What are access points and their role? Provide tips to configure Linksys E2000 Advanced Wireless-N Router as an access point.
Linksys E2000 Advanced Wireless-N Router provides wireless coverage with the help of dual band wireless N technology. The Cisco Connect software included in the router will allow the user to set up and configure the router as an access point. By using this software the user can access the advanced settings, set parental controls and even customize the settings for security purpose. The router has features such as WAP/WAP2, firewall protection, etc installed on it. It will also keep your data safe. The access point is a station for transmitting and receiving the data in a wireless local area network. The access point will also act as an interconnection between the wired network and a wireless local area network. In this the wired network will be fixed. The number of access points may increase according to the number of users in that network and the physical size of that network.
Discussed below are tips for configuring Linksys E2000 Advanced Wireless-N Router as an access point:
- Set up an access point
- In an existing network
- Using Cisco connect software
Set up an access point
For configuring the router as an access point the user has to set up an access point first. There is an integrated access point with this router. This integrated access point has a maximum transmission rate of 300 Mbps. The access point of the router also supports wireless encryption such as WPA2 and WEP. Users can easily configure the wireless security with the help of WPA button. This router also provides two different frequency bands which is helpful in preventing the interference in network.
In an existing network
The users can use the router as an access point if they have wired or wireless network. If the user is having wired networks then make a connection to the access point using a network cable from a switch, router or hub. If the IP address provided is in the same range then the wired or wireless systems can communicate. If the user is having a wireless network the user can connect the network to an access point and can share data and other resources by broadcasting the network signals which will make the clients the part of the network. For making the router to supply the IP address to the clients the user has to disable the access point’s DHCP service when the devices are on the same network.
Using Cisco connect software
By making use of Cisco connect software the users can configure the router as an access point. The configuration can be done very easily with the help of a web based configuration utility or by using the Cisco Connect software. The user can select the advanced settings from the user friendly interface. For managing a separate network for the guests the Cisco Connect software provides parental controls along with the wireless network setup wizard.
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