Make your own Wi-Fi access point, for free

Make your own Wi-Fi access point, for free

Summary: Looking for something to do this weekend? If you’ve got an old wireless router that you have outgrown, why not turn it into an access point and use it to wipe out dead zones throughout your home?

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Looking for something to do this weekend? If you’ve got an old wireless router that you have outgrown, why not turn it into an access point and use it to wipe out dead zones throughout your home?

Make your own Wi-Fi access point, for free

I just ran across a handy step-by-step guide on SmallNetBuilder.com. The writer, Tim Higgins, tells you how to convert a Linksys WRT54G router into an access point, serving up screen grabs to walk you through each step. Basically, all you need to do is disable the DHCP server in the device you want to be the access point, and change the IP address (for the AP) to an address that is outside the LAN DHCP server range.

That gives you a new access point, and it’s free.

Topics: Wi-Fi, Networking

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  • When did the Linksys WRT54G become free

    Even if you had a router already, claiming that you can "Make your own Wi-Fi access point, for free" is a big stretch of the truth.

    The router cost money, so you need to add the cost (even if reusing) to the cost of the "free" access point.
    wackoae
    • Beat me to it

      These were my thoughts exactly.
      propagandhi
    • If you think about it...

      Well if the router is just sitting there uunused and you need an access point then this saves you from having to purchase another piece of hardware for that purpose doesn't it? ( Yes it does )

      So in essense the access point is free since it would otherwise be money wasted sitting collecting dust.

      And how many of us DON'T have equipment doing just that?
      Mantei Woodcraft Ltd.
  • RE: Make your own Wi-Fi access point, for free

    Well, yes, you're correct. It's free only if you have a router laying around that you no longer use. I'm assuming that many people have upgraded and have an older, unused router.
    rik
    RikFairlie
  • Will roaming work?

    This is a timely article for me. I've been using my Netgear wireless router indoors as an AP since day 1 but its signal isn't very strong out on the deck.

    My question is, and the article on SmallNetBuilder doesn't say, how does roaming work?

    Do I use the same SSID? Can I carry my notebook around from one signal to the other?

    That kind of thing.



    :)
    none none
    • Roaming works

      use the same SSID for both routers and assign different channels (1, 6) (6, 11), or (1,11) to each router. each router has identical security type and key.

      on the laptop side you just configure one AP. the laptop will select the strongest signal and latch onto that AP. while roaming, it depends on how fast you roam :-). my tests show that it may take a short while to switch, but it does switch. check it out with NetStumbler.
      cwallen19803
  • RE: Make your own Wi-Fi access point, for free

    I have done this for years until I needed to use the access restriction capabilities. Seems Linksys, and perhaps others, are unable to restrict MAC-based wireless access using the time of day feature unless the wireless router is also the DHCP server for the network. I have limited the time my kids can surf the net and had to reconfigure my network in order to accomodate this "feature".
    mryanaz
  • RE: Make your own Wi-Fi access point, for free

    For god sake, it is necessary a guide to do that ?
    I've doing this for 3 or 4 years now !!!
    fabior
  • RE: Make your own Wi-Fi access point, for free

    "...all you need to do is disable the DHCP server in the device you want to be the access point, and change the IP address (for the AP) to an address that is outside the LAN DHCP server range.

    That gives you a new access point, and it???s free."

    Can you please direct me on how to do this? Yes, I am newbie, compared to you, that is.
    st5vJVC2um
  • RE: Make your own Wi-Fi access point, for free

    What a scam, only free if you have the hardware already.
    jgellman
  • Maybe cheap--not free

    I did this about 3 years ago. Bought a new Linksys router on sale for $49--the normal sale price at Best Buy. At the time, access points were $89 at Best Buy and NEVER seemed to go on sale. 40 bucks savings for taking the time to disable DHCP. Not bad.
    TranMan
  • RE: Make your own Wi-Fi access point, for free

    When I read the story, my initial reaction was,"well DUH". Can we reserve this space for useful information.
    butter.262
  • isn't it obvious?

    actually it's been done for loong while.. try using Play Station
    Portable as your AP, now that's news (yeah, its posible)
    scream2beam
  • RE: Make your own Wi-Fi access point, for free

    how can i make wi-fi free?
    junathan
  • RE: Make your own Wi-Fi access point, for free

    how can i make wi-fi free?
    junathan
  • RE: Make your own Wi-fi access point for free.

    how to access wifi? i already have a dsl connection then it was sharing 5 computer. i want to have access in wifi. should i buy wifi router and connect it to my switch have..?
    avieacers