Wireless addition?

Discussion in 'Windows Networking' started by Marty, Dec 22, 2003.

  1. Marty

    Marty Guest

    I have a 4-port router which is connected on the WAN side to a cable
    modem and to several computers on the LAN ports. Everything works fine
    (DHCP OK).

    I want to add a wireless link to one of the unused LAN ports. Can I
    simply connect a wireless access point device to an unused LAN port
    and provide wireless access to a computer with a wireless USB adapter?
    In other words, I want the wireless computer to get a DHCP address
    just like the computers that are wired directly to a LAN port on the
    router. I realize that I could purchase a router that provides both
    wired LAN ports as well as 802.11_ wireless connectivity -- but my SMC
    router works real well and I'd like to keep using it. (If the access
    point idea will be problematic, then I"ll get a new router.)

    Second question: Considering 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g -- as options,
    which will work more reliably in the confines of a home? (i.e. through
    walls, floors, etc.)
    Marty, Dec 22, 2003
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  2. Marty

    daytripper Guest

    Yup, that's all there is to it. Make sure the access point is configured to
    operate in "infrastructure mode", not "ad hoc mode". And if the wireless
    access point has its own DHCP server built in, just make sure it doesn't issue
    addresses from a block that overlaps any other DHCP service (the router, for

    fwiw, I've had a Netgear 802.11a access point plugged into one of my Linksys
    router ports for almost two years, works just like you want it to work.
    Wireless B & G should travel better than A, B best of all (lower bandwidth and
    less demanding) but both B and G are in the virtually unregulated 2.4ghz space
    (read: "2.4ghz portable phones"). A is in a regulated 5ghz space, which is
    good, but it doesn't travel through structures as well.

    If I was doing it again, and had to do it now, I'd likely get a B+G access
    point as the most flexible bang for the buck. But if I could wait a little
    longer, I'd get an A+B+G dual frequency WAP as slightly more flexible yet

    daytripper, Dec 22, 2003
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