Advice Req adding second access point to system

Discussion in 'Home Networking' started by Rob Black, Feb 10, 2005.

  1. Rob Black

    Rob Black Guest


    I need a little advice on adding a second access point to my LAN.

    Here are the details from the access point already running:
    Netgear DG834G MkII
    Access Point1 IP
    Default Gateway
    DHCP Enabled
    Five IP addresses from to have been reserved for
    equipment that is already in use using this access point.

    What I need to know is the following:

    By default, the new access point has an IP address of, Is this
    OK, or is there any reason to change this to something else?

    Should the default gateway on the new access point be the same as the
    default gateway on access point 1 (

    Can DHCP be in used on the second access point, seeing as DHCP is already
    being used by access point 1, and are they likely to clash with DHCP being
    enabled on both?

    I assume that I need to set a different channel for the new access point, is
    there any advisable channel spacing that will make reception better? AP1
    currently uses channel 11, whilst the new AP2 is currently set to channel 6.

    I ask these questions because I tried ruuning the new access point last
    night and the wireless client failed to log in, and I kept getting a message
    saying 'Trying to aquire network address', it then failed and ended up with
    a weird IP address that looked nothing like anything associated with my LAN.

    I have also noticed a setting for making the access point a repeater. If I
    set it up as a repeater, is it likely to work OK with equipment from another
    manufacturer? The new access point is a DWL-900AP+, whilst access point 1 is
    a Netgear DG834G


    Many Thanks
    Rob Black, Feb 10, 2005
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  2. Rob Black

    Jon Guest

    You can keep the default ip address
    They will probably clash
    You need the same channel and ssid
    What mode did you try the new access point in?
    The Dlink wont, or is not documented to work in repeater mode with APs
    of diffrent makes but you can try it.

    You should be able to put it into client mode and it will accociate
    with your Netgear AP
    Jon, Feb 10, 2005
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  3. Rob Black

    Steve Guest

    Same channel and SSID? That doesn't sound right to me.

    Certainly same channel is wrong!

    Steve, Feb 10, 2005
  4. Rob Black

    Jon Guest

    I wouldn't say "certainly" wrong. If the two APs are connecting
    wirelessly they would need to be the same.
    One of the questions was regarding setting the dlink up as a repeater
    so I assume they will connect via wireless.
    If roaming is required then I don't think the 900ap+ supports this
    unless there has been a firmware upgrade.
    Jon, Feb 10, 2005
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