By DCN123 ·
Tags: Networking
My Tenda W9 AP instructions tell me to set the IP address of my laptop, which is plugged into my fully web-connected and operating Netgear switch, so that I can then go on to reconfigure the APs. They say this is to "avoid IP address conflicts". When I do this, the laptop loses its internet connection, and it cannot log into the UI of the AP ( Is there something else I need to do? My security cameras have a fixed IP address so maybe this is affecting things? Any help would be much appreciated - no IT experts are doing home visits during the UK's lockdown 3.0!
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Why change this?

by rproffitt Moderator In reply to TENDA W9 ACCESS POINTS

I won't write long here. But the .254 address is near the top and the usual router hands out IP's from say .100 and up so you won't see a conflict until you add 153/154 devices.

As such, tell me why I would change this.

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by DCN123 In reply to Why change this?

Thanks for the answer - the IP address of the laptop has to be in the same "segment" as the IP address of the AP, hence both need to be in the 192.168.0.X range. But if I change the IP address of the laptop to this segment, I lose my wired internet connection.

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Which can be proper.

by rproffitt Moderator In reply to Tenda W9

In fact that may be a good security move as the configuration web page via the access point IP is not on your LAN.

However if we change the IP of a WAP it may disconnect for about a minute before it reboots with the new address.

-> I only know what you share but so far I don't see a good reason to change a working WAP's IP address here.

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