Are you trying to extend the network range of your Belkin router? If yes, then here’s an alternate way to extend the network range by allowing the existing Belkin router to behave as an access point. Kindly refer to the following complete procedure to configure your Belkin router to act as an access point.
Ideally there are two possible ways for configuring Belkin router to act like an access point. One is through an access point option and another is by disabling DHCP server. Before you proceed with any of these two procedures, make sure the router that needs to be configured is connected with the computer and a power outlet that is powered ON. The LED light of Belkin router will blink for once if the Ethernet cable has been securely connected. Also, confirm if there is working internet network. If there is any issue with internet connectivity, then get it resolved before going through the following setup procedure. During this entire configuration procedure the internet port will not be used as all connecting Ethernet cables will be plugged in to any one of the remaining four LAN ports. Once all the pre-requirements are met, users may refer to the following procedures for configuring their Belkin router to behave as an access point.
Steps for configuring Belkin router to act as an access point by making changes to the “Access point” option:
- Visit the Belkin N300 Router Setup page from any of the web browsers on your device. You may type http://router or “192.168.2.1” as the URL and press down the enter key for once.
- After the Belkin web setup page loads up, locate the “Sign in” button and click on it.
- Type in the sign in credentials to open up the Belkin router’s admin account.
- Once you are logged in to the admin account, locate the “Wireless” tab and click on it.
- Under “Wireless” settings, click on “Channel and SSID” option for setting up name for AP’s Wi-Fi network. In order to configure security settings, users may visit the option for “Security” under “Wireless” settings. After making changes to the security settings, make sure you click on the “Save” button then only the changes will be retained.
- After you are done with wireless settings, return back to wireless settings and click on the option to “Use as an access point.”
- Click on the option to “Enable.” You will now be directed to the page where you can setup subnet mask and IP details of your Belkin router.
- Make sure the IP details being entered are unique i.e. the same IP address is not being used by any of the other devices placed around. Kindly ensure that the IP being assigned to Belkin router is within the specified range of existing main router. As per default settings the IP address is “192.168.2.254” and the subnet mask is “255.255.255.0.”
- After making the changes to IP and subnet mask, click on the option to “Apply Changes.”
- Now, connect the additional router to the main router by plugging in the one end of Ethernet cable to the LAN port of additional router and another end to the LAN port of your main router. In case of NAT issues try to disable the router capabilities.
In case, the option to “Use as an access point” is not available under your router settings then you may disable DHCP server for configuring your router to act as an access point.
Following are the steps to disable DHCP server settings:
- Visit the web setup page of your Belkin N300 Setup page from any of the web browsers on your internet connected device. Either access the page by its URL or try accessing it through IP address.
- Once you are the web setup page of your router, click on the “Login” or “Sign in” button.
- Type in the admin account sign in credentials to open up the account.
- Soon as the account opens up, locate the “Wireless” settings menu and click on it.
- Under Wireless settings menu click on the option for “Channel and SSID.” Under Channel & SSID users can setup a new network ID from existing main router.
- For security settings click on the “Security” option under wireless settings menu. After making the security changes click on “Save” so that the changes are retained.
- After going through the wireless settings, click on “LAN settings” available under LAN setup menu.
- Type in the IP address that is unique as well as not being used by any other devices present around. According to default settings the IP address and subnet mask will be set as “192.168.2.254” and 255.255.255.0 respectively.
- Click on “OFF” option available in front of “DHCP server” for disabling its settings.
- Locate the “Apply Changes” button and click on it.
- Now, connect the new router to existing main router through an Ethernet cable. Connect both the ends of an Ethernet cable to the LAN ports of your new and existing main router.
That’s all, now your router will be successfully set to act like an access point. Hope you found the complete procedure helpful. For more such information and help related to Belkin, always feel free to visit Belkin N300 Setup Support page. Users can also contact support persons in case they are unable self troubleshoot the concerns or for better understanding of Belkin setup concepts.