How to Configure an Access Point as a Wireless Repeater (3 Steps)

by Jason Taetsch
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Configure an access point or router as a wireless repeater to extend the range of your wireless network in your home or office. Wireless repeaters take the signal sent from your router and rebroadcast the connection to cover a larger area. Use the configuration settings of your access point to switch the device to wireless repeater mode and send a network signal to more areas of your house or workspace.

Step 1

Connect an Ethernet cable to the networking port on your computer and connect the other side to one of the "LAN" ports on the access point.

Step 2

Open a Web browser and type the address for your access point's configuration page into the address bar. Press "Enter" to open the configuration page for your router. Check with your network administrator or owner's manual for the address of the configuration page. For example, for Linksys devices, the address is ""

Click the "Wireless" settings tab in the configuration page that appears. Click the "Mode" menu and click the "Repeater" entry. Type in the "SSID" for the network you want to repeat in the "Wireless SSID" field and click "Save Settings" to configure your access point as a wireless repeater.


  • If you will connect the wireless repeater to another WAP54G, click here. To check the wireless MAC Address of the wireless router follow the steps below.
  • The Wireless MAC Address you took note of will be entered on the WAP54G set as wireless repeater. After checking the wireless MAC Address, set-up the wireless repeater mode on the WAP54G. For instructions, click here. To check the wireless MAC address of the access point, follow the steps below.


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About the Author

Jason Taetsch graduated from The College of New Jersey with a degree in English. Taetsch co-founded the on-campus literary magazine, "Paperclips." In 2006 he began writing professionally. He wrote news articles and independently authored op-ed columns for the on-campus newspaper, "The Signal" and had articles published in "Garden State Surf Magazine."

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