How to turn your D-Link router into an Access Point / Repeater to extend your wireless coverage

K so I lied kinda.  This article doesn’t show you how to turn it into a repeater (your router must support network bridging for that), but I figured I’d put both names in the title in-case you’re unfamiliar with the differences in terminology (like I was when I started researching this).

Repeater: A device or advanced router that will retransmit the signal from another wireless router.

Internet wired to Modem wired to router.  Router broadcasts to repeater.  Repeater broadcasts to computer.

Access Point: A router (connected to your original network) that broadcasts an entirely new signal, but connecting to it will allow you to access the original network.

Internet wired to modem wired to router wired to another router.  Second router broadcasts to computer.

Instructions
(The following assumes that you already have your modem and router set up, and would like to extend the wireless coverage)
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Step 1: Plug in the new router (the one you will use as the access point) to a electrical outlet, and use a straight-through network cable to hook your computer up to it in one of the LAN slots (1-4).  Note: Do not connect the new router to anything else just yet.  That will come in later steps.

Step 2: Under ‘Network Settings’

Change the IP address of this new router so it is in the same subnet as the main router (I changed mine to 192.168.0.2),  but make sure it does not have the same IP address as the main router.

Note: After doing this, if you type 192.168.0.1 in your browser it will direct you to your main router, and 192.168.0.2 will direct you to this new access point

Ensure it has the same Subnet Mask as the main router (255.255.255.0)

Disable DNS Relay

Disable DHCP Server

Image of Network Settings Page

Image of Network Settings Page

Step 3: Under ‘Wireless Settings’->’Manual Wireless Network Setup’

Wireless Settings Page

Wireless Settings Page

Give your network a name.  This can be the same as your previous wireless network or a new name.  My original router is broadcasting as ‘dlink’ and I called this one ‘Chris’

Set up some sort of security if you would like.

Wireless Setup Page

Wireless Setup Page

Step 4: Reboot your new router to save all the settings.  Now take a straight-through network cable and connect the two routers.  Plug one end into the LAN of the main router (spots 1-4), then plug the other end into the LAN of the new access point (spots 1-4) Do not plug it into WAN of the new access point!!! Although this seems logical, it does not work.

Step 5: Connect to your new router and bask in the glory.

Glory

 

Alternatively, if you get frustrated with this, or if you want to go fully-wireless, here are some decent/cheap access points, extenders, and antennas that I hand-picked from Amazon:

 

 

Resources:
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http://www.dslreports.com/faq/11233

http://www.ezlan.net/router_AP.html

[+ reddit creddit for the comic above]

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Update:
Just moved into a new apartment and realized this works for another scenario: Rogers (and Bell and likely other cable/DSL providers do this as well) gave me an “SMC Networks” brand all-in-one modem / router.  Sweet right?  The problem is that it broadcasts in b and g but not in n (the fastest of them all)!  I mean, n has been out for YEARS and they try to give me a b / g router!?  This is just salt in the wound after Rogers, Bell and the CRTC tried to pass Usage Based Billing [1, 2, 3].    </rant>

What I ended up doing was setting up my D-link as an access point (as described above), plugging it into the SMC modem/router, but disabling wireless broadcasting on the SMC router.  This way, only one wireless signal is being broadcasted and it’s the one in n.

87 Avenue Road

102 Comments

  • Steven
    December 24, 2010 - 3:05 am | Permalink

    The steps seems pretty standard as other articles I’ve searched on the web, the only thing is that I still need to connect the new access point to my main router using a network cable. Do you know how to convert it into a wireless repeater?

    • January 15, 2011 - 1:18 am | Permalink

      You need special hardware to run the 2nd router as a repeater. Chances are your router doesn’t support it unless you bought a really high end one fairly recently. Supposedly you can name the 2nd router by the same network name as the 1st router and it will essentially work the same way, although I haven’t tried that because I feel like it’s a load of BS.

      Hope that helps.

      • Anonymous
        November 29, 2011 - 2:56 pm | Permalink

        Wow! it work, thanks to HCI GUY.
        I was trying set it up for days without success. I called Rogers internet providers and they told me I can’t do that, I only can either change it as bridge or router, can not run on second router from their modern. Man, their technician is suck.

  • January 27, 2011 - 1:46 pm | Permalink

    followed the post and it worked well with D-Link DIR-665, didn’t get originall the point that it is not connected to the WAN port.

    PS at home I use a trendnet wndr3700 and it has a wireless repeater function built in, just in case somebody needs that.

