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Old 19-12-2017, 03:16 PM   #1
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Set up DLink DIR868L as access point

Hi there

I currently have two DLink WiFi routers, a DIR-868L in the living room (normal router), and a DIR-850L in my room (long Ethernet connecting it to the 868 LAN2LAN, and set up as an access point)

I’m not quite knowledgable with networking but I managed to set up the above arrangement easily (the 850 has a white GUI where I disable DCHP server and assign an IP as per video below)
youtu.be/Fei8dgOlSsQ

This is fine (Ethernet connection is great) but the WiFi speed is very terrible 80Mbps with a 1Gbps internet connection. I wanted to swap the routers around (so 868 is in my room) because the 868 has better specs but it is incredibly difficult. It’s not as easy to set up as the other way round. I think it might be specific to that router.


I saw an old thread with the same router but I can’t tell if it’s the same issue since I don’t really understand
forums.hardwarezone. com.sg/internet-bandwidth-networking-clinic-4/configuring-d-link-dir868l-ap-mode-5573841.html

What I did was factory reset both routers. I connected the 850 in the living room and tested it to make it work. Then I connected an Ethernet from the 850 to the 868 in my room (lan 2 lan), but I’m stuck at the configuration stage

I followed configuration as per advice below
ftp: //ftp2.dlink. com/PRODUCTS/DIR-868L/REVA/DIR-868L_MANUAL_1.00_EN.PDF[/url]
Page 16/173 (point 1 is useless since IP would be assigned)

But did not work (at the end I can connect to both Router GUI from my computer but there is no actual internet connection)

Then I tried this manual:
support.dlink. com.sg/Downloads/DIR-868L/PDF/DIR-868L-How-to-setup-Access-Point(AP)-for-router.pdf

But this also failed. I’m quite close to ripping my hair out since it’s been half a day wasted so far.

I’ve been trying different combinations of options I’ve googled and restarting the routers every 5 minutes and got to the point where things are getting worse (e.g right now I can’t even see the 868 in the 850s GUI)

Can anyone provide any advice

A lot of the time, when I go to Windows Network and Sharing Centre to auto diagnose the problem, it will say that the DNS server is not responding

I don’t know if it also matters, but on the white GUI home page for the 850 where I can see the connections, everything starts off as being green with no issues, then a minute later it turns red (internet disconnected - something to repair between internet and 850 side). Clicking repair doesn’t help. It seems to alternate between green and red. Refreshing instantly changes back to green

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Old 19-12-2017, 04:06 PM   #2
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First, do update both routers firmware if not yet done so.

http://global.dlink-intl.com/starhub/#services
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Old 19-12-2017, 04:49 PM   #3
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First, do update both routers firmware if not yet done so.
Hi there.

DIR-868L:
Hardware version A1
Firmware version 1.03SHC

DIR-850L
Hardware version B1
Firmware version 2.06

The 850 as the AP / 868 as main WiFi router works fine compared to the other way round (which is the issue Iím having)


Is there anything else I can provide?
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Old 19-12-2017, 05:05 PM   #4
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Hi there.

DIR-868L:
Hardware version A1
Firmware version 1.03SHC

DIR-850L
Hardware version B1
Firmware version 2.06

The 850 as the AP / 868 as main WiFi router works fine compared to the other way round (which is the issue I’m having)


Is there anything else I can provide?
Latest firmware for 868L is 1.09
After update have to do factory reset.
Press+hold the reset hole for >10 seconds and then power off the router.
868L reset hole is at the bottom.
Use a pin.

As for 850L check the link but take note on Hardware version.

Latest firmware for 868 do have vast improvement on wifi.
Not sure about 850.

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Old 19-12-2017, 05:14 PM   #5
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Download the later manual version 1.01
Dated July 8 2013

https://www.google.com.sg/url?sa=t&s...pRpHpVQeH2IpQ4

Still digest your post..

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Old 19-12-2017, 05:29 PM   #6
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After completed updated routers firmware.

Select the main router to connect to the fibre broadband ONT via lan cable.

Surf to ensure internet connection is fine.

Next to connect from main router to 2nd router WAN port via lan cable.
Power on the 2nd router.

To find the IP of the 2nd Router in order to access to the settings.
Connect computer to either routers and login to the main router
192.168.0.1
At the Status page look for dlink name.

Once you have the 2nd Router IP, you can connect the LAN port to computer via lan cable to login page.
Use the 2nd Router IP to login.

NOTE:
After latest firmware update, the password is required.
The password is the same password on the label sticker on the Router itself.

In the 2nd router, 868L example, the Bridge mode i leave it as Wireless Router.
As for SSID & Password you may changed to your preferred.
Also you can change the Router login password too.

Completed the configured you can placed the router to your desired location.
The connection must be wired via lan cable.

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Old 19-12-2017, 07:23 PM   #7
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After completed updated routers firmware.

