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Adding Wireless to an existing wired network

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by JosephByers, Jan 27, 2006.

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  1. JosephByers

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    I have a high speed cable ISP. My home is wired with cat 5 cable operating from a wired modem. I would like to put a computer in a place that isn't wired, but I would like to keep the wired connections operating. Does anybody know if you can add a wireless router to an existing wired system and how to accomplish this?
     
  2. StumpedTechy

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    You can do this 3 ways. 1) Buy a WAP and hook it up to the existing router at any point it can even use your prexisting cat 5 wiring as a piggy back if you want it in another room closrt to your wireless PC/laptop/or periphrial you want wireless. This effectively gives you a wireless beacon on your wired network. 2) The other way you can do it is buy a wireless router and replace your wired router. 3) You can buy a wireless router and disable all router functions such as DHCP and whatnot and hook it up to your existing lan cabling using one of the internal 1-4 ports not the WAN port.
     
  3. D0C_Hol1d@y

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    just buy a wireless router and set it up according to the directions. It works easy. I did it before I knew anything about networking 4 years ago. The default settings are DHCP so just have your computers set to automatically assign IP addresses and gateways. It's extremely simple really.
     
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