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The general idea of setting up a router as a range extender for your main WiFi router's area of WiFi coverage, can be summed up in these particulars:
1. set it as a WiFi router too.
2. set it up largely the same as the main router - same SSID, same WEP or WPA or PSK or other wireless encryption type, and the same wireless passphrase (commonly known as a 'wireless password').
3. but, set it up with DHCP *disabled*, so that only the main router can supply DHCP service to devices. And, set it up with a fixed-IP address of its own, that is near the top of the main router's address range.
(For instance: suppose the main router has an IP Address, locally (to be found out by looking for the Default Gateway address of any computer connected to it) of
just to name a rather odd set of values. The '2' and the '23' are the crucial part.
The 'range' of the main router in this case, would be from
or some such. In which case, you should assign the range extender or secondary WiFi router, to a fixed IP address of
or some such.
Here's a vague guide, also to the general facts of range extender setup:
Remember that, in configuring a range extender, one has to set it to the same SSID as the WiFi router one is trying to extend.
And also, the encryption code must be the exact same type (not just WPA, for instance, but if the main router is WPA-PSK, then the extender must be WPA-PSK too. This requirement may even extend to revision level, so if a router is very new and an extender is much older, it may not work.
Another point: range extenders must actually be within range of the main router. So check on that also, by trying to access the main router (after turning Off the range extender altogether, and unplugging it) from that same position with a wireless-equipped laptop, and see if it has a reasonably strong signal, of at least two bars I would recommend (though only one green bar *might* work reliably.)
Let me know how it goes, and what you find out, please. Thanks.
Do not set the range extender differently from the main router - if you want it to work - except for
A. setting it to disable DHCP
B. setting it to have a static IP address.
If you want it to work some the first time, you have to curb an impulse to set it up as ultra-efficient. In this sort of thing, you get it working first, then you refine it a bit (bit by bit) after that, when you have a working basis to go back to in case one settings change to improve it disables it altogether.
Set the IP of the DAP-1522, not to 192.168.2.2, but to something like
as I already said in my instructions. (If you're viewing this on a smartphone, it may be hard to read... let me know if so.)
It *has* to be set up with the same SSID and wireless 'password' as the main router. Or it won't extend range for the main router, it will be its own WiFi AP.
You'll be using the same network, just with extended range. That's the whole point, right?
Try it, get it working, then we'll discuss the further reaches of possibility.
Here's some instructions:
- don't use Quick Setup.
- connect a computer (e.g. the Vaio) to the D-Link with a cable. Disconnect from other router/primary router first, if not already disconnected, to avoid confusion!
- hold down the reset button on the D-Link, for 45 seconds or longer continuously.
- open a web browser, enter this address:
and press Enter. You should get a username-and-password *****
for the username. Enter either
or else a blank, no entries, no characters, for the password.
- if that gets into the D-Link router's setup, don't use Quick Setup. Set the D-Link (as previously said) to all the same settings as the main router... except for
A. no DHCP, DHCP disabled on the D-Link's setup
B. fixed IP address on the D-Link, in upper range of the main router's IP addressing.
If you have a problem at any point, just stop there, ask me, we'll get through it.
AP mode, yes.
Here are some steps toward the task you need to do:
1. Have you connected the computer to the router box, by a network cable to one of its four common ports (numbered 1 through 4 on the router's case next to each port) ?
2. Have you determined the router's IP Address, and entered that address in the
bar of your web browser program and pressed RETURN ?
3. Have you gotten the prompt popup, for username and password, and entered
for the username ?
4. Have you entered the correct password, and logged in to your router's setup utility?
5. If so, what do you see? (I don't know your router's brand, nor its model #. Tell me those, if you have gotten this far.)
I can't put it more step-by-step than I already have. I really cannot. You may have to have someone else do the steps for you.
The router box: the D-Link box.
I am gathering an impression that my instructions are not producing any progress, and since your computer is an Apple, I don't think offering Remote Service would do you much good. So I have Opted Out at this point (but can Opt In to the case, again, if you prefer, immediately or at any time, at your request.)
Hi. My name is***** you for your question and the opportunity to assist. Are you connecting the 1522 to your router with a network cable?
