wireless router acting as access point
Posted on 2011-10-07
my adsl connection is plugged into a wireless router that also acts as the modem, lets call this the "primary", i have a Belkin N wireless router, (lets call this the "Belkin") that i want to connect to the "primary" and have it act as an access point. I have consoled into the "Belkin" and enabled the menu option "use as access point", it then prompts me to set the static IP address which i did, setting it to the same subnet as the "primary". The "primary" is set to 192.168.1.254 and the "Belkin" is set to 192.168.1.1. I have then plugged the "Belkin" router via ethernet into the "primary" using the ethernet ports. With this setup i can still console to the "Belkin" but it must be routing via the "primary". Ideally i wanted the "Belkin" to relay the same SSID as the "primary" as would be possible with WDS but it doesn't look like the router has this ability so instead i set it up with a different SSID. My PC can now see wirelessly both SSID's, the "belkin" SSID signal is strong, i click connect and it prompts for the WPA password but unfortunately it won't connect, it tries and then fails and prompts to troubleshoot (WIN 7). The "wireless" signal on the "Belkin" is not lit up at all and i'm sure this is the problem. The "Belkin" although is a few years old its never been used so i would be very surprised if its a hardware failure.
I simply want the Belkin router to be the wireless router at home but as its not a modem/router i need to plug it into the primary. The belkin is a much better wireless router and produces a stronger more consistent signal.
is there a step i am missing or is there something in the setup that i have done wrong?
Thanks in advance