I recently bought a MediaLink wireless N router (MWN-WAPR150N) and after setting it up, I realized the WiFi range isn't as strong as my old SMC Barricade N router (SMCWGBR14-N). Seeing as I passed the return period to send back the MediaLink, I figured I might as well use it.
While searching around the net, I found a few articles showing how to use an old router as an access point. I'm horrible when it comes to networking but the steps looked pretty simple and I gave it a shot.
Here's the steps I took:
- Plugged in PC to old SMC router.
- Logged into SMC and changed the SSID, network password, and security type to match the existing WiFi network.
- Turned off DHCP and UPnP on SMC.
- The MediaLink's default IP address is 192.168.0.1 and the default IP on the SMC was 192.168.2.1 so I changed it to 192.168.0.2 and let the router reboot itself.
- Unplugged cable from PC and connected SMC to MediaLink LAN to LAN
I'm guessing the problem lies within the new IP address I assigned but I'm not sure what to do next.
Also on a side question, does the access point always have to be connected via LAN or can it connect to the primary router wirelessly?