Would like to add Wireless connectivity to current Network

We have a network with a active domain controller. (SonicWall) I have an old Linksys WRT54G Router and three WAP54G Access points that I need to place around the office to get a good signal through out the building. All I am trying to share is Internet access to wireless devices Such as iPads and iPhones.  Can someone help with turning off the DHCP on the Router so it will give me the proper MAC address to give to the AP so the AP can be used as a repeater? Then as I said, I need to place two other AP around the Building. Do those devices get the MAC from the router or the closest AP in order to keep repeating the same signal?
Thank you for any help with this project
akersrus101Asked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
For the Linksys WRT54G Router, log into the router, go to the Setup Tab and then Network Setup. DHCP is in there to enable/disable and set up. The other access points should be similar.

Turn DHCP OFF,  hook up a LAN port (not WAN port) on the router to your network, and give the router a static IP address on your network. The access points should again be similar.

For a small network like this, keep the wireless SSID's the same. You can try the same channel to see if that works. Then devices will pick up from the closest point. If they leave, they should disconnect and connect to the new closest point. This is not roaming, so devices will lose connection as they change from one point to another. Sometimes it appears seamless and sometimes not.


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kadafitcdCommented:
To turn off DHCP on the Router is simple.  Connect it to a computer.  Log in to the web console.  Default is 192.168.1.1 Username: blank(empty) Password: admin.  

On the basic setup screen you will see a checkmark box for DHCP.  Just uncheck it and DHCP will be off.  But make sure to set your IP address before clicking apply.  Set it to a known open IP address in your network and make sure to write it down. Then click apply and your router will no longer use DHCP.

Here is all the steps needed to setup your WAP54G as a wireless repeater.  http://kb.linksys.com/Linksys/ukp.aspx?pid=80&vw=1&articleid=231

You use the WRT54G's MAC on ALL of the repeaters.
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akersrus101Author Commented:
what about the internet setup. it is defaulted to (Automatic Configuration-DHCP).
Do I want to mess with this?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You are turning DHCP OFF on the access points, so devices will get DHCP from the main network and then Internet. Leave devices as Automatic DHCP. I do this in a number of small networks and it works fine.

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akersrus101Author Commented:
One more thing, Where do I find the correct MAC address in the Linksys router?
From what I understand there are three Addresses involved and I am not sure which one I am looking for. and how is it labled?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
The MAC address for the Linksys Router will be on a sticker on the router (back or bottom). You should not need the MAC address for anything. It does not add much if anything to security so just leave it be. It should also not be changed.

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akersrus101Author Commented:
Sorry, I did not ask that correctly. The AP asks for a MAC in the repeater setup. That is the MAC address I am referring too.
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kadafitcdCommented:
Yes setting up the WAP54G as a repeater REQUIRES a MAC address from the original Wireless source.  

You need to use the WIRELESS MAC ADDRESS.  Not the Hardware MAC or the LAN MAC.  The one on the sticker will not be the Wireless MAC Address you need to get it from the web console under wireless status.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I did not ask that correctly  - Yes, it was not clear.

the Wireless MAC Address you need to get it from the web console under wireless status.

Yes. Thanks.

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akersrus101Author Commented:
Thank you for all your help. I have setup one router and 4 repeaters
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akersrus101Author Commented:
Everyone that posted  answers here was helpful
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@akersrus101 - Thanks and I was happy to help.

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kadafitcdCommented:
Thanks and I was happy to help.
Ditto
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