How to Use the Linksys WAP54G As a Wireless Repeater

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How to Use the Linksys WAP54G As a Wireless Repeater
A wireless repeater doubles the size of your network. (ethernet image by Emmanuel Bergère from Fotolia.com)

Converting a Linksys WAP54G into a wireless repeater essentially doubles the size of your wireless network. This allows you to roam farther with your laptop computers without loosing connection. To convert the WAP54G to a repeater you first have to gather some information from the existing router in your network and then have to transfer those settings to the Linksys WAP54G.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Ethernet cable

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Launch a web browser and access the router settings for the existing router on the network. To do so, enter 192.168.1.1 into the web browser and press enter on the keyboard. Enter "admin" into the password filed and leave the username filed blank. Press enter to load the router settings.

  2. 2

    Click on the "Status" tab and then click on the "Wireless" hyperlink. Write down the MAC address and the channel listed on the "Wireless" page. If the network is secured. Click on the "Wireless Security" hyperlink and record the pass phrase. Make sure you use WEP security, as the WAP54G does not support any other security methods.

  3. 3

    Connect the Linksys WAP54G into the main router on the network. To do so, plug an Ethernet cable into one of the LAN ports located on the back of the main router. Plug the other end of the cable into the WAN port located on the back of the WAP54G.

  4. 4

    Launch a web browser and access the WAP54G settings. To do so, enter 192.168.1.245 into the browser address bar and press enter on the keyboard. Leave the username field blank and type "admin" into the password field. Press "Enter" on the keyboard.

  5. 5

    Click on the "Status" tab and then click on the "Setup" hyperlink. Change the channel to match the channel you wrote down previously. If the network is secured, turn on WEP security and type in the passkey you previously wrote down.

  6. 6

    Click on the "AP Mode" hyperlink and select the "Wireless Repeater" option. Enter the MAC address you previously wrote down. Click on "Safe Settings" to update the repeater.

  7. 7

    Remove the Ethernet cable from both the main router and the WAP54G. Place the router where needed so it can repeat the signal from the main router.

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