WAP3205 in Universal Repeater Mode


Question: How do I set up the WAP3205 in Universal Repeater Mode?
ID: SD-10011
Model: WAP3205
Firmware/Driver Version: 1.00 (BFR.3)
Prerequisite Information: Main router SSID, wireless encryption method, wireless channel number.
Answer: Setting Up Universal Repeater Mode

This document covers the options and steps for setting up the Universal Repeater Mode on your WAP3205 wireless access point. This document assumes you are at least up to firmware V1.00(BFR.3)

Step1: Logging Into Your WAP3205

Before we can log into the WAP3205, you will need to statically assign an IP address to your computer. Assign your computer with any IP address between 192.168.1.3 and 192.168.1.254.

Connect your computer to the wireless router 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 your router and hitting Enter, you should get the WAP3205 login window. For the default password, use1234. 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 router, 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 Universal Repeater 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).

On the General Tab, un-check the box for Auto Channel Selection. You will need to find out what Channel Number is being used for your main wireless router. You may need to log into its wireless settings to find what it set to. If it is set for automatic, manually set the Channel Number to 1, 6, or 11. Once your channel is selected, click Apply to save the settings.

Make sure the channel number on the WAP3205 and your main router are the same! The router being connected to must also have the channel number manually set, not automatically. They must be the same for Universal Repeater Mode to work!

Next click on the Universal Repeater tab at the top of the page. In here you will need to enter the SSID of the router you want to connect with (MAC address is not needed). Then set up the security to match the security of your selected router. Make sure the wireless security settings match in this section and on your router. Once you have entered your settings, click Apply.

If your wireless security settings and channel number match then you should be connected now. Click on the Status icon on the left side of the screen to be taken back to the Status Screen. At the bottom of Device Information is WLAN Station Status. If it says Disassociated, you are not connected. If it shows the SSID of your wireless router, you are connected.

Notes:

In order to get on line, 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 WAP3205.

Something else to note on the WAP3205 is that setting up the Universal Repeater Mode does not set up wireless security for the WAP3205. The wireless rebroadcast is separate from the SSID and wireless encryption settings of the Universal Repeater. You will want to configure your SSID and security settings on the Configuration page (under the General and Security tabs). These settings can be completely different from the settings of your main wireless router.

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.

Example:

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 with out 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.

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8 Responses to WAP3205 in Universal Repeater Mode

  1. Rene says:

    Hi,
    I tried to extend an already installed WLAN-Router with the WAP3205. I get a connection to the already installed AP but there is no automatic fail-over between the AP’s.
    The General Tab has the same settings as the Universal Repeater Parameters, but it doesn’t work. Both AP’s announce the same SSID, with the same configuration.
    I configured a second SSID1 with a different name and the manual fail-over works. I didn’t find any addition information in the manual or with google. It would be nice if you could help me out!
    Thanks!
    René

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  3. Auwad says:

    I have a problem with WAP3205 router; I use it to extend my existing wireless modem; every time I need to reboot WAP3205 in order to access the net

    Note; I have another type of router to extend the signal to the second floor in my house; do you think having two routers to extend the signal cause this problem?

  4. Barrie says:

    I had a great deal of difficulty using the WAP3205 as a universal reapeater. The solution came when I installed an extender through the inhouse wiring and then plugged my 3205 into that as an Access Point. Perfect!

  5. f says:

    Had a huge amount of issues with wap3205.. shitty product, when trying to use several externders in a very big house they dont extend the source signal rather each other which means no internet

  6. Static IP for setting it up? Sheesh! The claimed 2 minuts for setting it up for sure will not be enough, since any “normal” user would assume that it has an internal DHCP server that gives the compute ran address in the needed 192.168.2.x network. NOT easy setup!!

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