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Using another Router as an Access Point with the iBoss
Posted by Michael Blank on 19 July 2012 08:40 PM

*This process can only be applied to iBoss units that are firewall/routers.

This process will allow you to extend the wireless range of your network. This is ideal for households and businesses that wish to have a wider wireless range. If you have an old router that you have just replaced with the iBoss this is also an ideal use for that old unit. By default the LAN IP address of the iBoss, like many home routers, is 192.168.1.1. This IP address applies to your local area network.

You will need to change the LAN IP address of the your old router to 192.168.1.2,3,4...99 This will allow you to place this router on the network without causing any IP address conflicts. (This can usually be done by plugging directly into the other router and logging into the interface through its IP address, then change its IP address through the LAN settings page.) 
***You will also need to disable the DHCP server on this router. We will let the iBoss do the DHCP on your network.

After you have changed the LAN IP address and disabled the DHCP server of the other router you may then connect the other router to the iBoss. For this to work these two routers must be connected in this way: LAN port 1 needs to be connected to one of the LAN ports of the iBoss. We will not use the internet (or WAN) port of the other router. After you have completed the above steps and both routers are powered on you should be able to access either unit wirelessly and still access the internet.

Some tweaking may be needed to improve the usability of the wireless signal.
(Home->Setup Network Connection->Configure Wireless Settings)

Normally the 'ESSID:' can and should be the same in the two routers. Set the 'Channel Number:' in the two devices differently (and preferably a difference of at lease 2). Also ensure the wireless 'Encryption:' is set the same on both devices. This configuration will allow your computers to see both wireless signals as the same network.

If the above preferred configuration doesn't work for you...
The two devices can be configured with different ESSIDs and you will have to select between them (i.e. Wireless-front and Wireless-back).


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