Make router an access point

Hello,

I have 2 routers and I would like to make one of them an access point.

1. Primary Router (DHCP, WPA2 encryption, Firewall, 802.11G, VoIP through T-Mobile, etc.)
Model: Linksys wrtu54g-tm

2. Secondary Router (Access Point)
Model: Belkin n+ f5d8235-4 v2

I think I need to make the Belkin router the access point because I use the Linksys for home phone calls.

I tried clicking the "Make this an accesspoint" link in the interface of the Belkin and assigning a static IP but it didn't seem to connect to the network and begin routing traffic from the internet.

Any assistance that can be provided would be appreciated.

Thanks.
baxleybAsked:
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muralimanohardrCommented:
Hi put a static ip address thats fine, have u checked wether it propagates a DHCP or it acts as a DHCP relay agent.

If it acts as a DHCP Server there will be Problem Change it to DHCP Relay.
It may Work..
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baxleybAuthor Commented:
I know for sure I turned off DHCP on the access point router. I will check on the DHCP relay option and get back to you.

Does the Belkin n+ f5d8235-4 router have a DHCP relay option?

Thanks.
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Justin EllenbeckerIT DirectorCommented:
A lot of times you do not need to make it a relay if it is on the same network as the DHCP server.  Yes making it something like 192.168.1.2 and making sure that tHat IP address is excluded from the linksys DHCP and then you also want to make sure you are not plugged into the wan port on the belkin, only have things plugged into the lan port.  Then turn off DHCP on the belkin and that should be all there is to it.
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baxleybAuthor Commented:
i thought i did all of that, but will check again.

Do I need to broadcast the SSID on the Belkin and also enable Wireless WAP as well?

In order to test I would assume that I should be able to connect directly to the Belkin router with the same SSID and WAP key as the Linksys, right?
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Justin EllenbeckerIT DirectorCommented:
Yes you should be able to make the SSIDS and the security keys identical on both of them.  You can though however for testing make them different so you know which one you are connecting to.  If you have broadcast one you should have it on the other as a rule of thumb.
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baxleybAuthor Commented:
StrifeJester,

I tried these suggestions and no success yet. I also tried the feature to make this router an access point and that didn't work.

I'll try a few other things and let you know.

Thx
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MadretardedCommented:
make sure you plug  an ethernet port from router 1 into any port other than the WAN in port on router 2. You also need to make sure you assign both routers the same ESSID, and if im not mistaken the channels dont really matter. This should solve your problem.
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baxleybAuthor Commented:
Hi Madretarded,

I am pretty sure that will work. I was trying to position the routers independently away from each other, but I will give this a try.

Thanks.
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