This walkthrough describes how to setup the WAP3205/WAP3205 v2 in Client Mode.
In wireless client mode, the WAP can connect to an existing network via an access point. Use the mode if you already have an access point or wireless router in your network. This mode helps you if you have a device (without Wi-Fi capability) in an area where there is no Ethernet connection. The WAP3205 will establish a link to your wireless base station and you can then connect your non-wireless enabled device via Ethernet to the WAP3205 appliance for internet access.
On the below diagram device (A) is the WAP3205 and device (B) is the primary wireless base station (home router or wireless access point).
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Start by connecting the power cord to the WAP access point and power the device ON, make sure the toggle switch on the side is set on the wireless mode you wish to use [AP | UR | CL]. Use the provided Ethernet cable to connect a computer directly to the WAP for the initial configuration.
By default the WAP access point has a static IP address configured of 192.168.1.2. In order to access the Web Configurator and configure the settings on the access point the computer needs to be configured with a manual IP address within the range of 192.168.1.3~192.168.1.254.
Click the link below for your computer operating system for instructions on how to manually configure an IP address:
Configuring the WAP
Connect your computer to the wireless access point using an Ethernet cable. Make sure to plug into one of the two LAN ports on the back of the WAP3205. Then on your computer, open either Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox. Clear out the address bar at the top of the screen and type in 192.168.1.2.
After typing the IP address of the WAP3205 and hitting Enter, you should get the WAP3205 login window. For the default password, use 1234. Click on the login button once you have entered the password.
Once logged in, you may be asked to change your login password. You can make a new password or just click "ignore" to keep the password as 1234.
Step 2:Changing Settings in Expert Mode
Once logged into your WAP3205, you will need to select the Expert Mode option on the main screen.
Once you are on the Expert Mode page, click on the Maintenance icon on the left.
Then click on Maintenance and select Sys OP Mode under it. Then select Client Mode and click Apply.
Once the unit has finished changing settings, log back in and return to Expert Mode. Then click on the Configuration icon (the two orange cogs).
Under the Configuration page click on the Wireless LAN option, then click on the Site Survey tab at the top of the screen. In the Site Survey section select the wireless SSID of your main router and click Add Profile.
In the Profile Setup screen you can set the profile name and set your Security settings to match the router you are trying to connect to. Once set, click on Apply.
Once you have created your Profile, go back to the Profile tab. Select your profile in the list and click the Activate button. When the check mark turns from red to green, your profile has connected.
If you go back to the Status screen, you should see the WLAN Connection Status as Associated. You should be connected now.
In order to get online, make sure to set this computer back to Automatically Obtain an IP Address. Once set this way, you should get an IP address from your main wireless router when connected to the LAN of the WAP3205.
Also, you do not need to change the LAN IP address of the WAP3205 to match the LAN IP subnet in order for traffic to pass through. (The WAP3205 is set to 192.168.1.2 and your main router is set to 192.168.10.1) But, in cases where you want to be able to easily configure the WAP3205 after setup, you should change the LAN IP address on the WAP3205 to be in the within the same range of the main router (192.168.10.1 and 192.168.10.2). Changing the WAP3205 IP address is also important in cases where the main wireless router hands out IP addresses (DHCP) which could be in the range of the IP the WAP3205 is already set to.
Your main wireless router has and IP address of 192.168.10.1 and its DHCP range is from 192.168.10.2-192.168.10.22. And your WAP3205 is still at 192.168.1.2. To give it a safe IP address (that will not cause conflicts), you want to make sure it is out of the DHCP range of the wireless router. By setting the WAP3205 to 192.168.10.x you will be in the same IP subnet range of the wireless router. And by having it set to 192.168.10.23-254, you will be out of the DHCP range of the main router.
By having the wireless router and WAP3205 in the same IP subnet range (the 10 in the 192.168.10.1) you will be able to log into the WAP3205 without having to statically assign an IP address to your computer. Since your computer will already have an IP address form the wireless router which is in the same IP subnet of the WAP3205, you only need to enter the LAN IP of the WAP3205 in order to log in. You won't need to statically assign the IP address on this computer.