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

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49 thoughts on “How to turn an old Wi-Fi router into an access point

  • June 21, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    It's connected but on my phone it says that it failed to obtain ip adress

  • July 3, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    Thanks alot I live on 4 acres of land with 3 buildings that are about 100ft apart and I needed Wi-Fi in all 3 buildings. I bought a nighthawk v3 router hoping it would cover at least 2 of the buildings but it covered one perfectly and then building 2 it only worked with certain devices. So Ive now taken 125 feet of Ethernet cat 6 cable in addition to the original Wi-Fi router my isp cave me in addition to the nighthawk v3 router using this method and after alittle bit of finagleing I now have stable enough Wi-Fi in all 3 buildings for my use purposes. Thanks a bunch.

  • July 3, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    I found my second router's IP address but I cannot go onto it's homepage. What gives?

  • July 4, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    It should be mentioned that this new AP-router is broadcasting a new wifi network, which you will need to add a name and key to. This would've been much more helpful to know how to mesh extend with an extra router (if available).
    I know most people tend to stick with one brand of networking gear, so more than a few watching this video would've benefited turning their home into one giant efficient wifi network versus a fragmented, multiple network wifi.

  • July 6, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    <beyonce voice> all the signal ladies! </beyonce voice>

  • July 11, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    I have an old wifi router and in old wifi router there is no settings for lan… What should i do?

  • July 14, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    Most important thing people should know is when you turn of DHCP on your old router and reboot you need to connect (wired) the old router to the new 1 directly! As soon you turn of DHCP of your old router it won't give your connected devices a IP anymore!!!  and that's why some people here cant connect back to the old router!

  • July 15, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    I have just followed your instructions, sir, and I also am hiding in my bedroom because of all the ladies invading my apt through the windows because of the sexy wifi that is now everywhere.
    Not sure if I should thank you because there's a legion of ladies here (Just kidding; you're a lifesaver!)

  • July 16, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    so i dont plug the lan from the router in the wan port? in lan1 or how?

  • July 21, 2018 at 4:13 am

    I think the ladies just love the LONG……..LONG………..range of the wifi.

  • July 26, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    it depends on your router,
    my asus has ddwrt, and it uses the wan port to send the bridged signal ,
    sometimes you can change the port you have it on also.

  • July 27, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    you forgot to mention the exact way to connect the two routers
    Trust me, people WILL be confused

  • July 30, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    Bald, asian guy with glasses and funny accent. That's all I need to see to know this guy is legit !

  • July 31, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    Will this work on an apple router? Can you turn an Airport Extreme Router into just a wifi access point?

  • August 1, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    dude you are my hero. and if i can get this to work at my house you are double my hero. thank you <3

  • August 2, 2018 at 4:27 am

    So, does the access point have a different Wi-Fi name then your original Wi-Fi? Is that how access points work? If you set it up as a repeater then it would have the same Wi-Fi name, correct?

  • August 5, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    They love that stuff especially after she has u arrested, uses your children to harrass you, shell enjoy the blanket wifi while your living on the street!

  • August 7, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    So by doing this will the computers connected to the old router/access point still be on the network of your gateway/modem? I'm trying to do this at my place of work but the printer is on the network along with the modem/gateway. I need to make sure the computers connected to the new access point (old router) will be able to connect to the existing network and access the printer on it.

  • August 13, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    So I can get a powerline adapter plugged in from my living room to the opposite side of the house aka my room having the second adapter then I plug an Ethernet cable into the spare router and it'll work?

  • August 22, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    Its painful to watch people who think they are hilarious, but are not.

  • August 23, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    How do you connect the phone rj11 input on the old modem , you need to convert the LAN rj45 got from the current new router into a phone rj11 connector, and then plug it into the old modem?? That is what I'm searching to understand how to do… I don't have connectors, I will just use the last 20cm end of a rj11 cable and I want to connect the wires inside…
    Can somebody tell me how the colors are going to connect? From the LAN cable to the phone cable, in order to plug the phone into the old router.
    I'm using the T568B color definition.

  • August 25, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    Bro i use two tplink routers one as the main router and another a repeater.I have alliance connection. So after suppose a power cut i have to resign in to the alliance network on the main router. But the repeater doesnot read the main router .i have to reset the router every power cut.any solutions.

  • August 26, 2018 at 12:41 am

    If you turn off the DHCP server
    how do other computers connect to wireless ?…. FFFNg Confusing… I think you are Long Beach !!!

  • September 5, 2018 at 8:07 am

    That was the sexiest networking video I've ever seen.

  • September 5, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    When I try to search in google it gives me this message (Your connection is not private, attackers might be trying to steal your information)

  • September 11, 2018 at 9:25 am

    I have an old Linksys WRT120N and I can't login to the default gateway, non of the username and password worked even after resetting it. Can you help me with this?

  • September 17, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    LOL . Very funny. Thanks for the info.

  • September 23, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    after I change the IP address for the router, I cant enter the router anymore in browser with the new IP (or the old one for that matter). when I try to check Default Gateway in Ethernet status it's empty, while ipconfig in command prompt shows a bunch of letters and and number (like in IPv6 format). Anyone can help?

  • October 3, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    Why would you want to blanket your home with wifi?? Turn the D…. stuff off is what I say. This lady runs a mile at wifi. It amazes me how logical based/scientific type people do not consider the health effects of wifi. Check out Dr Erica Mallery Blythe here on youtube. Perhaps the gentlemen should know that rats become sterile after around 4 generations in EMF exposure experiments. And that's just one of the health effects. I came on here by the way seeking to find a way to turn this flippin technology off!!

  • October 4, 2018 at 1:32 am

    "Why? that's how networking work". I've had teachers like that in high school

  • October 7, 2018 at 4:33 am

    This worked great except that I can only get a 5mbps speed off of the new access point. Im using a Linksys smart router with an old Linksys E1500. My download speed is only 5mbps on the E1500. Any ideas?

  • October 9, 2018 at 3:44 am

    Thank you so much for this information. God Bless you.

  • November 1, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    You guys are off the charts funny! I guess being a geek doesn't have to be dull. I think you'd have to prove that you have ladies all over your house……but I get that the wife and likely older kids are loving the signal. I'm not really wanting to turn my house into a Starbucks just yet though guys. But I'm glad you guys are popular with the ladies.

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