I have a really old Linksys BEFSR41 (with 10/100 Mbps speed) wired router as my main home network router. Old, but it still keeps chiugging along.
I also had an old Netgear wireless router hooked up as a second router (via ethernet cable to it's WAN port), which I placed it in the center of my house to provide better wireless tranmsission coverage. It worked fine, except that connecting to the WAN port on the second router essentially split my home into two separate networks, with each router using DHCP IP assignments in their own subnetwork areas.
Well, a recent power surge blew out my old wireless router, so I replaced it with a newer Netgear WNDR4500 wireless router (with 450 Mbps speed). Now, wanting to connect ALL of our home devices into ONE home tetwork, I researched and discovered a way to do so by turning DHCP off on my wireless router, changing it's IP address to a static 192.168.1.2, and switching the input ethernet cable from WAN to one of the LAN ports. Fortunately, I made some other configuration changes first.
I say fortunately, because now I can no longer access the second, wirleess router. I know that I set it up with 192.168.1.2 as its IP address, but that doesn't work any more when trying to connect to it. When looking at my home network settings, i can also see it pop in and out with an IP address of 192.168.1.3. However, i cannot contact it at that address either.
My question is: What do I need to do to successfully reconnect to this second router I'm using as a wireless access point, in case I need to make more changes to it? Do I need to switch the ethernet input cable back to the WAN port on it? Do I need to disconnect it from the first router? The system is working fine right now, so I'm really reluctant to experiment on my own without your input, as I don't want to accidentally break my home network.
Thanks in advance.
P.S. - I believe my main router is set to issuing DHCP IP addresses starting with 192.168.1.3, so maybe it's somehow skipping over the 192.168.1.2 address of my wireless router, and maybe that's why i cannot access it.
Edited by Torvald, 17 February 2014 - 09:46 PM.