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Windows 7: Connecting a Wireless Router to Wired Network


05 May 2012   #1

Windows 7 RC 64bit
 
 
Connecting a Wireless Router to Wired Network

I have a wired linksys router that works fine. I'm not using DHCP on it, its setup at 192.168.1.1. My pc which only has a wired NIC, connects with no problems.

I recently bought a tplink wireless router. I changed it so the ip is now 192.168.1.254 (it was 192.168.0.254 originally which meant I couldnt access settings to change from the default password, SSID).

I got the tplink wireless router, so I wouldnt have to be tethered with a wire on my laptop for internet. However, I've wasted time with tech support which I can barely hear or understand. I'd like to get this working, otherwise I'm sending everything back, wireless router and laptop.

I can ping both the linksys and tplink from my laptop with no problems. I can get connected to the tplink wireless router without a problem but I cannot get to the internet. I don't know what to do.

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05 May 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

What you should have purchased is a dedicated wireless access point rather than another router because getting the configuration correct for a dual router set up can be a real pain. You could have also purchased a router with both wired and wireless access.

Even when set up correctly a dual router network can still be unreliable. The required settings might be different depending on which two routers are being used. If you can get the settings correct it may work though.

The link below explains the settings required to basically turn your wireless router into an access point. Let me know if the settings detailed in the link below work out for you.
Using a Wireless Router as an Access Point Wireless Networking Forum FAQ | DSLReports.com, ISP Information
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07 May 2012   #3

Windows 7 RC 64bit
 
 

Thanks, I'm returning the router and getting a wireless access point.
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07 May 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by s0me0ne View Post
Thanks, I'm returning the router and getting a wireless access point.
That would be my first choice as well.

I can recommend the D-Link DAP-1522 which is a dual band wireless N access point/bridge.
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10 May 2012   #5

Windows 7 RC 64bit
 
 

I got a wireless access point and still cant connect. I don't know what I'm doing wrong or maybe I just don't know what I'm doing.
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10 May 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

where you plugging in the wireless router to on the wired router? DON'T plug in to uplink port!

Also, turn off ALL DHCP leasing on the tplink (but if you are trying your new AP then they probably don't have this)

So direct connecting with a wire gets you online however wireless doesn't?

Check your laptop WLAN network settings to make sure you have right IP/gateway/dns settings. Try turning DHCP ON your non-wireless router and use DHCP instead but keep the WAP static.
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11 May 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by s0me0ne View Post
I got a wireless access point and still cant connect. I don't know what I'm doing wrong or maybe I just don't know what I'm doing.
You need to plug the A/P into a switch or the router first using Ethernet cable. I'm not sure which A/P you have but there is usually a switch for access point or bridge mode. Let the router handle DHCP.

You will also need to access the A/P's set up page by typing in the name of the A/P or by typing in the IP that was assigned to your A/P by the router. Once you get to the A/P's set up page you can set up the wireless. You will need to set up the SSID "name of network" and come up with a security password. Use WPA2 with AES encryption. The set up instructions should be helpful.

You didn't list the name of your A/P so I can't help much without that information?
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