How to turn an old Wi-Fi router into an access point

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If you have an extra Wi-Fi router, you can use it as an external access point easily. So, instead of throwing away your old and unused router, turn it into a very useful device. Here are the basic settings that you need to configure to do so. Let's start!

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Take a piece of tape and block the WAN port.

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Connect your computer to the existing router using either Wi-Fi or network cable.

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Run Command Prompt if you’re using a Windows computer, type in “ipconfig” and press the “Enter” button.

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Note down the Default Gateway (IP Address) that you find.

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Go to System Preferences if you’re using a Mac. Then go to Network to find out the router’s IP address.

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Now, connect your old router to the computer to see what IP address it currently has.

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Collect that IP address and open the router’s web interface with it.

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Go to Network Setup part and then select LAN Setting and change the IP address to 192.168.1.2

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Then turn off the DHCP Server and hit the “Apply” button to save the changes.

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At last, connect the old router to the new router using a network cable and it will work as an external access point.

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