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Wireless Access Point control panel not reachable after changing admin password

Toonlord
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Wireless Access Point control panel not reachable after changing admin password

I am trying to set up a NETGEAR WAC104 AC1200 Dual Band Wireless Access Point and it requires me to change the admin password before I can do anything in the console. The problem is when I do make the change I am no longer able to use or ping the console. I am trying to use it as a wireless "bridge" to run a network cable to a device but since I am unable to even open the console (the issue persists even after multiple factory resets).
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Toonlord
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No I don't have access to the room the router is in. I am a tenant in the house so I can connect and have admin access to the network but the router is in the landlord's apartment. I came up with a work around using a wifi extender with a network port to connect the ap to. The router/modem is a docsis 3.1 cable modem router(coda-4589). It wasn't quite what I was hoping for but it works.

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Toonlord
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As an extra detail when trying to ping it I get the error "transmit failed. General failure."
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@Toonlord wrote:
I am trying to set up a NETGEAR WAC104 AC1200 Dual Band Wireless Access Point and it requires me to change the admin password before I can do anything in the console.

What router sits in front of the WAC104?

 

Have you taken it through the setup process described in the Installation guide?

 

Visit the support pages:

Support | NETGEAR

Feed in your model number and check the documentation for your hardware.

 


@Toonlord wrote:
I am trying to use it as a wireless "bridge" to run a network cable to a device but since I am unable to even open the console (the issue persists even after multiple factory resets).

Check the section in the manual Set Up a WiFi Distribution System

While many questions about routers are generic and could be answered anywhere, some things need specialist knowledge.

You might get more help, and find earlier questions and answers specific to your device, in the appropriate section for your hardware. That's probably here:

WiFi Range Extenders & Nighthawk Mesh - NETGEAR Communities

You might like to search there for messages related to your problem.

I will ask the Netgear moderator to move your message.

In the meantime you could visit the support pages:

Support | NETGEAR

Feed in your model number and check the documentation for your hardware. Look at the label on the device for the model number.

Check for various troubleshooting tips.

You may have done this already. I can't tell from your message.

I mention it because Netgear stopped supplying printed manuals and CD versions some years ago and people sometimes miss the downloads.

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@Toonlord wrote:
I am trying to set up a NETGEAR WAC104 AC1200 Dual Band Wireless Access Point ...  I am trying to use it as a wireless "bridge" to run a network cable to a device but since I am unable to even open the console (the issue persists even after multiple factory resets).

Wrong product, wrong plan.

 

The WAC104 can be deployed as a wired access point only, and isn't intended as for a wireless bridge configuration.

 

Correction: Probably the WAC104 can be configured as a wireless distribution system (WDS) - Set up a WiFi distribution system in the manual.

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@schumaku wrote:

Wrong product, wrong plan.

 

The WAC104 can be deployed as a wired access point only, and isn't intended as for a wireless bridge configuration.


That's what I thought, but then I saw the RDS bit in the manual.

 

"The access point can function as a WiFi base station or a WiFi repeater in a WiFi distribution system (WDS)."

 

But the description is not that clear. And I found that WDS can be a beast to configure.

 

An alternative would be to use Powerline Ethernet as the Ethernet link to use the WAC104 as a genuine AP.

 

 

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I will give that a try thanks. When I was looking online I was seeing that my only options were to use a mesh setup or to use a WDS enabled access point though i was looking at a specific setup goal. Since I don't have physical access to the main router (my landlord gave me admin panel access) Based on what ive seen of mesh setups it wont be doable with the older modem/router here. Essentially the whole goal of what I'm trying to do is to wirelessly connect my desktop to my quest 2 vr headset. I can already do this though with the router being on the other side of the house there are a couple walls in between. My hope was originally to plug my desktop into it since it would have a better signal than the wireless network adaptor(the AP is in a much more ideal location) and to wirelessly connect the AP to the headset and router. The main goal to limit the distance and walls and wireless distance between the headset and computer to improve response time and data rate for the headset and the stability for the desktop.
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Toonlord
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I just realised that the powerline internet thing is one of those ones that transmit through the cables(which since i dont have physical access means it wont work). I'm hoping to have something that connects wirelessly to a router and transmit the signal to an ethernet cable. I'm not completely sure what would accomplish that. I thought I remembered using an AP in the past to accomplish that but it was a few years ago so any other ideas would be appretiated.
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@Toonlord wrote:
I just realised that the powerline internet thing is one of those ones that transmit through the cables

What cables?

 

You mean you can't plug things into the mains electricity circuit?

 

To use the WAC104 as an AP, as it was designed, you can use a Powerline plug next to the router. (I assume that you have access to that.)

 

You plug the Powerline plug into a mains socket near the router. Then connect plug and router with an Ethernet cable.

 

You then plug another Powerline plug into a mains socket near where you want to use the WAC104. Then you connect the WAC104 to the Powerline plug with an Ethernet cable. The WAC104 then covers the area with WiFi.

 

Did you ever tell us what the router is at the heart if your network?

 

Did you investigate the bit in the manual about WDS?

 

 

 

 

 

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Toonlord
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Re: Wireless Access Point control panel not reachable after changing admin password

No I don't have access to the room the router is in. I am a tenant in the house so I can connect and have admin access to the network but the router is in the landlord's apartment. I came up with a work around using a wifi extender with a network port to connect the ap to. The router/modem is a docsis 3.1 cable modem router(coda-4589). It wasn't quite what I was hoping for but it works.
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