it away. But we can reuse it. We can reuse it to increase the extent of the network coverage throughout our home. The best way to reuse an old router is to configure the router to be used as an Access Point.
An access point is a device that allows other wireless devices to connect to it by the means of antennas. The router which needs to be used as an access point is to be connected to a host router. This way you can blanket your home with a wireless network with full coverage.
Many routers have the option to convert it to an access point by selecting just one option. So, that makes it pretty easy. Just select the Access Point mode and you are good to go.
But, not all the routers include this feature and have to be configured manually.
Take care of the following things before you configure your router to an Access Point:
- Disable UPnP.
- Disable DHCP.
- Disable features that depend upon WAN: Virtual Server, SPI and Firewall, Application and Port Forward Rules, Access Control and Web Filters, Time, WISH and WPS.
- Change the IP address of the LAN on your network to an available address.
To begin, you need to know the IP address of the host router.
How to find the IP address of a router:
A. Using Command Prompt:
- Connect the computer to the router with Wi-Fi or network cable.
- While connected, open command prompt either using the search option or following this step:
- Press start+R, this will open run program box.
- Enter “cmd”, and press enter.
- Now, type “ipconfig” in the command prompt and press enter.
- This will display all the required details of the currently connected network.
- Look for “Ipv4 Default Gateway” value which will be the IP address for your router.
B. Using Control Panel:
- Open control panel.
- Click on network and internet settings or network and sharing centre.
- Select the network you are connected to and a popup window will open.
- Select the “advanced” option.
- Look for “Ipv4 Default Gateway” value; this is your required IP address.
Generally, the IP address of the host router has to be in the format 192.168.0.1.
Similarly connect the router that is to be used as the access point to the computer and find its IP address. This IP address is to be used to open the WEB interface of the router to configure it to be used as an access point.
Follow these steps to configure a router to an Access Point:
Open the WEB interface
To open the WEB interface follow these instructions:
- Open your preferred web browser.
- In the URL bar, enter the IP address of the router that is to be used as an access point.
- This will open the WEB interface.
Log In to the Interface
On the log in window input the Username as “ADMIN” and leave the password to be blank or enter the password provided by your service provider. Click ‘log in’ to continue.
This will open the configuration panel. Select the ‘advanced’ option and then ‘advanced settings’.
Now uncheck the Enable UPnP checkbox. Click ‘save settings’ to continue.
Go to the LAN setting section in the Network tab.
Change the IP address of the access point router in the format 192.168.X.Y, where ‘Y’ lies between 2-254.For example, change it to 192.168.0.2. Save the setting and continue. This will reboot the router.
Again get to the configuration panel and Disable/ uncheck the ‘Enable DHCP Server’, checkbox. Click ‘Save Settings’ to continue.
Also ensure that all the options viz. Application and Port Forward Rules, Access control, Virtual Servers, Web Filters, SPI and Firewall, WISH and WPS are disabled as they will no longer be needed while using this mode.
The Ethernet cables connected to the access point router are to be connected using a LAN port. The WAN port is to be left unusable. All the connections are to be made using the LAN ports only. The other 3 LAN ports can be used to connect other computers or devices.
To configure the Access point router for any other changes to be made, use the IP address that you had assigned to the access point router. To use the router as a wireless access point change the network SSID to your preferred SSID. Also change the network security to your desired option.
How to change the network SSID?
- Enter the IP address of the access point router in the URL bar of your preferred browser and get to the login page.
- Login to the WEB interface and click on the advanced tab.
- In the advanced tab select the “wireless” option.
- In the “wireless” option change the network SSID (network name) to your preferred name.
- Change the security mode to any of the security modes listed and save the settings.
This will allow you to use your router as an Access point and enhance the network coverage throughout your room at each and every corner.