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Small Business wireless networking.

Discussion in 'Networking' started by jazzmaster44, Mar 25, 2008.

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  1. jazzmaster44

    jazzmaster44 Thread Starter

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    The Small Business has a T1 and a swicth that connect the LAN network in the office(has the internet), however, I would like to have wireless connection in the office. For example, Can I connect one of the port from the swicth; to the uplink port of the Linksys router. And be able to get on the internet with wireless connection.


    Thanks!!
     
  2. rhynes

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    Short answer? Yep
     
  3. JohnWill

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    Since your network would already be providing DHCP services, I'd configure the router as follows.

    Connecting two (or more) SOHO broadband routers together.

    Configure the IP address of the secondary router(s) to be in the same subnet as the primary router, but out of the range of the DHCP server in the primary router. For instance DHCP server addresses 192.168.0.2 through 192.168.0.100, I'd assign the secondary router 192.168.0.254 as it's IP address, 192.168.0.253 for another router, etc.

    Note: Do this first, as you will have to reboot the computer to connect to the router again for the remaining changes.

    Disable the DHCP server in the secondary router.

    Setup the wireless section just the way you would if it was the primary router, channels, encryption, etc.

    Connect from the primary router's LAN port to one of the LAN ports on the secondary router. If there is no uplink port and neither of the routers have auto-sensing ports, use a cross-over cable. Leave the WAN port unconnected!

    This procedure bypasses the routing function (NAT layer) and configures the router as a switch (or wireless access point for wireless routers).
     
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