How To Set up Your Router As Access Point?

If you have an old Wi-Fi router and you have replaced it with a new one, then you need not get rid of the old one. Instead, you can change the old Wi-Fi router into an external access point. You can place it in a far corner of your home and connect it to the new router, either using a network cable or power line adapters. By doing this task, you can extend your Wi-Fi signal to the far corners. You can setup router as access point as follows.

Some of the Wi-Fi routers have an access point mode. If you turn on this mode, then your job is done. But many other Wi-Fi routers do not support the access point mode. Assuming that your old Wi-Fi router does not have this mode, you can force it to work in the access point-only mode. So, you will be disabling its routing function.

Proceed with the instructions given below to force your old Wi-Fi router to work in the access point-only mode: :

  1. This IP address is already taken. It is not available anymore.
  2. If you wish to add any device to the router, you have to assign an IP address within the following range:  up to
  • In this case, we are going to choose 168.1.2 as the IP address of your old Wi-Fi router.
  • Now, you need to remember this IP address so that you will not be manually selecting it for any other device that is connected to the new router.
  • You can now connect your old Wi-Fi router to the computer. Please find out its current IP address. To do that, navigate to the Network window on your computer. In the Network window, you will find that this router’s IP address is 168.10.1
  • With the above IP address, you can open the web interface. On your old Wi-Fi router’s interface, select the Network option from the left pane.
  • Under Network, you can see the LAN Setting Click on that option. Here, you have to delete the existing IP address and enter the one you have chosen earlier. That will be
  • Now, you have to disable the DHCP Server
  • Please save all the changes that you have made and then click on the Apply
  • It is now time to connect your old Wi-Fi router to the new one using a network cable. When both are connected, your old Wi-Fi router will start acting as an external access point.

We have now discussed the steps involved in setup router as access point.

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