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How to change the router into an access point

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I have Internet Cable connected to  DLink  Dir-825 having an IP Address of 192.168.0.1 and DSL connected to Dlink-655 which also has access point Dlink DAP-1522 to extend its wired and wireless range. Now I want to extend the range of the internet cable as well. The expensive way out is to buy an another access point like Dlink DAP-1522 but I have knowlege that a router can be converted into an acess point or a bridge. I have an old router  Linksys WRT54GS. How to conver tthat router into an acess point/bridge. First of all I have changed the IP Address of the WRT54GS from the default  192.168.1.1 to 192.168.1.3 because my DSL modem ZXDSL 831  has the same IP Address viz 192.168.1.1. However I want the router WRT54GS to work as an access point with the router Dir-825.    
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Due to some strange quirk I cannot no longer access the WRT54G whose IP address I changed from 192.168.1.1 to 192.168.1.3. I cannot access the Dir-655 whose IP I changed from 192.168.0.1 to 192.168.1.2. The only router which I can access is Dir-825 whose IP I did not change. This is very strange and paradoxable. How to access these routers first. Go to factory reset? But why on earth it has happened?
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connect the PC/laptop to the WRT54G by myself. Give it a static IP of  192.168.1.20.
Then try to log in to the web console via http.

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I inadverdently put the DSL cable modem RJ-45 into one of the four ports of the router Dir-655 instead of the internet port. I corrected the fault and now Dir-655 is accessible by typing its IP Address. However The WRT54G is giving an unindentified network. May be the leads!
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power cycle the WRT and make sure its connected via the four ports and not the internet port.
Then ping the WRT
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Pinging the WRT54 so far has not yielded any positive response
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Make sure there are no Ip conflicts. Add a unit at a time one by one. Then at the end do your 54g. Don't move to the next unit without pinging and getting a response :)
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By resetting the WRT54GS I can ping it to its default 192.168.1.1. But instead of going to its web interface it goes to its Management Mode Firm Ware Upgrade. I upgraded to the latest firmware but then it again goes to Management Firm Ware Upgrade. Perhaps the upgrade should not have been from its US website?
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From what I understand - your configuration is:

DSL internet -> ZXDSL modem -> Dlink 655 -> Dlink DAP 1522

Cable internet -> Cable modem -> Dlink DIR 825 -> WRT54GS

Is this correct?

If your DSL modem is doing NAT and giving you the 192.168.x.x IP, then all other devices must have NAT disabled and set to bridge mode.
Same goes for your cable. But if your cable modem is NOT NATing, enable it on the D-Link DIR 825, then set the WRT as an access point. Don't use the same IP twice, and put the default gateway to the NAT device.



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Having two routers one for DSL and one for Cable is a little complex and then add an acess point which becomes a bit more complex and then adding another router which is to be converted into an acess point even more complicates the  issue not exactly meant for the layman or the housewife. I managed to access the WRT54GS after all by pressing the restart button again and again. If anybody still wants to convert the WRT router into an acess point  what  Kris has said is fine
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This is the way to go to convert it into an access point
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