Networking IP setting and Access Points

I hope someone can shed light on this dilemma..Here is my problem I have a Linksys BEFSR81 wired router, and a generic (no name) 2.4Ghz. wireless access point router.... and a Linksys EG0801W 8 port switch. Here is my set up thus far and works and has for years.. Here goes. Modem Bridged to Router PPPoE Static IP Linksys Working mode: Gateway PPPoE LAN IP Subnet Mask: Connected to 8 Port Switch where all PC's are connected and is the Wireless Access Point. DHCP is Disabled, all clients on the Linksys have assigned addresses, I run several servers that require that they stay on the same port. So on all client machines IP:192.168.1.XXX Subnet: DNS:XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX Secondary DNS:XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX ___________________________________ My Access point is connected to the Linksys, from the Uplink port of the Access point. When Adding my Wireless for my daughter's and my laptop I was able to get on the net by assigning IP's and DNS numbers... I connect to several networks when traveling and have to always go from DHCP Auto and reinstall IP's and DNS when I return does my daughter. I have tried several times to set the Wireless Access point to Router Mode and DHCP so WE could just start up and go like we do most places, everything auto assigned. I guess where I am getting confused is the IP, Gateway and Subnet for the Access Point.. I tried this on the wireless access point Working Mode Router IP: Subnet: and DHCP: Enabled DNS:XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX Seconday:XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX __________________________________ When I try to put into gateway field on the wireless it tells me it is a bad IP address.. I have tried everyting I can think of as far as IP's, Gateways, Routing.. any help or suggestions will be appreciated. So it?s : Modem====LinksyszBEFSR81====EG0801W====WAP))((Laptop Any help on this problem will be appreciated. THankZ

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You do not mention what you are using for an access point, so I’ll just tell you how it could be set up for you.

Since you are using static IP addresses on your network, you need to assign an unused IP address in the range to the access point. Then, assuming your wired router is using as its IP, that would be the gateway point. This is how you have it set on your wired computers. Also use the same address for DNS as you have for your wired computers.

Then set up the DHCP server. You may use a different subnat for this, or just chose an unused range in your current network. When you fire up the laptop with DHCP enabled, you should gain the IP fromthe access point and be ready to go.If you are still ahving a problem bring up a DOS prompt and run IPCONFIG /ALL to see what your laptop has picked up for an IP and other settings. If they do not match your settings, check to see where the laptop may be gaining the information from. There may be another wireless network that is giving it an IP, but is not really strong enough to carry much of a signal. Check your wireless settings using the utility provided with the computer to determine the networks available, and select your home access point as the prefeerred access.

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  • Larrythethird
    Everything stevesz said a right on the money. To troubleshoot this network, start at the WAN link and work out. The Linksys appears to be the connection to your ISP. As such, it should be the router (, DHCP server and the primary DNS server. The AP and the switch can both be layer two, no IP address is needed in either. As long are setup in VLAN 1, the default VLAN, everything should work fine. If you need to manage them via IP, change their IP addresses to and 253. That way, you know they are not on the .1 address, your router. My home network is like that. I have a Netgear MR814v2 connected to a 24 port switch (I got it free), which only has the default VLAN and an IP address of for management, which I rarely use.You should really only need to administrate the AP for MAC addresses and whatever encryption you are using. Then you don't need to touch it.
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