Network addition

Discussion in 'Broadband Hardware' started by Gingem, Feb 12, 2004.

  1. Gingem

    Gingem Guest

    I have an eithernet network set up with 9 computers
    connected to it running windows XP, Windows 2000 pro, and
    Windows 98. I have a new laptop with a wireless connection
    in it and I would like to add the capability to use this
    to connect to my network. I do not want to change to a
    wireless router, but I would like to add a network device
    to allow access to the network I have using the wireless
    port. Is there some kind of a bridge card or device to do
    this?? I see a lot of wireless routers but cannot find a
    bridging device. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Have A Great Day
    Bill Meyer
    Gingem, Feb 12, 2004
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  2. Gingem

    Kerry Liles Guest

    Most wireless routes can run in "Access Point" mode - where the
    usual capabilities of the router (firewall, Nat etc) are turned
    off. This is how I run my MN-700 which simply hangs off my
    already working and tweaked Dlink router. The access point is
    cabled to the existing router with standard RJ45 and then you
    run whatever wireless devices through the AP. I did this
    because I wanted to experiment with wireless, but not
    necessarily disrupt everything about my network while fooling
    with the MN-700 as a 'real' router... Like it so far.

    From what I've seen of prices - a router disabled to be an AP is
    often cheaper than an AP that can not be anything more than
    that... YMMV.
    Kerry Liles, Feb 12, 2004
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