My Access Point IP



  • Hello, this is my first post. I tried using search too.
    I have ISP modem->pfsense box->Netgear WiFi router. Router is my access point where I've hardwired my devices to and also what my phone is using for WiFi.
    Problem is I can't connect to the AP interface to check on what my WiFi security settings are. The devices are getting IPs on the 192.168.2.1 subnet. I am accessing pfsense on IP https://192.168.2.1:9443/ but also can on https://192.168.1.107:9443/
    I tried finding the IP address of the AP, but cant figure it out. At one point in 'ntop' I saw Netgear MAC, but it disappeared upon refresh. I thought that was odd. Can you help me figure out how to connect to my AP? Does it not have an IP address??



  • Actually I found some notes from my previous post, I guess this is not my first on this forum. It used to be this:
    My network is Internet->Modem (192.168.1.254)->pfsense (192.168.1.100 WAN; 192.168.2.1 LAN)->Wireless router (192.168.2.100)->My PC(192.168.2.30)

    Now it's actually 192.168.1.107 WAN (not 192.168.1.100). And trying to access 192.168.2.100 does not go anywhere.


  • LAYER 8 Global Moderator

    So to use your wifi router as AP, you would turn off its dhcp server, set its lan IP to be on your network. Connect one of its lan ports to your network.

    Simple way to do this is connect your device to one of its lan ports so it gets dhcp from the wifi router. Then change the to line up with what your network is.. Make sure you can get an IP from dhcp from it.. Then turn off dhcp on it, and then connect it to your network.



  • @johnpoz my network functions fine. As I mentioned, I just can't find out what my AP IP address is, so I can't connect to it. And I want to adjust my WiFi settings on it.



  • @bmvik said in My Access Point IP:

    @johnpoz my network functions fine. As I mentioned, I just can't find out what my AP IP address is, so I can't connect to it. And I want to adjust my WiFi settings on it.

    Sounds to me like the easiest way to find out the AP's IP is to just reset the AP to factory default settings. Check the manufactures instructions on how to do that. You usually power the AP OFF and then press and hold the reset button and power ON the AP. That will reset it to factory defaults. The manufactures instructions will tell you what the default IP is. Now you should be able to connect to the AP and change whatever settings you want to change including changing it's IP.



  • @jdeloach I see your point. I just don't like breaking things to fix them. I mean I don't want to dig a deeper hole for myself - everything is connecting alright right now to the AP at home.



  • @bmvik said in My Access Point IP:

    Wireless router (192.168.2.100)

    Is this the WAN or the LAN of the wireless router? If it's a router it would have two interfaces and the PC would be on the wireless router's LAN subnet.

    In many cases one would want the wireless devices on the same LAN as the wired devices, and jonpoz's description of connecting only the LAN port works for that purpose on most wireless routers.

    Worst case you could connect to http(s)://192.168.2.1 to .254 and see which connects to the wireless web interface.


  • Netgate Administrator

    Mmm, you could run nmap against the subnet and see if it's on any IP there.
    https://docs.netgate.com/pfsense/en/latest/packages/nmap-package.html

    It may have forgotten it's setting if it had a static IP and gone back to some default value. Though it clearly hasn't started handing out DHCP leases as that would break a lot of other things.

    Steve


  • LAYER 8 Global Moderator

    @bmvik said in My Access Point IP:

    I just can't find out what my AP IP address is,

    Reset it !!! connect your device to one of its ports get an IP from its dhcp server.. Why would you dick around for more than 30 seconds if you couldn't connect to it?

    Set the IP, and then connect it... Your talking all of what 2 minutes.. Took you longer to post the problem..


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