Turn a D-Link DIR-655 Router into a Secondary Access Point

By | March 23, 2013

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My house has unique networking challenge.  I have a primary single-story structure built in 1915, and a separate, secondary structure that we have remodeled into an entertainment/game room.  Running ethernet cable throughout the old house was problematic enough.  The studs, wall plates, and headers were not standardized and predictable like newer homes.  Running ethernet outside of the house was required for some rooms.  I then ran a 150-foot shielded category 6 ethernet cable (suitable for underground installation) along with the power lines that feed the game room.  I had two D-Link DIR-655 Wireless N routers, and I wanted the first one to be the router connecting to our Time Warner broadband connection.  I wanted the second DIR-655 to act as a switch and wireless access point in the game room.  This sounds like it should be easy enough to accomplish, but by default the two routers want similar IP addresses and do similar things, so if you have them both powered on the same network at the same time, you might find yourself administering one router one second and the other router the next!

I found a post on the D-Link forums that provides step-by-step direction to make this configuration as simple as possible.  It’s such a useful set of instructions I am going to summarize it here:

  1. Plug the power into the access point router. Connect one of your computers to the router (LAN port) using an Ethernet cable.
  2. Open a web browser and enter http://192.168.0.1 and press Enter. When the login window appears, set the user name to Admin and leave the password box empty. Click Log In to continue. (Note: these are the D-Link default values.  If you have changed the default IP address or Admin password, substitute the appropriate values)
  3. Click on Advanced and then click Advanced Network. Uncheck the Enable UPnP checkbox. Click Save Settings to continue.
  4. Click Setup and then click Network Settings. Uncheck the Enable DHCP Server checkbox. Click Save Settings to continue. Ensure to disable all of the following options as they will be no longer needed or usable while using this mode: Virtual Server, Application and Port Forward Rules, Access Control and Web Filters, SPI and Firewall, WISH and WPS.
  5. Under Setup or Basic/Networking, enter an available IP address (192.168.0.50-.59 is recommended by D-Link) and the subnet mask of your network, usually 255.255.255.0 or .255. Click Save Settings to save your settings. Use this new IP address to access the configuration utility of the access point router in the future. Also turn off or disable other features on the access point router (Port Forwarding, Firewall, WISH, WPS and any email logging). Save the settings. Close the browser.
  6. Connect an ethernet cable in one of the LAN ports of the access point router and connect it to one of the LAN ports in your host router. Do not plug anything into the Internet (WAN) port of the router that your turning into an access point. Use the LAN ports only.
  7. You may now use the other 3 LAN ports of the access point router to connect other ethernet devices and computers (it acts as a switch). To configure your wireless network, open a web browser and enter the IP address (192.168.0.50) you assigned to the access point router. Recommend using Mixed G and N or Single G or N modes.  That’s it!

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The author provided another good tip: You can use the same SSID between the host router and the access point router. Make sure you do not use the same channel. Host router set for 1 or 6 and the access point router set for 6 or 11. This works perfectly at all times and your wireless card will select the AP with the best connection. This will enable you to walk around with your laptop/wireless device and only have 1 connection configured and always have the best signal strength connection where ever you are located in the house.

23 thoughts on “Turn a D-Link DIR-655 Router into a Secondary Access Point

  1. Rob

    Hi,
    Will both main and guest zone work properly?
    I.e. will guest zone be separated from home network?

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    1. Fred Janssen Post author

      I do not have a guest zone configured on my routers so I have not tested that. The guest zone should behave similarly to the home network though.

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  2. Rob

    Hi,
    I set-up my 2nd router (655). It seems that guest zone does not work on it.
    Main zone works well on both, guest zone on 1st only.

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  3. Rob

    One more thing.
    I noticed that VPN is not supported with this setting.
    Neither via WiFi nor via cable connection to 2nd router.
    Direct connection to 1st router works well.

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    1. Fred Janssen Post author

      Thanks for the updates. I’m going to do some research to try to figure out why the second router is performing this way.

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  4. Fred Janssen Post author

    Rob, it appears the DIR-655 in Guest Mode requires its internet connection to come from the WAN port. In my example, the second DIR-655 receives its internet connection through one on the LAN ports. You can turn on Enable Routing Between Zones, but that gives a guest access to the rest of your network, defeating the purpose of the Guest Zone.

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  5. Kyle

    I just did this with the DIR-655 acting as the access point with a different main router. The wifi works as expected. The LAN ports do not have internet though. I have access to the rest of the network and devices when through the LAN ports, but cannot access any website. The D-Link has an IP of 192.168.0.50.

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    1. Fred Janssen Post author

      Kyle, you might need to double-check your settings and make sure your DIR-655 receives its internet connection through one on the LAN ports.

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      1. Lee

        How would I know if the internet connection is coming through one of the LAN ports?

        I followed your steps and got it working for devices that connect to the WIFI of Router-2, but anything i plug into the ethernet connections on Router-2 become and part of the network but don’t have internet access. It’s very strange!

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  6. David West

    Can a third router be installed (piggyback) and used in a similar manner? For example Host Wireless Router in room #1, Wireless Router two in room #2, Wireless Router three in room #3, Wireless Router four in room #4, etc.

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    1. Fred Janssen Post author

      @David – technically it would be possible to piggyback many routers. Just make sure that each one is transmitting on a different wireless channel.