Select the main router to connect to the fibre broadband ONT via lan cable.

Surf to ensure internet connection is fine.

Next to connect from main router to 2nd router WAN port via lan cable.
Power on the 2nd router.

To find the IP of the 2nd Router in order to access to the settings.
Connect computer to either routers and login to the main router
192.168.0.1
At the Status page look for dlink name.

Once you have the 2nd Router IP, you can connect the LAN port to computer via lan cable to login page.
Use the 2nd Router IP to login.

NOTE:
After latest firmware update, the password is required.
The password is the same password on the label sticker on the Router itself.

In the 2nd router, 868L example, the Bridge mode i leave it as Wireless Router.
As for SSID & Password you may changed to your preferred.
Also you can change the Router login password too.

Completed the configured you can placed the router to your desired location.
The connection must be wired via lan cable.
I have updated both 868 and 850 to 1.09SHC and 2.10 respectively
(if it matters, for 850, when updating, window said the version was "2.10undefined" before eefreshing)

I tested the 850main router (both wired and wireless)
-Wired was fine
-wireless I think was fine (for 2.4GHz speed was 80Mbps while for 5GHz the speed was 25Mbps) - despite having 1Gbps internet connection i was told that the 850L wifi router only supports up to 300Mbps wifi transfer. (So for 5GHz bamd i guess that speed is normal whereas for the 2.4GHz band, i guess there was interference somewhere)

-the the 868L (2nd router - for AP) i have also done as you say restarted/plugged from LAN port of 1st router to WAN port of 2nd router

Not quite sure on next steps?

I thought for access points never to use WAN port? I have the IP address of the 2nd router.

So keep Wireless Router moder
Keep DHCP server option below or change to static ip?

Will I also follow original approach again (page 16/173 below)
ftp: //ftp2.dlink. com/PRODUCTS/DIR-868L/REVA/DIR-868L_MANUAL_1.00_EN.PDF

Also I noticed, in 1st router GUI it says IP of 2nd router is
192.168.0.103
But this IP doesnít connect to 2nd router GUI
Instead if I look at LAN settings in Windows Network Sharing Centre the actual IP is
192.168.100.1

Should I change this to the first one?

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Old 19-12-2017, 07:40 PM   #8
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I have updated both 868 and 850 to 1.09 and 2.10 respectively
(if it matters, for 850, when updating, window said the version was "2.10undefined" before eefreshing)

I tested the 850main router (both wired and wireless)
-Wired was fine
-wireless I think was fine (for 2.4GHz speed was 80Mbps while for 5GHz the speed was 25Mbps) - despite having 1Gbps internet connection i was told that the 850L wifi router only supports up to 300Mbps wifi transfer. (So for 5GHz bamd i guess that speed is normal whereas for the 2.4GHz band, i guess there was interference somewhere)

-the the 868L (2nd router - for AP) i have also done as you say restarted/plugged from LAN port of 1st router to WAN port of 2nd router

Not quite sure on next steps?

I thought for access points never to use WAN port? I have the IP address of the 2nd router.

So keep Wireless Router moder
Keep DHCP server option below or change to static ip?

Will I also follow original approach again (page 16/173 below)
ftp: //ftp2.dlink. com/PRODUCTS/DIR-868L/REVA/DIR-868L_MANUAL_1.00_EN.PDF
The 850 is a bit limited &or not a good router.

For 5GHz band is good for short and direct line-in-sight wifi.
The 2.4GHz band best in obstacles, long distance, etc.


My layout in connection via lan cable;
TP - ONT - Router - data point - Router 2.
Connection to Router-2 WAN port works fine with me.
As based on bridge is Wireless Router.
I am not using as extender.


The 2nd Router IP is to access the 2nd Router settings via the lan port.
No dhcp & static ip, and any other settings beside SSID.

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Old 19-12-2017, 09:25 PM   #9
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The 850 is a bit limited &or not a good router.

For 5GHz band is good for short and direct line-in-sight wifi.
The 2.4GHz band best in obstacles, long distance, etc.


My layout in connection via lan cable;
TP - ONT - Router - data point - Router 2.
Connection to Router-2 WAN port works fine with me.
As based on bridge is Wireless Router.
I am not using as extender.


The 2nd Router IP is to access the 2nd Router settings via the lan port.
No dhcp & static ip, and any other settings beside SSID.
Iím not quite sure I understand sorry, right now:

The second router is connected via its WAN port

In setup tab -> Internet:
Bridge mode = wireless router
Internet connection type = Dynamic IP (DHCP)

In setup tab -> Network Settings:
Router IP Address = 192.168.100.1
Enable DHCP Server = unchecked (I disabled it)


In Advanced tab -> Advanced Network:
Enable UPnP IGD = unchecked (I disabled it)

With the above settings I still have issues connecting to the internet (windows diagnostic says ďWindows canít communicate with the device or resource (Primary DNS server)Ē
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I’m not quite sure I understand sorry, right now:

The second router is connected via its WAN port

In setup tab -> Internet:
Bridge mode = wireless router
Internet connection type = Dynamic IP (DHCP)

In setup tab -> Network Settings:
Router IP Address = 192.168.100.1
Enable DHCP Server = unchecked (I disabled it)


In Advanced tab -> Advanced Network:
Enable UPnP IGD = unchecked (I disabled it)

With the above settings I still have issues connecting to the internet (windows diagnostic says “Windows can’t communicate with the device or resource (Primary DNS server)”
Connection via lan cable.

