Configure ZyXEL® Router as Access Point
Apart from transmitting and receiving network signals to setup a wireless network, Zyxel wireless routers are capable of running various network services and can share Internet connection for all network Users. Role of an access point is to act as an gateway for all network users; whoever enters the range of the wireless access point with a wireless featured laptop or desktop can access the wireless network through the access point. Usually you do not have to setup a wireless router and access point in the network because router serves all the services that any access point can serve but sometimes both these devices are required in a wireless network to expand the wireless network, to set access point for the visitors or guest, to boost the wireless network range, etc. You can configure an access point in the office or home and all your guests and visitors can use your wireless network to share data and to avail services like Internet, printer, shared folders, etc. offered by the network. Security thresholds can be set on routers to avoid unauthorized access to the network. Access points cost more money than a Trendnet wireless router. If you prefer you can buy an additional ZyXEL router and set it to work like an access point.
- Access Router Configuration Page
- Configure DHCP
- Issues and Fixes
Access Router Configuration Page
You need to make certain changes to the router setup which needs to work as an access point. First of all, you need to access the router configuration page embedded in ZyXEL Router Access Point. To access the router configuration page, you need to connect the router to the computer using a network cable, set the computer to obtain the IP address from the DHCP and restart the computer. Once the computer is restarted, you can type in the router's IP address in the address bar and hit 'Enter'. You will be prompted to enter the user name and the password and you will be granted access to change settings, once the correct admin user name and password is typed.
Configure DHCP and IP
Both routers would be using same IP address. So, you need to change the IP address of the router to another IP address that falls in the same IP range. DHCP service runs in routers to supply IP address to make computers a part of the network. You need to disable the DHCP service for the router that needs to work as an access point and let the other router supply the IP address. You need to navigate through the router configuration page and disable DHCP, firewall and port forwarding feature to avoid conflicts. Once the changes are made, your ZyXEL router is ready work as an access point. You can place it in a location where the range of the wireless router ends.
If there are any wireless devices that use the same frequency as your wireless routers, there are chances of communication conflicts. So, avoid using such wireless devices within network range. IP conflict is one another issue that may come up while using access point and router in the same network. To avoid such issues, make sure that no computers use same IP address.
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