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Expand WLAN with an access point - this is how it works

Hermann Apfelböck, Thomas Joos, Thomas Rau

A WLAN access point for wireless network clients is the more convincing variant in terms of performance compared to a repeater. It is suitable for use where the WLAN base station transmits weakly, but there is an Ethernet connection.

EnlargeSince the main route runs over the cable connection, the transmission power of access points is usually outstanding.

The way access points work is simple: They receive their network data via a fast Ethernet cable and then transmit to WLAN devices. The prices for home-compatible access points start at around 35 euros. Many devices that you will find under the designation access point can also work as repeaters - and vice versa. However, almost any obsolete router can easily take on the role of an access point.

EnlargeFrom here the radio starts: the data runs in the cable network up to the access point. The access point supplies the WLAN clients at the desired location.

Since the access point only works as an interface between the cable and wireless network, it brings the WLAN clients into the existing network without their own routing. The WLAN participants get their IP addresses from the central router and not from the access point.

EnlargeThe home network range can be easily increased with the TP-Link TL-WA901ND access point.

Access point: From the cable network to the radio network

If the router wireless network does not cover an important room, but there is a cable network there, you should preferably use a WLAN access point at this location. From a technical point of view, it does not matter whether it is a direct Ethernet network or a powerline bridge that arrives there.

An access point such as the TP-Link TL-WA901ND (around 45 euros) is connected to the cable network via its Ethernet port using a CAT cable. As soon as it is connected, the access point can be configured in the browser using its IP address on the PC.

The access point takes an IP by default, which the manual reveals together with the access data. In most cases, however, it is easier and faster to look for the new access point in the router's device list - in a Fritzbox you can find the connected network devices under "Home network -> Mesh", for example. If you type in the IP address shown there in the browser, the login dialog of the access point appears. The first thing to do is to ensure that the device receives a self-defined, fixed IP in the future. And make sure you give the “admin” account a secure password. If the admin access of the access point is protected ex works, you will find the appropriate user name and password in the manual.

The new radio network is set up under “Wireless” or “Wireless” and requires the usual WLAN information - ie a network name (SSID), the encryption type (preferably WPA-Personal) and the access password.

Of course, the dedicated access points also offer the definition of the channel, bandwidth and visibility of the wireless network. Mobile devices can then connect to this new wireless network immediately or, depending on their location, to the base station. It is therefore best to use clearly distinguishable SSID names for the wireless router network and for that of the access point (s).

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Tip: The more complex representatives of their kind offer numerous options that invite you to try it out, but can also go wrong. In addition, access points that are used less frequently can “forget” their configuration data after a period of time without power supply. You should therefore always use the option of saving the settings of the properly configured device as a file on your work computer.

This is how fast the access point should be

The data rate that an access point should deliver via LAN and WLAN depends on the performance of the devices that you want to bring into the network via it. Accordingly, choose a model with Gigabit LAN and 11ac WLAN if you want to connect many devices with high transfer performance. In the other case, if, for example, only an older tablet or notebook is to have access to the home network via the AP, Fast Ethernet (100 Mbit / s) is sufficient for the LAN and 11n for the WLAN connection.

EnlargeTP-Link repeaters with a LAN socket can be turned into an access point with a menu setting.

Turn the WLAN repeater into an access point

Many WLAN repeaters with prices starting at around 15 euros have a LAN connection: You can then use the device itself as an access point - if its firmware allows it - there should then be a corresponding option in the repeater menu: With TP -Link repeaters, for example, click on the “Mode” menu and now activate “Accesspoint” instead of “Repeater”. With a Fritz repeater like the AVM 1200, go to “Home network access -› Change access type ”and mark the entry“ LAN bridge ”. With some repeaters, such as the Netgear EX6100, you can simply change the mode using a switch on the housing.

EnlargeAn older Fritzbox can be converted to an access point using the IP client mode.

Router recycling as an access point

In many cases, you don't even need a new device. Often the old router from a previous provider is still in the basement, which easily takes on this task. Connect this router with CAT cable