How to properly set up wireless access point


  • Banned

    Hello,

    I have barely any prior experience with pfSense or networking in general. Running pfSense 2.4.3.

    I've just installed and properly configured my pfSense router. The hardware I'm using has a WAN port, a LAN port, and two optional ports. I would like to use an Asus Nighthawk as a wireless access point. I'm assuming I can connect the LAN port on my pfSense router to a Ethernet switch, then from the switch to the Asus Nighthawk. From that point, considering the default OS is installed on the Nighthawk [SPAM REMOVED], I should be able to easily set it up as an access point without having to do anything else.

    I wanted to get some feedback from anyone who knows what they're doing, as I'm not sure if this is really a proper way to set up a wireless access point.

    Regards.



  • @KimWatson said in How to properly set up wireless access point:

    proper way to set up a wireless access point

    Thousands of brands and types exist.
    The setup isn't related to pfSense - so, if your wireless access point is really an access point, or can be setup as such, the Nighthawk manual will guide you through it.



  • @KimWatson said in How to properly set up wireless access point:

    I wanted to get some feedback from anyone who knows what they're doing, as I'm not sure if this is really a proper way to set up a wireless access point.

    It might help if you provided some info on what you're planning on doing. For example, if you want to set up guest WiFi, then you'd need to used VLANs, etc. However, beyond that, as mentioned above, it's just a matter of configuring the AP. Also, instead of spending the money on that router, why not just buy a proper access point. Many of them can use PoE, so you don't have to worry about it being near AC power.



  • Most wireless routers I've run into can be used as an access point. On the wireless router, don't connect its WAN, connect its LAN to your network, and turn off its DHCP so it doesn't conflict with pfSense or other DHCP server. It will need a unique LAN IP address of course. Typically it just works and then wireless devices are on your LAN.


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    Locking this thread. Looks like it was started only to add after-the-fact spam to the OP.


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