24 February 2009 @ 23:09Connect Linksys WAP54G to Airport Extreme
When you have a wireless network and computers without wireless capabilities, one option is to use an Access Point in Client mode. The access point becomes a client to the main wireless access point (sometimes referred to as a wireless bridge).
Example: There is an existing wireless network in place in a warehouse. Across the warehouse there are several computers without wireless capability. The options are (1) install wireless cards in each computer, (2) pull a long ethernet wire across the warehouse to the computers, or (3) install one wireless access point and a hub to allow multiple wired computers to join the wireless network.
In my particular case, I needed to use a Linksys WAP54G to act as a client to an Airport Extreme Base Station. The WAP54G user guide has a note that says that in order for AP Client mode to work, both devices must be Linksys devices. Fortunately, that is not the case. Here are the steps I took to create the bridge:
1. Connect the WAP54G to a computer via ethernet.
2. Set the IP address of the computer to the 192.168.1.1 range.
3. Browse to 192.168.1.245
4. Login to the WAP54G with the default username and password.
5. Click on AP Mode from the Linksys menu
6. Choose AP Client, and and click Site Survey.
7. Click on the radio button for the Airport Extreme.
8. Enter the wireless password for the Airport Extreme.
10. Now, back on the main Linksys page, click Save settings.
11. Verify that the MAC address on the AP Client window is blue. If it is red, there is no connection yet.
12. Go to the Network tab, and set the WAP54G to DCHP instead of Static IP and click save.
13. You will not be able to get into the AP from now via your browser.
14. Change your network config on the computer attached to the WAP54G to reflect the settings used on the Airport’s network.