Separating wireless networks

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I wanted to know if it is possible to have one wireless network for private use (file sharing), and one for public use (anyone who wants an internet connection without being able to access my files).
 
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Yes, with different access points using different SSID's and the Private one running WEP or more preferably WPA. Need to firewall the two networks from each other as well.

The access points that are located adjacent to one another (in terms of wireless range) will need to use different channels. 2 in the same space should be able to coexist fairly well, but only other area could coexist harmoneously in a space that was next to those. Read up on how to deploy campus type WIFI environments to better understand what I'm going on about...

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If you want the simple way to do this, daisy-chain two broadband wireless routers. The second one will be protected from access from any machines on the first one. I've done this for a couple of people, works fine.
 

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Tried using a different SSID with no success. I forgot to mention that I am using Static IP's for the private network, and need to use DHCP for the public access point so that anyone could use it without having to configue anything. Is this possible?
 
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Yes DHCP for public is fine, could also use it for the private network if you wanted. The private access point just needs to have the security stuff to keep others off.

You say you've had no success with different SSID's, what do you mean by that? What was configured, what problems were happening?

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I setup the public AP with a different SSID, and set it to use DHCP. Then i configured a notebook to connect to that AP using DHCP. Checked the network settings and it was assigned an the proper IP, but the gateway address was different. Does the gateway have to match the gateway of the private network?
 
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No, the gateway should be the AP (I assume, it needs to be a router interface, where one of the other interfaces on the router connect to the internet, or at least head in that direction).

But, the IP network configurations have nothing to do with SSID working or not working. If the DHCP server configuration is wrong, yes IP isn't going to work as you'd like, but the wireless stuff was working as it should. Otherwise you wouldn't have gotten an IP address in the first place.

-Scott
 
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