The physical setup for a wireless access point is so easy. First and foremost it is kept near a network jack and a power outlet, a power and network cables are then plugged in. The software configuration is done online. This is done by typing the IP address of the access point on the address bar on an internet browser. Multifunction access points provide NAT and DHCP for the networks and double as the network’s gateway router. Due to this, they typically have a private IP address that’s at the beginning of one of the Internet’s private IP address ranges, such as 192.168.0.1 or 10.0.0.1. However, the manual that comes with the wireless access point always explain on how to go about the IP address. This article outies the procedure taken when creating a wireless access point.
The following steps will assist in the creating of the wireless access point after typng the IP address on the address bar.
- Enable the device wireless access point by clicking the on disable.
- Set the SSID. This is the Server Set Identifier used to uniquely identify the network. You can decide to leave the SSID on default or change. It has no much impact when it comes to hacking.
- Disable allow broadcast SSD to associates. This disables the access point’s periodic broadcast of the SSID. This is for more security as by disabling this function, a wireless client must already know the network’s SSID in order to join the network.
- Then select a channel. Select one of the 11 channels on which to broadcast. In ths case, all the access points and computers in the connection should use the same channel. Try switching to another channel if you find out that the computer loses network frequently.
- Then on WEP – mandatory or disable. This allows the use a security protocol called wired equivalent privacy.
- For small networks, it’s common for the access point to also be the DHCP server for the entire network. This calls for the need to configure the DHCP server of the access point. This is done by the following procedure:
- Enable option and then specify the other configuration options to use for the DHCP server
- In cases where Larger networks that have more demanding DHCP requirements are likely to have a separate DHCP server running on another computer, one can disable the DHCP server in the access point to defer to the existing server.
The above description will assist a lot in letting the reader know what s best in configuring a wireless access point.