Using a LONGSHINE LCS-WA5-45 as a WiFi-Client
TL;DR: note to self - how to use a cheap access point to connect very old hardware to the LAN.
In order to add my trusty old Lexmark E312e to the network, I am using an used AXIS 5600+. As I do not want to lay network cabeling across the flat, I am also pressing an old Longshine LCS-WA5-45 into service to act as a WiFi client, connecting the Axis box to the Wifi.Setting up the WA5-45 is quite simple:
- Set the switch on the back of the LCS-WA5-45 (AP) to „client” and press the „reset” button for aprox. 10 seconds to reset the AP to factory settings
- Set your computer to a static IP-address of, for example, 192.168.1.3, connect it to the AP and open 192.168.1.1 in the browser, login with „admin/admin”
- Switch to „System Managment / LAN-Interfaces-Setup” and enter a free IP of your main LAN (e.g. 192.168.123.42). Keep DHCP on disabled. Apply changes.
- As the AP now listens on the new IP, we have to switch our computer to the new IP-Range (e.g. 192.168.123.242) and open the administrative interface of the AP at the new address in the browser (192.168.123.42).
- Navigate to „Security” inthe AP browser interface, set the security parameters (hopefully WPA2 with AES?) and enter your WiFi password. Apply and wait until the AP rebooted
- Now navigate to „Basic-Settings” and press the „Show Site-Survey” button. Refresh until your WiFi SSID is displayed. Select it and press „Connect” (I had to do this several times). Your SSID should now show up in the „Basic-Settingss. Apply, reboot and connect the AP to the Axis box.
All done. :)