Main router - data point (If any) - 2nd router WAN port --- LAN port - computer port.

Browser input
192.168.100.1
As this could be the 2nd router IP as stated in the main router status.

All the settings remain as default, no change after factory reset.
Default setting in bridge mode is Wireless Router.

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I currently have two DLink WiFi routers, a DIR-868L in the living room (normal router), and a DIR-850L in my room (long Ethernet connecting it to the 868 LAN2LAN, and set up as an access point)
Try to 850 LAN to 868 WAN.

Since LAN2LAN is not working.
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Connection via lan cable.

Main router - data point (If any) - 2nd router WAN port --- LAN port - computer port.

Browser input
192.168.100.1
As this could be the 2nd router IP as stated in the main router status.

All the settings remain as default, no change after factory reset.
Default setting in bridge mode is Wireless Router.
I undid all my changes but I still get the same issue. I can connect to both routers but there is no internet connection

Yes my physical connection is:
Ethernet from modem to router 1 WAN
Ethernet from Router 1 LAN to Router 2 WAN
Ethernet from Router 2 LAN to laptop

(If it matters laptops WiFi card is Intel Dual Band Wireless AC 7260)

Windows diagnostics still says windows canít communicate with the device or resource (primary DNS server)

Iíve even tried resetting router2 to factory settings again (hold reset for >10 secs) but still no internet (this time windows can not identify the problem)

Could this issue be related to this thread below?
forums.hardwarezone. com.sg/internet-bandwidth-networking-clinic-4/configuring-d-link-dir868l-ap-mode-5573841.html

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i might miss this, did u change 2nd router to access point and set to auto get dhcp? i think if both in router mode, the ip sure messy and conflict.
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i might miss this, did u change 2nd router to access point and set to auto get dhcp? i think if both in router mode, the ip sure messy and conflict.
So I had used default settings and could not get internet connection
In Windows Network and Sharing Centre it would also show two LAN networks

Iíve now set it to Access Point mode only (other settings still the same as factory reset). It changed the IP to 192.168.0.50. I still have issues with internet connection but now I only see one active network in Windows Network and Sharing Centre

While it says IP is set to 192.168.0.50, I cannot access it. On router 1 it now says IP is 192.168.0.103 this i can access

It sounds like some progress I think? Do you think this could be similar to this thread below? It sounds like the person has the same router and resolved his issue
forums.hardwarezone. com.sg/internet-bandwidth-networking-clinic-4/configuring-d-link-dir868l-ap-mode-5573841.html

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So I had used default settings and could not get internet connection
In Windows Network and Sharing Centre it would also show two LAN networks

Iíve now set it to Access Point mode only (other settings still the same as factory reset). It changed the IP to 192.168.0.50. I still have issues with internet connection but now I only see one active network in Windows Network and Sharing Centre

While it says IP is set to 192.168.0.50, I cannot access it. On router 1 it now says IP is 192.168.0.103 this i can access

It sounds like some progress I think? Do you think this could be similar to this thread below? It sounds like the person has the same router and resolved his issue
forums.hardwarezone. com.sg/internet-bandwidth-networking-clinic-4/configuring-d-link-dir868l-ap-mode-5573841.html
If you can access the internet then the 868 router IP is 192.168.0.103

As you had read that link, 868 assigned IP is auto after connecting to the main router.

The other method to know this 868 IP is using phone Home WiFi Alert App.
Turn on the Location setting and do a scan near the router.
It will show the Router IP, and any other devices IP nearby.

Should have inform you to use this method to get the 868 Router IP, as much accurate.



Regarding the your previous post on the setting.

In setup tab -> Internet:
Bridge mode = wireless router
Internet connection type = Dynamic IP (DHCP)

In setup tab -> Network Settings:
Router IP Address = 192.168.100.1
Enable DHCP Server = unchecked (I disabled it)


In Advanced tab -> Advanced Network:
Enable UPnP IGD = unchecked (I disabled it)
As comparing to mine 868 setting, 2 of the settings you disable are incorrect.

Enable DHCP Server = leave it as checked
Enable UPnP IGD = leave it as checked

Router IP Address = 192.168.100.1
Somehow this is mine 868 Router IP.

But the main router setting status show a different IP for 868 ...
As this is new and odd to me as not in this way before i reset the router recently...
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