  • Chris Deas
    February 14, 2011 - 4:19 pm | Permalink

    This looks like exactly what I want to do. One question: can I plug other devices into the 3 remaining LAN ports on the 2nd router. i essentially want an access point that supplies wireless and wired connections.

    Thanks for any replies.

    • March 10, 2011 - 10:37 am | Permalink

      Sorry for th delay Chris- yes you certainly can! That is how I am running it. Best of luck.

      • Al
        March 15, 2011 - 5:54 pm | Permalink

        I would like to use my d-link as an access point or repeater. My main computer is on the second floor, the other in the basement. I would like to just plug ( electrically) in this access router on the first floor for more wireless range. Can I do this, because i seem to get drop offs every now and then with only the one router.

        • March 16, 2011 - 8:50 pm | Permalink

          Yep. And I had this exact same setup, for the exact same reason. Follow the steps above, and ask if you run into any problems :)

  • Anonymous
    June 8, 2011 - 12:09 pm | Permalink

    Thank you! I was scouring the net for a solution and only found failures until this!!

  • Matt
    July 16, 2011 - 5:59 pm | Permalink

    How does this help improve your signal if the new router is physically located near the existing router? Is the assumption that the new router you purchase provides a better signal? Or do you guys have the second router hardwired but on a fairly long wire so it’s somewhat further away?

  • July 16, 2011 - 11:13 pm | Permalink

    my main router has a ip of 192.168.1.1, the one im trying to do this with is 192.168.0.1. this isnt working because every time i go to change one of them the subnet mask doesnt match with the computer im trying to do it with….any solutions?

    • August 23, 2011 - 1:34 pm | Permalink

      Yes- plug the computer in directly the the router in question to change the settings. It either requires you taking your laptop there, or moving the router to your comp.. either should be fairly low effort. Sorry for the delayed reply.

  • Anonymous
    August 23, 2011 - 4:03 pm | Permalink

    Thanks. i actually got it to work seconds after asking that. great instructions

  • Anonymous
    September 8, 2011 - 5:37 pm | Permalink

    Awesome. this works great!

  • September 16, 2011 - 6:04 am | Permalink

    thanks so much for this, saved a tone of time!

  • Ken
    September 18, 2011 - 3:59 pm | Permalink

    will i have to open ports in my access router if I have ports open in my main router

    • September 25, 2011 - 6:58 pm | Permalink

      Hmm I hadn’t considered this. My guess is probably- yes. But if you don’t mind, when you try it could you let me know :) ?

  • Anonymous
    September 25, 2011 - 3:24 pm | Permalink

    Thank you! Works perfectly!

  • Anonymous
    September 30, 2011 - 5:34 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much. This was great.

  • Eish
    October 6, 2011 - 4:51 pm | Permalink

    Hi,

    I have a Dlink wireless router in my house (all devices connect fine to this (3 laptops, PS3, 3 iPhone 4′s)) and have connected a Dlink access point about 250ft away in a home cinema room using the method above. I.e hard wired and setup on the same subnet.

    The same laptops connect to the internet and home network just fine through the access point in the home cinema room but for some reason the iPhone 4′s just won’t connect. Always says ‘Failed to join network’.

    The iPhone 4′s work fine on the wireless router in the house.

    I have tried various security settings on the DLink access point but no luck. Had this issue for ages and driving me mad now!

    Both routers are currently set to use WPA-2Auto

    Anyone got any ideas please???

    Thanks

    • October 11, 2011 - 10:12 pm | Permalink

      Weird. I have an iPhone 3 and a iPod touch set up with this ad-hoc access point without any issues. Did you maybe exceed your max # of allowed wireless connections? Anyone else have any ideas?

      • Eish
        October 21, 2011 - 4:27 am | Permalink

        Hi,

        On the router I have allowed ip addresses in the range of 100-199 and even if I disconnect other wireless devices the iphones refuse to connect.

        I’ve looked at the log on the router and I get the following message:

        0day 06:56:34 wlan0: A STA is rejected by 802.1x daemon – 90:27:E4:39:FE:98
        0day 06:56:36 wlan0: WPA2-AES PSK authentication in progress…
        0day 06:56:36 wlan0: A wireless client is associated – 90:27:E4:39:FE:98

        Please help! I’ve had this issue for months and have tried everything I can think of!

