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Turn your old router into an access point to strengthen the wifi signal in your home, in you office or outside

If you have an old router that you dont use anymore why don’t you turn it into an access point to strengthen the wifi signal in your home, or outside around the house?

Strengthen the wifi signal using your old router

Why not use the old router to make your existing network better. Sound logical, does not it?
When I needed to live stream something outside of our office, in the basketball field to be exact, I thought I should take a router out to make the internet connection better. It worked and here is how I did it.

Configure the old router to be an access point

Actually the only thing you must do is to access your old router (in my case it was a TP-Link), and just configure it to be an extender of the router you are using in your network. Acting kind of like a wifi repeater.

You can connect the old router first to your computer and log in to it. The IP address it usually uses is 192.168.0.1 and the login and password is most of the time on a sticker at the bottom of the router.
Do some firmware upgrade first, just to make sure the router uses the latest firmware.

 

After that look in the menu where you can set your router to act as an access point.

Go to Network>LAN on the side menu and change the LAN IP address of your TP-Link N router to an IP address on the same segment of the main router. This IP address should be outside the main router’s DHCP range.

Example: if the DHCP of your main router is 192.168.2.100 – 192.168.2.199 then you can set the IP of the TP-Link N router to 192.168.2.X (X should be outside your main router’s DHCP range), like 192.168.2.11.

Go to Wireless>Wireless Settings and configure the SSID (Network name) which can be the same or different from the main router’s. Select Save.

Then go to Wireless>Wireless Security and configure the wireless security. WPA/WPA2-Personal is recommended as the most secure option.  Once configured, click Save.

Go to DHCP>DHCP Settings and select Disable the DHCP Server. Select Save then reboot the router.
And voilá, that’s it your old router is connected to the new one.

Use an Ethernet cable to connect the main router to your TP-Link N router through their LAN ports (any LAN ports may be used). All other LAN ports on your TP-Link N router will now grant devices Internet access. Alternatively, any Wi-Fi device can now access the Internet through your TP-Link N router by using the SSID and Password set up in the above steps.

You can take this router to a further area of your office or outside where the signal is not so strong (in my case to the basketball field, connected with a 30 meter UTP cabel. You will notice that the strength of the bandwith is getting a big boost in areas where the reception was not so strong before, using this old router.