Accessing the GUI of an Access Point (AP) is a bit more complicated than accessing a router. An AP does not give out its own internal IP addresses. It is "just" another device on the network of the router from where the internet connection is received. Other Hospot-specific configurations make this even more complicated.
In this tutorial, a step by step guidance is given on how to reach the GUI/console of an Engenius Captive portal ready device (EAP 300 or EXT 202) by using a PC laptop and a simple UTP cable. The same technique can be applied to other APs as well and for Macintosh client device as well.
Step by step instructions
- Find your AP's MAC address. We are looking for a sequence of 6 pairs of numbers and letter (from 0 to F), separated by colons ":" or hyphens: "-". Due to security reasons, for our test case we use an intentionally incomplete address that is: "88-XC-96-X2-05-B4". Best to start finding this address on the device itself or on its package. (You can also check Control Center / manage / Location as well, if your device is already configured.)
- Find the IP address of the uplink router of the AP (From where the internet is received). The easiest way to figure this out is to connect a laptop with a wire to a LAN port of this router. If you have now Internet on the router, all is OK. Open a command prompt and type: "ipconfig". You get a result similar to this.
Under "Ethernet adapter Local Area network", you should get an IP address for "default gateway". This is the address of the uplink router that we need from here. Please note that if you connect to your IP wirelessly, you will NOT get the correct address.
3. Open a web browser. Type in the address we just found (in this example it is 192.168.0.1, but this may differ) and hit enter. The GUI-console of the router should appear requesting username and password.
4. Log in with your credentials. If you have not changed this already, you should know that many manufacturer provide default login credentials. Check your routers manual to find out what is that in your case.
5. Finding the IP address of your Access Point. Once inside your router, search for keywords like "DHCP" "Lease", "Clients" "Active users" in the menu. (The exact menu depends on the type of the routers). Navigate yourself to the page which contains all clients of the router. It should look like this.
On this list, you should find the (intentionally incomplete) MAC address which we learnt in point 1. This is your AP on your router's network. On the Assigned IP, you learn its current IP address. (in this case it is 192.168.0.102).
6. Entering your access point. Open another tab on your laptop's web browser and type in the learnt address. The GUI console of the Access Point should pop up. Use your devices credentials to enter. In case this is a device pre-ordered from us, you can find them at the bottom of the device on a sticker.