Hey, it's pre-dawn on a Sunday morning! Let's talk wireless networking, shall we?
One of the revelations from my the Florida trip is that wi-fi (even 802.11g) is a little too slow for my liking. For those of you that have got the itch though, let me make one suggestion: Buy a wireless access point versus a wireless router.
Why? A wireless access point does nothing on the network but talk to your little wi-fi devices. It plugs straight into your existing router. A wireless router is intended to replace your Ethernet router – meaning all your Ethernet traffic would be directed through the wireless unit while it is busy sending out little 54mHz signals. While well intentioned, the wireless router seems to slow down traffic on the Ethernet to about half. For those of you accustomed to 100Mbps, it's a crawl.
Already bought a wireless router? Well all hope is not lost.
Linksys, in it's product documentation and support docs, says that connecting a wireless router to an Ethernet router "can potentially cause unforeseen problems" during the troubleshooting process.
Let's set the record straight – If your Ethernet network is already working properly, there is no reason you can't expand it by adding a wireless router. That being said, everyone is agreed that if you're going to add wireless networking, it is recommended that you do so by adding a Linksys wireless access point (WAP54g) instead of a wireless router.
How to connect a Linksys Wireless router to a regular Ethernet Linksys router
Take a straight through Ethernet cable and connect it to a regular port on your main router, and plug the other end into the Uplink port on your Wireless Router (If your wireless router does not have an uplink port, try a regular port). After you connect the two, you should get a Link LED on the port that you plugged the wireless router into on the main router. For example, if you connected the wireless router to port 2 on the main router, then you should get a "Link" LED on the number 2 Column.
- With the router powered up, hold in the Reset button located on the front or back of the unit for about 1 minute. On some units you may need a paperclip to hold in the reset.
- Connect one computer (It does not matter which one) into one of the numbered ports on the back of your Wireless router (Or into the LAN port on some wireless routers), then start the computer.
- After connecting that computer, verify that you're getting a Link LED that corresponds to the port which you plugged the computer into (I.E. if the computer was plugged into port 2, then the "Link/Act" LED on the front of the router for the number 2 column should be illuminated).
- When the computer finishes its boot up, open Internet Explorer, or your web browser of choice. After your web browser opens, type in http://192.168.1.1 into the "Address" bar.
- You'll be prompted for a "User Name" and "Password", leave the "User Name" blank, and type in admin as the password, then click OK.
- The "Setup" page should load, after it does, click onto the DHCP tab. When the "DHCP" area loads, you're going to want to click the option to Disable under the "DHCP Server" area. After you set the option to "Disable" click the Apply button, then Continue if you're prompted. (screenshot)
- Click onto the Setup tab. Once the "Setup" page loads, you'll need to change the LAN IP Address to correspond with the other routers IP subnet. For example, if your other router is set to 192.168.1.1, then you'll need to set the wireless router to an IP Address of 192.168.1.254. After you make the change click the Apply button. After you hit Apply, you'll be able to access the Wireless router via the IP address you just assigned it, so if you assigned it 192.168.1.254, then you would need to type in 192.168.1.254 into your browser to access it's setup. (screenshot)
Directions originally posted here – all credit to original author team.