        Eish

        • October 22, 2011 - 1:55 pm | Permalink

          Ok, Eish- i’ll take a look into it and get back to you

        • November 14, 2011 - 10:46 pm | Permalink

          On your iPhones go to Settings->General->About . Scroll down to “Wi-Fi Address” and see if one of the combinations matches 90:27:E4:39:FE:98. If so, it confirms that this log entry is your iPhone being rejected.
          Try making your iPhone forget the network, then adding it again.
          Make sure your router will accept enough wireless connections: sometimes by default the max is set relatively low. This is a separate setting than the IP range.
          The issue could also be the type of security you are using. If i remember correctly, I had difficulty connecting some of my wireless devices when I was trying to use WPA.
          Each time you make a change, check that you can access the router by typing either 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.0.2 in your iPhone browser. If you can, try connecting to google. This will help you diagnose whether the problem is the iPhone’s connection to the router, or an issue with the internet signal being routed.

          I can’t tell the issue/solution because this is working for my iPhone 3GS and iPod touch, but these are the things I would try. Best of luck.

      • Ranj
        February 4, 2012 - 6:23 pm | Permalink

        Change security to wpa tkip

        • February 9, 2012 - 5:51 pm | Permalink

          ^^^ Excellent Tip.
          The reason I have it as WEP is that other machines on my wireless are unable to connect to WPA for some reason.
          I’ll update the post so others don’t get the wrong idea. Thanks Ranj :) .

  • October 8, 2011 - 11:10 am | Permalink

    I have a question .. if you can please help me out .. I have converted my dlink router into an access point by mistake.and now I am unable to get the login page of the router on 198.168.0.1 .Please tell me how i can do that. I shall be very thankful to u for the same..
    Many Thanks in Advance.
    Krity.

    • October 11, 2011 - 10:15 pm | Permalink

      Hi Krity, firstly, the address to try is 192.168.0.1. You can also try 192.168.1.1.

      If that doesn’t work, take a network cable (you can temporarily unplug this from somewhere else) and wire your computer directly from its internet port to the router’s “1″ jack. Then try either of those IP addresses i listed above. This should give you access to the router’s setup page and you can reset the settings from there. Hope that helps.

  • Sly
    October 20, 2011 - 1:05 pm | Permalink

    How to do the same thing but wireless? Is it even possible?

    • October 20, 2011 - 10:18 pm | Permalink

      Yes- but you must buy additional hardware. Lookup “Wireless Range Extenders”

  • Sly
    October 21, 2011 - 10:58 am | Permalink

    Lord… DIR-655 to connect wirelessly to DIR-825, no new hardware. Had it for the office, no longer need it at the office. Could be of very practical use in home ot save wires all over the place, witch is the essence of wireless routers. Will not buy new equipement but will consider changing brand when its time for new router. There is no reason this can not be done, if they complicate things, find but how do you do it the righ way? How, as in precise instructions and no bogus answer and please just say i dont know if that is the case. I do it all the time!

    • October 22, 2011 - 6:26 pm | Permalink

      Hi Sly, consider becoming a contributing member of society and figure it out for yourself and post the steps online, rather than demanding it from me. I am not your personal tech support.

      PS- I would have considered investigating this for you if you had asked nicely.

  • Kyle
    October 26, 2011 - 8:55 pm | Permalink

    I just moved in to a new apartment. I am trying to do this, but got to the last step and running an ethernet cable from the main router (owned by the apartment and located down the hallway) is not an option. I would like the signal to be re-transmitted strictly wirelessly (apartment router >>> wireless >>> my router >>> wireless >>> my laptop).

    Is there something I should do differently to get this to work?

    • November 14, 2011 - 10:50 pm | Permalink

      Find your router’s manual (or google it) to find out if you can use it as a repeater or transmitter. My hardware did not support this and I had to run a long cable- so i’m not sure how to do this with compatible hardware. Good luck.

  • Anonymous
    October 30, 2011 - 10:24 am | Permalink

    Worked great for me! I looked all over for a solution and thought I was gonna have to buy separate access point related hardware, until I found this. Thanks a million!

  • missust
    November 6, 2011 - 3:39 pm | Permalink

    Hi hciguy!! Will your original instructions work if I connect my new MAC Time Capsule (TC) to it? I was told to disconnect my DLink router and replace it with the TC as it is both a backup drive and router for my new MacBook Pro + my iBook + my new wireless printer. Well….now my old reliable iBook G4 is having kernel panic. Darn!! They call it a vintage machine (7 yrs old) and their tech’s help only helped for about 7 hours :(

    • November 14, 2011 - 10:53 pm | Permalink

      Hi missust- I could use a little more context. What type of setup do you have? How many routers/TCs/Modems do you have and how are they connected?

