How to setup a home network with multiple access points

This article understands how to setup a home network with multiple access points. The below diagram shows a home network with a wireless router and laptops connected to it.

How to setup a home network with multiple access points

Step 1

Purchase the access points as per you requirements .

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Step 2

Connect the access points to the LAN interfaces of the router using ethernet cable.

Step 3

The wireless router would typically have DHCP server enabled on it. The access points would have the capability to be configured either with static or dynamic IP address. It is recommended that the access points are configured with a static IP address as it would help in the manageability of the device. For example, if you want to connect to the web interface of the access point, a pre-configured IP address would be required (Static) compared with a dynamic IP address.

Step 4

Assuming that the network address of the home is 192.168.1.0/24, allocate two static IP addresses 192.168.1.10 and 192.168.1.11 for the access points respectively.

Step 5

Connect to the web interfaces of the routers using the default access point IP address and change it to the above IP address. The access points, by default would have factory assigned IP address which can be seen in the appropriate documentation from the vendor. This has to be changed to the the above allocated IP address.

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Step 6

Once the IP addresses are configured, enable appropriate security protocol (WPA) for the access points.

Step 7

Some access points have DHCP servers. As there is already a router on the network which is also the DHCP server for the network, disable the DHCP servers on the access points.

The above steps would help to setup a home network with multiple access points.