I recently set up a wireless router as the main internet router for a school campus network. It replaced a regular router that was not used anymore but I would've liked to retain the old router in its original capacity and just added the wireless router as an access point. Had I had time, I would've been able to research this and do it but the network had to be up and running immediately. My question to this post is: Routerhead8080, what you are basically saying is- give the wireless AP an IP address that is different from the DHCP Server's IP address? Or are you saying to give the wireless AP an address outside the DHCP Server's scope of 192.168.1.100 to 192.168.1.200, i.e., wireless AP IP address= 192.168.1.205 or 192.168.1.233....etc., but still with the subnet mask of 255.255.255.0? In other words, outside of the DHCP server's scope but still within the same subnet? Being schooled in Microsoft lingo, I use the term 'scope' to indicate a given 'range' of IP addresses assigned to a group of computers by the DHCP server and I want to make sure I am on the same page as you when you say 'range'.
Yes you will need to assign the *OLD* router an IP inside of the Scope of the main router......
You should do something like this...
Main Router: 192.168.1.1
Old Router *Access Point* 220.127.116.11
Or something similar......BUT....
Do not plug anything into the WAN on the old router.
Plug the receiving CAT wire to a LAN port so that the router is just a switch and the Wireless on the old router will be "the seperate access point".
In other words you will be simply turning the OLD Router LAN into a "switch
" and the Wireless as a "router
Remember Do Not
connect to the WAN on the old router.
Also..... You need to disable the DHCP on the "OLD" router.