  • Anonymous
    November 7, 2011 - 1:11 pm | Permalink

    OK. I did everything you said. Works great! Thank you. BUT, now I can’t log back into my router. Why? IP address is the same. I verified by going to the network map. Now it’s only an access point forever. I can’t change it back. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Skitch

    • November 14, 2011 - 10:59 pm | Permalink

      Hey Skitch- If you followed the instructions, you would have changed the ip addresses for one of the routers, correct? So you can access one router via 192.168.0.1 and another by 192.168.0.2. If for some reason you can’t, take a straight-through network cable, and hook up your computer directly to the router to visit the router’s page. From there you can diagnose accordingly. i’m guessing either your two routers have the same IP address and are conflicting, some setting is wrong (verify with instructions in this post), or the ip address was changed to something other than 192.168 .1 or .2

  • Jeff Santos
    November 30, 2011 - 11:59 pm | Permalink

    Exactly what I was looking forI have a Cisco DPC3825 as my main and a D-link dir-628 for an access point.

  • mark
    December 1, 2011 - 1:54 pm | Permalink

    Looks Sound to me, but have you found a way to make the connection between the access point and repeater wireless? or does it have to be connected via ethernet?
    The only reason I’m asking is that I’m trying to set up my spare modem/router as a “powerline” type connection.
    I have my access point in the living room, transmits throughout my house. But I have a spare modem/router not being used and I’d like to find out if I can connect my desktop and blue-ray player which aren’t wireless via ethernet, then have the spare modem/router connected to my access point?
    If that makes any sense?

    • December 19, 2011 - 9:45 am | Permalink

      Not sure what you mean, in terms of your desired setup. I haven’t found a way to set this up as a wireless repeater as I believe special hardware is needed.

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  • Darlene
    December 13, 2011 - 1:37 pm | Permalink

    I have a dir-825 that I am currently using for 2 hardwired and 2 wireless computers. They are working great. We have built an addition and it is out of range/signal weak. I have a dir-615 wireless router can I use this as a repeater? I have been researching this on the web and came across your post. I am beginner level at best. I will need very specific instructions if you wouldn’t mine to help me. THanks and have a great day!

    • December 19, 2011 - 9:38 am | Permalink

      You should be able to use the dir-615. The same instructions should work. Let me know how it goes!

  • Aaron J Henderson
    December 26, 2011 - 6:16 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the clear, concise instructions. Router works great now.

  • Tim
    December 26, 2011 - 7:14 pm | Permalink

    Hi hciguy, thanks for the instructions…

    I have a weird problem, when I change the IP of my router and save the settings I can no longer access the router. The browser just times out. Any thoughts on what I might be doing wrong?

    • December 28, 2011 - 3:52 pm | Permalink

      Maybe port 80 needs to be forwarded on the middle-man router?

  • routadapt
    December 27, 2011 - 6:39 am | Permalink

    i live near enough to neibors routers and i dont have cable or net service to my place. but is it possible to just use a wireless adapter and a coverted router (repeater) to pick up signal from neibors ? thanks

    • December 28, 2011 - 3:53 pm | Permalink

      It is possible if the neighbours have given you the password to their router and you buy a repeater. I don’t believe you can accomplish this with just a standard router, however.

  • router info
    December 27, 2011 - 7:04 am | Permalink

    it it possible to get signal with out service .with just repeater and a adapter .????

    • December 28, 2011 - 3:54 pm | Permalink

      You need internet coming in from somewhere. Does this answer your question?

  • Greg
    January 14, 2012 - 6:58 am | Permalink

    Hi hciguy
    Your diagram and explanation of the wireless set up is excellent. I didn’t know how much I didn’t know until I started experimenting with networking outside my IT course that I took.
    My situation might be slightly different but yet the same.
    I have a wireless D-Link-615 router and I want to get wireless access from my brothers house a wireless Linksys router that is approximately 50 feet away.
    Can this be done with the same settings as you described above, and do I have to buy some additional hardware?
    Thank You in advance.
    Greg

    • January 16, 2012 - 12:35 pm | Permalink

      Hi Greg, using this method, it can be done by connecting the two routers via a straight-through ethernet cable. I’m guessing you were hoping to repeat the signal wirelessly in which case take a look into firmware mods for your routers. I suspect, however, that you need special hardware to act as a wireless access point or repeater so if the above does not work, you can find the required hardware at a Best Buy, Office Depot, Circuit City, Walmart, etc. Best of luck.

