Local area networks (or LANs) are quite useful when the need to connect multiple computers to the Internet exists. They are also useful when users frequently need to access each other’s files or a printer, in which case networks can be set to allow file and/or printer sharing. In order to add wireless capabilities to a wired network or extend the range of an existing wireless network, a network administrator will need to connect an access point to the router.
An access point is like a wireless router in that it enables wireless networking. However, access points are merely add-ons to networks. They can’t replace a router, all they will do is extend the range of an existing wireless network or add wireless capabilities to a wired network. Whether you have a wireless or wired router, an access point may be connected via a hardwired (Ethernet) connection to enable or extend wireless networking.
Things You’ll Need
Ethernet cable (must be long enough to reach from your router to your Access Point)
Set up your access point in a convenient location central to the area it will be servicing. Consult your access point documentation for specific instructions regarding its range and installation.
Turn off your (wired or wireless) router and access point (if they aren’t already off).
Connect your Ethernet cable to the proper port in your router, then connect the other end of the cable to the proper port in your access point. Consult your router and/or access point documentation for help in determining the proper ports.
Turn on your access point, then turn on and reset your router. (The reset button should be located on the back of the router.) Configure any remaining settings specified in your access point documentation (e.g., password). If you had a wired network prior to this operation, you have now added wireless capabilities to your network. If you had a wireless network prior to this operation, you have now extended the wireless range of your network.
Tips & Warnings
The process behind setting up a password will vary with different access point brands and models. Consult your documentation for specific instructions.