How to add another access point to a netgear router

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How to add another access point to a netgear router
Access points expand the connectivity of your network. (Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)

A wireless router enables multiple devices to remotely connect to a network, typically to access the Internet and share data. A router is distinct from an access point, it links devices on the network, rather than distributing Internet signals. Typical Netgear routers, such as models MPN824 and WGR614, have an integrated access point. However, for larger networks you may require extra access points. In which cases, you must add the supplementary access point to the router.

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Things you need

  • 2 DSL cables
  • 1 ethernet cable

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  1. 1

    Double-click the desktop icon for the Netgear router configuration assistant. This is the application that you loaded onto your computer when installing the drivers. If it isn't on your desktop, browse "Programmes from the "Start" menu or click "Start," "Run" and type "" into the box.

  2. 2

    Select "Disable Configuration Assistant."

  3. 3

    Disconnect all digital subscriber line, or "DSL" cables from the wireless router and the modem.

  4. 4

    Turn off the modem and router. This will disconnect the Internet connection, so warn other users to save their work.

  5. 5

    Connect a DSL cable to the "DSL" port on the rear of the modem. Connect the other end of this cable to one of the DSL ports on the rear of the router. Netgear routers, including model WGT624, typically have four ports.

  6. 6

    Connect a second DSL cable to an empty port on the rear of the router. Connect the other end of the cable to a DSL port on the supplementary access point.

  7. 7

    Connect an ethernet cable to the "Ethernet" port on the rear of the router. Connect that to the "Ethernet" port on your computer. This establishes a wired connection from computer to modem, which you'll temporarily need to reconfigure the network settings.

  8. 8

    Turn on the modem, router and access point.

  9. 9

    Launch the Netgear router configuration assistant and click "Options." Select the new router from the drop-down list. Click where it says "IP Address," delete the last digit and replace it with a different digit. The configuration assistant automatically assigns the same IP address to the new access point as it did to the existing router, but two devices on a shared network can't have the same I.P address.

  10. 10

    Click "DHCP" and check "Disable" in the box next to the router name.

  11. 11

    Disconnect the ethernet cable and access the network via your remote.

  12. 12

    Connect any new devices, such as printers and non-wireless-enabled computers to the new access point. This gives them a wired connection into the wireless network.

Tips and warnings

  • Wait for the green lights to stop flashing on the access point before connecting any cables.

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