  • Anonymous
    January 16, 2012 - 3:19 am | Permalink

    hi there Hciguy,
    I have a DI-624 I have set up as an access point as per your instructions and its been working great thank you. But now I want to restrrict anyone that conects to the AP via wireless to only be able to connect to the internet. ie. NOT have access to my files ect which are shared on my LAN. your help would be very much appreciated. Thanks

    • January 16, 2012 - 12:37 pm | Permalink

      Hi dougyb83. You can accomplish this not through your router, but through your sharing settings on your computer. Try Googling “network sharing” for your PC or Mac and you should find plenty of instructions online. Cheers.

  • dennis
    January 20, 2012 - 12:36 am | Permalink

    hi Hciguy,
    I have a DI-624 which I would like to set-up as an AP to work with my 2Wire router.

    The issue is that I cannot access the admin section of the dlink router. When I type 192.168.0.1, it will just time-out.

    I cannot go to Step 2. Pls advise if I missed something.

    Thanks,
    Dennis

  • dennis
    January 20, 2012 - 1:55 am | Permalink

    hi Hciguy,
    I was able to access the 624 Admin section.

    It’s showing 5 menu: Wizard, Wireless, WAN, LAN and DHCP.

    I did not touch Wizard and Wireless.menu.

    On WAN menu , I changed to Static IP Address from Dynamic IP Address.

    On LAN Menu, I changed IP address to as close as possible to my 2Wire router IP address and Sub Mask address was the same as the 2Wire router and disable DNS relay.

    On DCHP menu, I disabled DCHP server.

    When I connected the Dlink 624 to my 2Wire router using powerline adaptor, it was showing an IP address conflict.

    Pls advise on which step I screwed-up.

    Thanks,
    Dennis

    • January 20, 2012 - 9:28 am | Permalink

      Hey Dennis, can you give me more detail on your setup? Which router is to connect directly to the modem?

  • dennis
    January 20, 2012 - 11:23 am | Permalink

    Hciguy,
    The Dlink 524 will be my AP router that will be connected to my new 2Wire router.

    Right now, when I view available wireless network, I see both the Dlink and 2Wire routers.

    My plan is to make the Dlink 624 as an access point at my 2nd floor bedroom.

    Sorry to bother you but my Dlink 624 menus are totally different from your example.

    Thanks again, Any help would be much appreciated.

    • January 25, 2012 - 2:42 pm | Permalink

      Hi Dennis, it is possible that there is an IP conflict with the powerline. It sounds like you have 2 routers and a powerline right? Also ensure that the wires are hooked up correctly: remember to connect the routers via LAN (1-4) on both routers.

  • Joshua
    January 22, 2012 - 2:23 am | Permalink

    Hello Hciguy,

    Basic thing trying to extend the wireless coverage to a computer about 75ft away from a Dlink DIR-655 router using a extender antenna already attached to it. I have another Dlink DIR-655 I plan on using and Belkin Powerline adapter kit that has 2 of these. This area trying to do this is in a Church that was built in the 50s and it is hard from reception for Cell phones.

    I have went through your steps to the T. I am using the 2 Dlink DIR-655s Setting up to step 4 works great but when trying to connect the to a Belkin Powerline adapter kit which is about 15 ft from where the 1st router is using the Network cable and then having the other Powerline adapter connected to the wall about 50 ft away and I have the 2nd DIR-655 connected to that right next to it.

    When trying to access the second DIR-655 from the computer in the back of the room it does not allow me to connect to the Internet or get into the Router Login page for the second one that I have the 1st one 192.168.0.1 and the second 192.168.0.2 just like you described.

    Thank you for your time and help with this,
    Joshua

    • January 25, 2012 - 2:36 pm | Permalink

      Hi Joshua,

      Do you have a spare straight through ethernet cable to plug into router 2? If so, this will help you diagnose the issue. How is the computer in the back connected? Wirelessly or via wire? Try getting the first router to ping the 2nd router (192.168.0.2). If that doesn’t work, they’re likely not connected properly via wire. Did you follow this step:

      Plug one end into the LAN of the main router (spots 1-4), then plug the other end into the LAN of the new access point (spots 1-4) Do not plug it into WAN of the new access point!!! Although this seems logical, it does not work.

      ?
      If not, hooked up that way, it might explain your issue.

  • Anonymous
    January 25, 2012 - 8:43 am | Permalink

    Hi hciguy

    Thanks for all your posts which have been most helpful and enlightening.

    I have a setup that uses powerline adaptor plugs. The main router/modem (netgear dg834 V2, not usable as a repeater) is plugged into the powerline adapter 1 upstairs. I have another router (dlink dir 615) that I want to be able to plug into the powerline adapter 2 to pick up the internet signal from the router/modem. The powerline plugs are in effect replacing the ethernet lead between the netgear modem/router and the dlink 615 router.

