How To Setup a Wireless Access Point

By | August 7, 2019

How To Setup a Wireless Access Point Step
Setting up a wireless AP (access point) is easy to do with the right hardware.

They can extend the WiFi to other buildings such as garages, basements, or any place there is a bad WiFi signal.

This makes them ideal in many scenarios when the WiFi has a bad spot and needs extending.

What is a Wireless Access Point?
A wireless access point is any device that allows a WiFi connection.

For example, a smartphone can connect to it wirelessly and be on the internet.

A router is technically an access point and internet gateway combination.

Most of the time when talking about an access point it is an added device that extends a routers WiFi signal and internet connection.

Types of Wireless Access Point
There is a few ways to set up a wireless access point from using an old router to dedicated hardware

An old router can be set up as an access point and can be a good free option if you have one laying around.

The basic setup is to run an Ethernet Cat 5/6 cable to the old router from the main router and configure the settings.

Read Here for More Details on Setting Up an Old Router as an AP.

While a second router is an option there is also many good low-cost dedicated access points available.

All dedicated WiFi access points will have different setup and options.

One such unit the the TP-Link RE450 AC1750 with the steps below for how it is setup.

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How To Setup a Wireless Access Point (TP-Link RE450 AC1750)

  1. Plug the unit into a wall outlet and power it on.
  2. How To Setup a Wireless Access Point Step 1

  3. Using a computer open the WiFi tab and click on the one of the Default IDs.
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    There is 2 Default IDs TP-Link_Extender_2.4GHz and TP-Link_Extender_5.4GHz.
    How To Setup a Wireless Access Point Step 2

  5. Open a Web Browser such as Chrome or Firefox and type in http://tplinkrepeater.net
  6. How To Setup a Wireless Access Point Step 3

  7. Login with the Username: admin and Password: admin
  8. How To Setup a Wireless Access Point Step 4

  9. Create a new Username and Password
  10. .

  11. The unit will find available WiFi networks. Find and click on your Routers 2.4GHz band and enter the password.
  12. How To Setup a Wireless Access Point Step 6

  13. Find and click on your Routers 5GHz side and enter the password.
  14. Create a new broadcast name. The broadcast name is what is seen when connecting to the unit.
  15. How To Setup a Wireless Access Point Step 8

  16. After saving the setting the units LED light will turn solid blue and the unit is ready to use.
  17. How To Setup a Wireless Access Point Step 9

Summary
Setting up an access point to help cover weak WiFi signals is easy to do with the right hardware.

AP’s are often necessary for detached buildings, garages, basements or any time there is a weak WiFi signal.

There are many APs available with the TP-Link RE450 above simply one of our favorite choices.

All units will have a different setup and features so be sure to shop around when looking for one.




 




 

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