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How to Set Up a Mikrotik Access Point as a Wireless Repeater?

Setting up a MikroTik as a wireless repeater can be a neat trick to extend the range of your Wi-Fi without running cables everywhere. Let’s roll up our sleeves and dive in! Picture this: I’ve got the MikroTik device and a laptop. We’re sitting in the living room, and I’m about to give you a firsthand look at how it’s done.

Materials Needed:

  1. MikroTik RouterBoard or wireless router.
  2. A laptop or desktop for configuration.

🛠 Step-by-Step Guide:

1. Initial Connection and Login

  • Cables Ready: I’d plug the MikroTik device into power and then connect it to the laptop using an Ethernet cable.
  • WebFig: On the laptop, I’d open a browser and type 192.168.88.1 (the default MikroTik IP). The WebFig interface should appear.
  • Login: By default, the username is admin with a blank password. I’d log in.

2. Configure Wireless

  • Navigate: In WebFig, I’d click on Wireless, then WLAN.
  • Mode: I’d set the mode to station-pseudobridge. This will allow the MikroTik to connect to the main router wirelessly and act as a repeater.
  • Frequency: I’d choose the same frequency (e.g., 2.4GHz) as the main router.
  • SSID: I’d input the exact name of the Wi-Fi we want to repeat.
  • Security: Under Security Profile, I’d set up the same Wi-Fi password as the main router. Make sure the security types (WPA2, etc.) match.

3. Setting up DHCP Client

  • Navigate: In WebFig, I’d go to IP > DHCP Client.
  • Add: I’d click on the Add New button to add a new DHCP client.
  • Interface: Choose WLAN as the interface. This way, our MikroTik will get an IP address from the main router.

4. Bridge the Interfaces

  • To Bridge: I’d head to Bridge > Ports.
  • Add Ports: I’d add both the WLAN and Ethernet ports to the same bridge. This means any device that connects to the MikroTik, either wirelessly or via Ethernet, will be on the same network as the main router.

5. Set Up the Repeated Wi-Fi (Optional)

If you want the MikroTik to also broadcast a new Wi-Fi network (useful for more coverage):

  • New WLAN: I’d go back to Wireless, then add a new WLAN.
  • SSID & Password: Choose a new name (SSID) and password. This will be the Wi-Fi name and password for devices connecting to the repeated signal.

6. Final Check

  • Disconnect: I’d unplug the Ethernet cable from the laptop and the MikroTik.
  • Test: We’d test by connecting a device to the new Wi-Fi or the original one (since MikroTik is now a repeater). The signal should be stronger in areas where it was weak before.

🎉 And Voila!

With a smile, I’d show you how the devices connect seamlessly to the Internet via our newly set-up MikroTik repeater. Now, even those distant rooms or tricky corners of the house should enjoy a boosted Wi-Fi signal, thanks to our MikroTik magic!

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