So today, I had to setup a network using a D-Link DWL-3200 AP Wireless Access Point. This is a guide on how to setup the WAP (Wireless Access Point) onto an already existing network and as always all links will be provided on the article.
Things you will need:
A trusty thin screw driver or pen
AP Manager for D-Link DWL-3200 AP (TO DOWNLOAD AP MANAGER CLICK THIS LINK)
A PC or laptop that is connected to the network with full admin rights.
First off, if you’ve got your WAP out of the box you won’t need to reset it, I had to reset mine because the former IT guy failed to leave the business with the correct username and password in order to access it. If you fall into this category skip to step 2. Also, your D-Link WAP must be connected with P.O.E ( Power Over Ethernet) for your power and link up.
1. Grab your trusty thin screw driver or pen
2. Insert your trusty thin screw driver or pen into the back of the D-Link WAP. There will be a small hole that has reset labeled on it. Place the trusty thin screw driver or pen into this hole until you feel the button inside being pushed down, hold it down for ten seconds. The device will automatically reset itself and assign an IP address so that you can access it on the network.
3. Download and install the AP Manager. Then run the AP Manager.
4. With the AP Manager open, select Discover Devices. The AP Manager will automatically detect the device on the network.
5. Select the device by left clicking once on the discovered item until it is highlighted in blue.
6. Click on Set IP
7. Input the IP of your choice. Remember to not use an IP that is already in use on the network. Then Click OK.
8. Access the D-Link WAP with any internet browser you wish using the IP address that you have just set on the device. The default user name is admin (all lowercase) and the password is left blank.
9. Click on the Wireless Tab situated on the left hand side menu.
10. Choose you desired access point setting. For this guide we are going to leave it configured just as an access point.
11. In the SSID column, type in the desired name of the wireless network you want to create. This network, depending on if you enable broadcasting will be seen by other wireless devices that are compatible.
12. Choose if you would like to enable the broadcast of this network. If you select disable then no devices will be able to see your network. In order to connect this network with broadcasting turned off you will have to manually create a network profile on the device you wish to connect. If you are new to setting up wireless networks i would suggest leaving it enabled so that you can see it when you want to connect a new device. For this guide though, I have selected disable.
14. Select your Authentication Type. Each type of Authentication has it’s different requirements for a PassPhrase. For this guide I am using WPA2-Personal. F.Y.I. I would suggest using anything else but WEP as it’s not as secure as the other authentication types.
17. Type in your PassPhrase for the wireless network. Whenever a device tries to connect to this network you will have to put type this PassPhrase as the security key. You can select devices to automatically remember this PassPhrase.
19. Click on Apply and then the D-Link WAP will restart
Once the D-Link WAP restarts you will be able to access the wireless network. Don’t forget your PassPhrase.
There you have it. You have successfully configured your D-Link DWL-3200AP Wireless Access Point.
Thanks for the reading this How To: and remember that most wireless routers require the exact same requirements that are portrayed in this guide, its just the layout that changes.
Please feel free to leave a comment if you get stuck and I will try and help.
Check out my other How To: guides if you liked this one.
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