    I am wondering if your configuration above will work in this instance with the existing hardware. I tried a similar setup but did have the ip of the 2nd modem set to 192.168.0.1 (the same as the netgear). I am guessing that this is not going to work this this same IP? I did try to change the IP to 192.168.0.10 but I then couldn’t get back into the dlink router’s setup page, even using the new IP for it, and had to reset it using the reset button on the back. I want to use this type of setup so that I can use my laptop downstairs without the constant dropping of the wireless signals.

    If you can offer me any help that would be great.

    Thanks.

    • January 25, 2012 - 2:30 pm | Permalink

      Hi, I have never used a powerline adaptor before so I might not be much help there. I can’t see a reason why this setup shouldn’t work, however. You should ensure your routers/powerlines all have different IPs otherwise there will be a IP conflict issue. I’m unsure why changing the IP to x.x.x.10 disabled you from accessing the router using that IP, but my best advice for you is to grab a straight through ethernet cord and plug it into each router to do the setup and troubleshooting. This will make it a million times easier to diagnose the issue. Hope that helps.

  • Frank
    January 31, 2012 - 1:53 am | Permalink

    Exactly what I was looking for. Can’t believe how easy it actually was. Took about 2 minutes to set it up and that’s only because I had to walk up the stairs. Thanks.

  • sarah
    February 1, 2012 - 9:59 am | Permalink

    Hi hciguy ,
    Thatnkx alof fot his great post,

    I have a Case exactly as u descriped above , however , i got my network work without the configuration that u mention earlier . But sometime I got IP conflict error , and dont be able to accss the internet , please find below my network details:

    I have Three routers :
    1- Dlink -RU_DSL-2540U Main Router
    2- NETGEAR Wireless Router
    3- Dlink DIR-600

    Dlink-RU_DSL ———-connect to ——->NETGEAR (10.0.0.1) at first floor

    Dlink-RU_DSL —connect with straight-through to—–>Dlink DIR-600 (192.168.5.1) at second floor

    I have DNS and DHCP enable in Dlink DIR-600 ….. before i add Dlink DIR-600 , my network was working fine but when i add it , i start getting IP conflict and no internet access in whole network.
    please can u help in understanding what is the problem with my network

    THankx
    Sarah

    • February 9, 2012 - 5:52 pm | Permalink

      Hi Sara,

      Check the IPs of all the routers and computers you have in the network. Make sure their IPs are all different. This sounds like the issue.

  • kayrol
    February 2, 2012 - 8:16 am | Permalink

    hi hciguy, i have two dlink 2640b wireless router and i want to set my second dlink to repeter..do i have to connect the LAN wire from router dlink1 to router dlink2??? and how about the configurations???

    • February 4, 2012 - 11:07 am | Permalink

      Hi Kayrol,

      You need to connect them via the LAN port on both routers. All the instructions are in the blog post. If you follow them to a tee you should have a working network.

      Cheers.

  • Teh Google Master
    February 3, 2012 - 12:20 pm | Permalink

    Hello, I have a DIR615 router and was hoping your awesome write-up would help…the ISP I use won’t allow you to use a wireless router. I was able to get around this on my Belkin router by checking a box “Configure as an Access Point” but this Dlink router doesn’t have that option.

    I tried following your directions by disabling the DHCP and DNS but after the router resets I couldn’t get the router to connect to my computer through the wireless or the wired cable.

    Any ideas on how to get around an ISP that doesn’t allow wireless routers? How does the cat 5 cable coming out of the wall even know it is going through a router?

    Thanks !

    Wankel

    • February 4, 2012 - 11:05 am | Permalink

      Hey Wankel,

      That is a strange ISP-restriction you have. Check that you’ve followed all the instructions and you should be able to get this to work. Check that the cables are hooked up to the right ports. You might need to disable the “Configure as an Access Point” option on the Belkin and follow these instructions, or perhaps refer to the Belkin manual about how to use the Access Point functionality.

      Some ISPs can restrict the number of computers on a network. They can see that each IP (computer) is making separate requests. The way around this, back in the 90s, was to have a central computer to make all the requests on behalf of the other ones. This central computer essentially acted as a router, but had to always be on. I’m not sure if routers act this way, or show that each computer put in a separate request.

      Sorry for the vague answer but I’m not familiar with Belkin routers or your setup.