Gotcha. Take a look at this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYJPGqtyFZU
Here's a link to the manual: http://www.dlink.com/-/media/Consumer_Products/DAP/DAP%201522/Manual/DAP%201522_Manual_v1_EN_UK.pdf
My biggest hurdle is that you're using a Mac and I'm no expert on those.
When you get the laptop you'll need to connect to the dap with a network cable.
Set the switch on the dap to bridge mode.
Let me know when you have it hooked up.
Let's try it without being connected to the router first. Once you have the two connected you'll need to give the laptop a static IP address. Hold down the Windows logo key and press R. In the Run box type ncpa.cpl and click OK.
Right click on your ethernet icon and select Properties
In the open window select: Internet Protocol version 4 (TCP/IP v4) and click the Properties button.
Click "Use the following IP address". Use 192.168.0.49 subnet mask 255.255.255.0
and click OK.
Then open Internet explorer and type in http://192.168.0.50 or http://dlinkap
either of those should get you to the dlink login page
I don't know how far the dap is from your router but it needs to be able to get the wireless signal from the router.
If it's too far away you'll have issues.
Excellent. The username is: admin
Leave the password ***** empty.
Once you're logged in start the video at just over the 3 minute mark.
They give a good explanation.
Basically you're connecting the dap to your wireless at this point.
Make sure you know your wireless password. You'll be asked for it.
That's fine. Keep going.
Do manual config like in the video
Does the laptop have internet access while connected to the dap?
OK. Connect something else to it and check.
Yes. If the laptop is connected to the dap via ethernet cable and it's getting internet access wirelessly through the router it sounds to me like it's working.
Turn off wireless on the laptop. Open the Run box again. Right click the ethernet icon again and go back to the Internet Protocol Version 4 properties and select Obtain an IP address automatically and click OK.
With the laptop still connected to the dap with the network cable, restart it and check if it now has internet access.
If it does then everything is working.
How's it going?
We need to check if the laptop is getting an IP address. Open the Run box again. Type: cmd and click OK.
At the blinking prompt in the black window type: ipconfig and press Enter.
Scroll up to the top and under Ethernet Adapter check if it has an IPv4 address.
What is it? If it starts with 169 it needs to be something else.
That's excellent. It could only be getting that from your router.
Have you tried going to different websites like google or something else?
That's strange. In the black window at the prompt type: ping 192.168.2.1
You should get 4 replies with 0% packet loss
Then type: ping google.com
you should get the same response.
For both 192.168.2.1 and google.com?
If you're able to hit the router (192.168.2.1) and google.com
with 0% loss then you're connected to the internet. Try a different device connected to the dap.
I'm not sure what you mean by "name it"
Are you referring to the Netbios name they showed in the video?
The netbios name needs to show something. If it showed dlinkap in the box that's fine.
And these are what your ping results looked like (see attachment)
my router has a different IP address but your results should look the same
When you do the ipconfig command is 192.168.2.1 the number that shows for your Default Gateway?
Ok. open the browser and in the address bar type: http://192.168.2.1
and let me know if you hit your router login page.
Ok. So you're hitting the router. Try this on the Vaio.
Open up the IPv4 properties again. Leave the IP address set to automatic.
Select Use the following DNS server addresses
and type in: 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52 and click OK.
See if that makes a difference.
What kind of router do you have?
Let me do some checking to see if the dap has compatibility requirements.
I know this is getting old but we're so close, I hope. Let's put the dap in the same network.
You'll need to put the 192.168.0.249 and 255.255.255.0 numbers back on the ethernet adapter
for the vaio. Then log back in to the dap at 192.168.0.50
Once in the dap click Setup up at the top and then Network settings on the left
change the numbers to those in the attachment and save them.
Once you save them you'll be disconnected from the dap because it's now in the same network as the router.
Set the ethernet adapter to get an IP automatically and restart the laptop. It will get one from the router and you should be able to connect
back to the dap with it's new address.
I also haven't found anything that say the dap is incompatible with any routers.
Good morning. Will you be available later on?
Hi. Is the dap working yet?