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How to convert a wireless router to be a wireless

access point

Thanks for purchasing Edimax Wireless Router. This instruction can be applied if you want to keep your
wired router and you need Edimax Wireless router to provide wifi signal.



1. This instruction is for Windows computer only.
2. This instruction can be applied to most Edimax Wireless Routers.

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Introduction

Step 1. Understand the IP address used in your network. Connect your computer
to the existing wired router.



If you have Windows Vista/Windows 7 computer: click on Start menu. Go to
“Search Programs and files”. Enter “ncpa.cpl” hit Enter.

If you have Windows XP computer: Click on Start menu. Go to “Run”. Enter
“ncpa.cpl” hit Enter.



You are in the Network Connection Window.

Double click on Local Area Connection.

You will get into the Local Area Connection Status window.


If you have Windows Vista/Windows 7, click on Details button and get into Next
Screen.

If you have Windows XP, click on Support tab on the top menu.

If you have Windows Vista/Windows 7: You will see IPv4 address, IPv4 subnet
mask, and IPv4 Default gateway.

If you have Windows XP, you will see IP address, subnet mask, and default
gateway.

The left screen shows the computer has IP address 192.168.1.101 and the wired
router has 192.168.1.1. Therefore, this is a network using 192.168.1.x subnet.

All the devices in the network must have the same first three octets of IP address,
but the last octet number would be different. The Edimax Wireless router needs
to setup properly in order to join the existed wired network.


Click on Close button twice until you are back to the “Network Connections”
window. Please keep this screen open. We will get back to the “Network
Connection Window” later.


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Step 2. Connect your computer to a LAN port of Edimax Wireless router. Please
keep the WAN port of Edimax Wireless router unplugged. Power on Edimax
Wireless router. Wait for 1 minute until you see WLAN LED of Edimax wireless
router start blinking.


Double click on “Local Area Connection” to get into Local Area Connection Status.


If you have Windows Vista/Windows 7, click on Details button and get into Next
Screen.

If you have Windows XP, click on Support tab.


The IPv4 address should be 192.168.2.xxx. After this is verified, you can click on
Close to close the details window. Click on Close again to close the Status
Window. Go back to “Network Connection” window and keep it open.

If the IPv4 address is not 192.168.2.xxx, you may unplug/replug-in the LAN cable
from Edimax wireless router or just press 20 seconds on the Reset button of
Edimax wireless router. Pressing 20 seconds on Reset button will restore to
default settings.

Step 3. For Windows 7 PC only:


If you have Windows 7, you might see a pop up prompt saying “Additional log
on information may be required”. Just click on the message. It will open the
web browser automatically for you.

Step 4. Launch your web browser. Here starts the process of the setup in
Edimax Router.


If you see the iQ setup page, click on the second circle “Connect to the
Internet manually.

If your browser does not display any web page, please manually enter
http://192.168.2.1 hit Enter key.


Enter the User Name: admin
Password: 1234
Click on “Log In” button.

Please note the username must be in lower case letters.
In case you can not login by default username/password, please press the
Reset button for 20 seconds.
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Go to General Setup.

Go to LAN.

The default IP address is 192.168.2.1. You need to assign a new IP address
based on your wired network.


We assign a new IP like 192.168.1.200 to Edimax Wireless Router.

Select “Disabled” for DHCP server.




Scroll down to the bottom of the page. Click on Apply.




Click OK on the reminder message. In the future, when you need to get into
the Edimax Wireless Router, you need to type in the new IP address of
Edimax Wireless router in the web browser. That is, http://192.168.1.200 in
our case.


Click on Continue button. Do not click on “Apply”.

You are back to the LAN Setup Page.


Click on NAT.

Scroll down and select “Static Routing”. Put a check on “Enable Static
Routing”. Click on Apply.


Click on Continue button. Do not click on “Apply”.

You are back to the NAT Setup Page.


Click on Wireless.

Locate the ESSID under the Wireless Settings. The ESSID is the ID name to
represent your WiFi network. You may choose to use a different ESSID, then
click on Apply. Remember to click on “Continue” button rather than “Apply”
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Go to Security Settings. The default security is disabled. We suggest you
select WPA Pre-shared key.

Select WPA2 AES is recommended. However, if you have WiFi devices that
do not support WPA2 AES, you may use WPA TKIP instead.

Type in your pre-shared key which would be the wireless security password
for your wifi network. You may write down the password and post-it with
wireless router.


Click on Apply button. All the setup is completed.



Wait for 60 seconds and you will see the OK button.


Do not click on OK. Instead, please close your web browser.

Step 5. Connect one of LAN ports of Edimax Wireless Router to the wired router.
Please keep the WAN port of Edimax Wireless router unplugged.


If you have Edimax Nano router BR-6258n which has only one LAN port, you
need to disconnect your computer from BR-6258n. Connect the LAN port of
BR-6258n to the wired router.

Step 6. Perform tests to verify the success.


Go to the Network Connection Window.
If your computer keeps the LAN cable with Edimax Wireless router, double
click on Local Area Connection. In the Local Area Connection Status
window, go to Details button or Support tab. Verify the IP address. If you
receive a proper IP address which is from the wired router, the Edimax
Wireless Router has converted as a Wireless Access Point Successfully.


Turn on your Wireless computers or Wireless devices.

In Windows 7, Right click on “Wireless Network Connection”, click on
“Connect / Disconnect”. You would see the WiFi signal from Wireless Access
Point(Edimax Wireless Router)


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Select the Wireless Access Point. Click on Connect.


Type in your wireless password. Click on OK.


The Red X on Wireless Network Connection will disappear.


Double Click on Wireless Network Connection to go into Status.

The IPv4 Connectivity should be Internet.

Congratulations, you have converted Edimax Wireless Router to a Wireless
Access Point.