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  7. Kevin Wang

    @Fred – I followed every step and it works for me to add Dir-655 as a second access point to my new ac wireless router, with the same SSID name. But after I change the IP of Dir-655 to 192.168.0.50, I cannot access to it anymore. It says it takes too long to respond. The WiFi is working, as well as the Ethernet ports. Any suggestions? Thanks! – Kevin

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    1. Fred Janssen Post author

      @Kevin, I would begin troubleshooting by unplugging the access point from the router, then connecting your computer to the access point with an ethernet cable. If you can successfully connect to the D-Link admin console at 192.168.0.50, and in your settings the “Enable DHCP Server” is unchecked, then your access point is probably set up correctly. I would then make sure your primary router has the subnet mask set to 255.255.255.0.

      If all of that stuff looks good, I would connect the wireless access point and router with an ethernet cable. I would then browse to the admin console on your router to check and see if you have the D-Link in your list of connected devices at 192.168.0.50. If not, I would probably switch out cables. If you do see the D-link in your list of devices, then try to connect to the access point admin console at 192.168.0.50 again. If it doesn’t connect, then I suspect there might be some other settings on the access point that you may previously used that are still conflicting. If that’s the case, do a factory reset on the D-Link and walk through the steps again.

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  8. Paul

    Great Article…Thank you! With this configuration will rules from my main router like parental controls and schedules continue to work on the secondary access point?

    Thanks!

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    1. Fred Janssen Post author

      @Paul: Since the secondary router is configured as an access point, your primary router will continue to provide all of the features you expect it to such as routing, firewall, parental controls, schedules, etc. Enjoy!

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  9. Tony

    didn’t work for me. Trying to run Xfinity to the LAN port but no internet access from there was available after this config was used.

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  10. Tony

    Disregard the not working thing. It worked great. I just forgot to change the IP address from the 192.168.x.x format to the new 10.0.0.x format. I did change my routers dhcp range and assigned the dlink one number out of the router range.

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  11. Brandon

    Hi Fred:

    Thanks for this article. I have referred to this article numerous time over the past week. Here is my small problem or minor problem.

    LINKSYS E4200 (MAIN ROUTER)
    – 5Ghz and 2.4 Ghz frequencies.
    – It is set to be the DHCP server with IP range of 192.168.1.100 through .149
    – Router is assigned IP of 192.168.1.1, subnet of 255.255.255.0

    DLINK DIR-655 (ACCESS POINT)
    – I have followed this article step by step fully
    – 2.4Ghz frequency
    – DHCP server is disabled
    – Router is assigned 192.168.0.50, subnet is 255.255.255.0

    I have my Linksys 2.4 Ghz channel set on Channel 14, the DLINK has a channel of 7 so there should be no interference here. I also set the SSID the same on all frequencies so when I move around my home, it can connect seamlessly.

    I have a Ethernet cable connecting from a LAN port on my main Linksys router to a LAN port on my DLINK access point.

    I have Internet through one of the LAN ports on the DLINK because I have a PC connected and can browse just fine. But when I try to access 192.168.0.50, I cannot connect through the PC that is connected via LAN!

    I mean everything is working fine except that detail. I’ve ran speed tests as well and it seems to be fine for the moment. What could be happening? Did I do something incorrectly? Thanks for all your help!

    – Brandon

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    1. Fred Janssen Post author

      @Brandon – I’m going to try to replicate your issue. I think I did see your issue years ago, and I did work it out, but of course I didn’t document that anywhere. Since I wrote the post I sold my DIR-655 and replaced it with an Asus RT-AC68U. I followed the same steps in the post and it worked as well (except for some of the router admin screens were different).

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      1. Walter

        Thank you for taking the time to write this. I have a hard time when it comes to routers but have a similar issue not getting signal to the other side of house. It is a long l ranch but we have many walls and have always had issues getting strong signal. We have a new Uverse ATT set up using 5268-AC box. ATT connected the 5268 to Asus RT 66U using that as extra ethernet jacks and wireless since the ATT box was useless and lacked connections. The tech was good but finally felt the Asus we had offered a plus.Both boxes are next to each other. I have a new D-Link DIR 655 and CAT 6 running half the distance to the other side of house was hoping to connect the 655 as wireless AP which will increase the range using the extend CAT 5 since it would be more than half the distance.

        My wife just bought IPhones and wants to wireless using instead of cranking up cell usage.

        Would it be easier to just by a new AP if so any thoughts on what I should buy or can you offer suggestions.

        Thanks

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    2. Blair

      Brandon, the problem that I see is that your IP assigned to your DIR-655 is on the 192.168.0.X subnet while your Linksys is on the 192.168.1.X subnet. I think if you changed your DIR-655 IP to 192.168.1.50 (or anything from 2-99) your issues will go away.

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  12. braino

    Just found this Very Useful.
    May I contribute: CLEAR the DIR655 settings by HOLDING IN the reset button until the WAN led blinks off (about 10 seconds).
    After as the settings are completing, and the device has rebooted, if the other three pots do not has Internet connection, POWER CYCLE the DIR655. Unplug the power for about 30 seconds (until the connected PCs say “Cable unplugged”). Plug the DIR655 back in, and the additional PCs have Internet connection.

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