  • Uncle Buck
    February 4, 2012 - 7:48 am | Permalink

    Wow. Worked very well except for one thing. I have a Cisco WRVS4400N router and added a Dlink DIR-655 as a hard wired access point. (Learned that 192.168.1.1 and 192.168.0.1 are in two different subnets, so changed the dlink to 192.168.1.3 (.2 was reserved by Cisco). Unchecked the two boxes in step 2 and done.)
    BUT, can i no longer use the Guest Zone? I found the dlink scheduling easier to use than the Cisco (couldn’t figure out the tunnelling…), and i wanted to use the dlink Guest WIFI access with a schedule, but it doesn’t show up in my connection options now.

  • Superman
    February 11, 2012 - 5:17 pm | Permalink

    Thank you very much for this tutorial, i got my D-Link DIR-825 to work with my recently replaced Cisco DPC 3825 Modem/Router! :)

  • Anonymous
    February 29, 2012 - 12:09 pm | Permalink

    Hey Chris Menezes thanks for the awesome guide, worked like a charm. Awesome concluding animation :D

  • March 1, 2012 - 11:24 am | Permalink

    Thanks! Great Instructions! I only did one thing differently. My main Router/Modem supplied to my by AT&T is 2Wire3800HGV-B. I added D-link DIR-655 as my access point, and it worked first time, but I couldn’t login to the Admin Console. Followed your instructions, but it didn’t work because the 2wire ASSIGNED a static IP to my AP. Once I changed this to match and gave it 10mn as you suggested, everything works. Hope this might help the next person. Many Thanks.

  • Terry Wilson
    March 4, 2012 - 7:10 pm | Permalink

    Wow, such a lifesaver. I could find no reference to using the router as an access point anywhere in the myriad configuration screens. Surely this is not unusual to use a router to bring internet to an outbuilding or other far away place. Thanks a million!

  • Anonymous
    March 6, 2012 - 7:43 pm | Permalink

    Thanks man. How easy was that!

  • D
    March 13, 2012 - 6:02 pm | Permalink

    Wooot! Thanks sir! Purchased a DIR 601 (received a Kindle for Xmas, and upgraded to a Smartphone last month, figured wtf!). Noticed my internet starting crawling. Switched to my old DI 604, and turned my new one into an access point.

    Super easy to follow instructions.

    Thanks!

  • Anonymous
    March 16, 2012 - 5:42 pm | Permalink

    Thank you sooooooo much, downstairs was so weak, and i used our old virgin media router to turn it into an access point, although i deally i wanted a repeater, the setup seemed too complicated.

  • Wilgner
    March 22, 2012 - 7:21 am | Permalink

    So, I’m trying to do that so I can connect router 2, by cable, to my TV.

    I all goes to shit at step 2, though. When I click save, to moden resets and I can’t connect to it anymore. If I try an ipconfig i see I don’t have any gateway oO

    • March 22, 2012 - 8:32 am | Permalink

      What do you mean by resets? The settings that you make are reset to default? Check that you are setting everything correctly. Remember that once you change the modem’s settings, you can’t connect to it directly with your previous settings. You’ll have to have your computer forget those settings then try to connect again. Try pinging the router’s new IP address to ensure you can get a connection to it, while connected with an ethernet cable.

  • Anonymous
    March 23, 2012 - 3:33 pm | Permalink

    hi i tried doing this and yes it works. however, i couldn’t connect to my main router after I installed the AP. thoughts?

    • March 23, 2012 - 6:03 pm | Permalink

      Try connecting to the main router using a straight through cable to diagnose the issue. My guess is that since you’ve changed settings on the main router, you might have to forget then re-connect to the main router with your computer.

  • Anonymous
    March 28, 2012 - 9:46 pm | Permalink

    Not sure this was covered, but I am trusting the wire, I want to use wireless to transfer connection points from my main router to a far away router where I can plug wires, using wireless router to router “hop” if you will. What settings do I need for that on my second router ? First wireless router is slave DHCP to my main wired router (LAN to WAN works as wireless access point simple).

    Long Live Fiberoptics. Cause wireless sucks.

  • March 29, 2012 - 12:36 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so very much !!!!
    wasted weeks following others ideas here and there, 10 minutes using your method did exactly what i wanted…
    now i have coverage through whole house, PLUS it turned the other router that was just a G router now shows as a G/N router…, and range extends 150 feet outside….thank you so very very much

  • John
    April 25, 2012 - 11:42 am | Permalink

    Hey buddy, I used your guide and I have been forced to use the ISP’s router/modem for a while. I want to use my DIR615 router’s settings, including DHCP and port-forwarding etc but after using your guide the only things that work are settings coming from the ISP’s router. Ive disabled DHCP on the dlink, including upnp. Can you help me out ? Thanks !

