Can’t access settings on a wireless router when used as an access point

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Short story long... I have a small office that belongs to a domain and has all IP addresses assigned via a Cisco PIX (10.10.10.xxx). Within this I have a TrendNet TEW611BRP Wireless Router. If I plug the WAN into the WAN port on the TrendNet then it works as it should, providing another subnet (192.168.0.xxx by default). That's great except the wireless devices don't see the domain. So, I plugged the WAN cable into a LAN port on the TrendNet and turned off the wireless DHCP server. Now the wireless devices are assigned IPs by the PIX and can see the network just fine. Problem: I can't seem to get into the settings of the wireless access point when it is configured this way. Even when I do a tracert it doesn't show that a hop lands on the TrendNet wireless device. How do I call up the configuration pages on the AP if it doesn't have an address?? Thank you.
ASKED: January 31, 2007  6:26 PM
UPDATED: November 28, 2007  8:58 PM

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Try assigning a static IP address of 192.168.x.x to a computer with the gateway being the router and plug it into a LAN port on the router.

ALSO:
At a previous job, I was able to change a linksys wireless router into a wireless switch by doing the following:
Setup Linksys Wireless Router as a Switch

1. Change working mode to “gateway” instead of “router” ?Save
2. disable DHCP?Save
3. make sure to setup WPA or WEP ?Save before closing browser.

THe only problem was if I wanted to make a change, I had to factory reset the linksys to access it again.

This isn’t the best solution…you should look into non-consumer to get the job done effectively.

Todd.

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  • VietBob
    Thanks, tbitner, I think you've helped me overcome some frustration I've had! Similar task - needing to provide wireless access to our domain - I've tried three different w-routers, each time I got warm I lost communication! Knowing the access issue is the result of the changes I made rather than Murphy trying to piss me off: PRICELESS! -Bob
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