learning about routers / access points

Discussion in 'Windows Networking' started by franklin101, Dec 18, 2003.

  1. franklin101

    franklin101 Guest

    I'm beginning to feel stupid about networking. I've got a cable modem
    hardwired to a router (proxim bg2000) which is hardwired to a ethernet
    card inside a pc (I'll call this PC one). PC one also has a wireless
    nic inside of it. Then I have several other pc's and one laptop
    sharing the internet as a wireless network. I'm trying to eliminate
    the hardwire from the router to PC one and have it work as wireless.
    As it's now setup, if I shut off PC one, all the other pc's lose
    access to the internet except the laptop which can still access the
    internet. I want all the pc's to behave as the laptop does such that
    if any pc is turned off, the other pc's can still access the internet.
    Can I do this with this router or do I need another piece of hardware?
    I am thinking of calling Proxim for tech support but just want to ask
    here first.
    franklin101, Dec 18, 2003
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  2. franklin101

    Yousuf Khan Guest

    Reading up on the Proxim BG2000 router, it looks like this router only has
    two Ethernet ports, which I assume one goes to the cable modem, while the
    other one goes to your PC One. What you have to do is buy a cheap little
    device called an Ethernet hub, and plug that between the Proxim and your PC
    One. Ethernet hubs can be had anywhere from $20 on up, depending on how many
    ports that you have on it. Usually the cheapest ones only come with four or
    five ports on it, which should be enough for your case.

    What you have to do is unplug the PC One and put that Ethernet cable into
    one of the empty plugs of the hub. Then you take another Ethernet cable, and
    plug one end into PC One and the other end into any one of the remaining
    empty plugs of the hub. Then take all of the rest of your wired PC and plug
    them into the remaining empty plugs of the hub. It's as simple as that, you
    probably won't have to reconfigure any software on your PC either.

    BTW, if you had gotten another router, such as one from Linksys or Dlink,
    you would have then had the router and the hub combined into one device.
    These routers usually have one Ethernet port to connect to the cable or adsl
    modem, while they have four other ports to connect to the PCs in your
    personal network.

    Yousuf Khan
    Yousuf Khan, Dec 18, 2003
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  3. franklin101

    franklin101 Guest

    Thank you for the reply. But maybe I misunderstand your reply. I
    want to have a wireless network for the pc's and the laptop.
    franklin101, Dec 18, 2003
  4. franklin101

    Yousuf Khan Guest

    Yousuf Khan, Dec 19, 2003
  5. franklin101

    franklin101 Guest

    franklin101, Dec 19, 2003
  6. franklin101

    Yousuf Khan Guest

    Then you should be fine, just put a wireless card in each one, and have them
    all connect to your wi-fi router's SSID name, like your laptop is doing now.
    DHCP should assign each one a different private IP address.

    Yousuf Khan
    Yousuf Khan, Dec 19, 2003
  7. franklin101

    franklin101 Guest

    Thanks. I've tried to do this yet still seems that this router
    requires PC one to be wired to the router. I know it doesn't make
    sense but I've tried a lot of different settings to no avail. I guess
    I'll either call Proxim tech support or consider finding a router that
    does do a "complete" wireless network.

    Thanks again for your help.
    franklin101, Dec 19, 2003
  8. franklin101

    franklin101 Guest

    After reading a book, I just solved my problem. I didn't realize I
    had to change the setting of all my desktop wireless cards from ad hoc
    to access point networking and now all works as I expected / wanted.
    Feel stupid after spending days changing settings only to learn this
    now but better late then never.

    Thanks again for trying to help me.
    franklin101, Dec 19, 2003
  9. franklin101

    Yousuf Khan Guest

    Good stuff!

    Yousuf Khan
    Yousuf Khan, Dec 19, 2003
  10. franklin101

    Yousuf Khan Guest

    And don't forget to turn on at least 128-bit WEP encryption, once you're
    sure that the wireless network is working fine in its default configuration.

    Yousuf Khan
    Yousuf Khan, Dec 19, 2003
  11. franklin101

    franklin101 Guest

    Will do. Thanks Yousuf for the help.
    franklin101, Dec 20, 2003
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