  • jag
    May 29, 2012 - 10:54 pm | Permalink

    Came across this page while trying to find how to connect two wired routers.

    Just so you know…under Resources at the end, the link for http://www.dslreports.com/faq/11233 actually points to the ezlan page.

    • hciguy
      May 30, 2012 - 12:09 am | Permalink

      Fixed. Thanks, keen eye :)

  • Bryan Budning
    May 29, 2012 - 10:56 pm | Permalink

    wow thank you for the info it all works really well much better than the crummy cisco 3825 from rogers. their tech people as well are idiots and their advice on bridging did not work as well their router is really weak. after i read this online i checked thin in the manual of my router a D link die 628. the best settings were all on the online manual for d link routers with a step by step technique. now able to get it all up and running again

    • hciguy
      May 30, 2012 - 12:10 am | Permalink

      Glad to hear it helped :) . I’ve had the same experience with Rogers.

  • bojsa61
    May 29, 2012 - 10:56 pm | Permalink

    Hi HCIGUY, thanks a lot for the above post. I used it successfully to set-up my 1st AP. I have the the main modem (from my cable provider) downstairs and I connected my D-Link Dir-855 wireless router to it (physically right next to it) via an ethernet cable. From this router, via another ethernet cable, I connected my 2nd D-Link Dir-855 wireless router and positioned it on the 1st floor. I did this following your instructions. The AP now works well on the 1st floor, but I would like to get even a stronger signal on my 2nd floor. As I have already an easy way to run another ethernet cable from the AP up to the 2nd floor, and I have another spare D-link Dir-855, I was wondering if I could set-up a secondary AP on my 2nd floor. (could the D-link Dir-855 also support the “repeater” mode?). Please advise. Thanks in advance.

    • hciguy
      May 30, 2012 - 12:11 am | Permalink

      Hmm.. i’m not sure i’ve never tried it and I don’t have the hardware here to test it out. If you don’t mind, try following the same steps for the 2nd AP and let me know how it turns out.

  • sonnyzxr
    May 30, 2012 - 5:59 am | Permalink

    Hi hciguy,

    Could you help? I’m trying to configure d-link router (not sure what model yet) to be able to see cctv cameras through internet. I’m not sure which settings to go into. Please advise. Thank you in advance.

  • Ian
    June 1, 2012 - 5:08 pm | Permalink

    Hi,

    Just tried setting up my D-Link 615 as an access point following your instructions.

    When I used a wired connection (i.e.cable from my laptop to the D-Link & another cable from the D-Link to the main router) I get internet access.

    However, it doesn’t work on wireless, I can see the access point but it says ‘no internet access’

    Is there a step I’ve missed?
    Thanks
    Ian

    • hciguy
      June 2, 2012 - 2:06 pm | Permalink

      Ensure that you’ve connected the ethernet cable to the correct ports on both routers, and check that your Dlink has wireless enabled. Since you changed wireless settings, it is possible that your laptop is remembering the old settings and thus not connecting properly via wireless. Get your laptop to forget the connection details and manually connect again and enter them in. Hope that helps!

  • Husayn
    June 3, 2012 - 7:01 pm | Permalink

    Hi. I have a D-Link DIR655. I followed the steps, and when I have the d-link connected to my main router, I can access the Internet through my main router and through the d-link, but when I disconnect the d-link from the main router, the network still exists, but I can not connect to it (it times out after a few minutes). Is it possible to be able to just have the d-link connected through the AC adapter and still access the Internet through it (like a dedicated repeater) after completing the above steps? If yes, HOW? I can not run a long Ethernet cable from the main router to the d-link (several floors separate them)
    PLEASE HELP!

    • hciguy
      June 6, 2012 - 1:06 pm | Permalink

      When you disconnect the dlink, it is likely that the network no longer exists but your computer remembers it. You need both routers set up for this to work.

  • Noris
    July 11, 2012 - 10:23 am | Permalink

    Its work on my two Dlink’s router. Thank you very much for the steps.

  • ABD
    August 23, 2012 - 4:39 pm | Permalink

    Great article – thanks! Can you explain the pros and cons of using the same SSID for both the main router and the AP? If I am using the same SSID for both, then if I connect my smartphone to the wireless network (downstairs) when I am standing next to the main router and walk upstairs will the smartphone use the stronger signal from the AP (upstairs)?

    Thanks!

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