Set up wireless router as wireless access point

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by doucettea, May 14, 2007.

  1. doucettea

    doucettea Guest

    (I posted this before in an unrelated thread and thought I should move it
    out into its own thread.)
    How do I set up a wireless router as a wireless access-point only, inside
    the network? I bought a Linksys WRT54G for this purpose. I have a network
    cable running between it (on one of the connection ports, not on the
    "internet" port) and the internal switch. I can access the setup pages.
    Is there anything else I need to do?
    I bought this particular model because it came recommended.
    One of the MVPs here recommended it and wrote that setting it up as a WAP is
    trivial -- I'm still missing a few details on how to configure this
    triviality :)
    I will, however, tell you which devices I have personally used and which
    I know work:
    * LinkSys WRT54g v2 thru v4 or WRT54gL. (These are the Linux-based
    versions of the WRT54g.)

    Reconfiguring a wireless router to be a WAP is trivial:
    * Set the router's static LAN IP appropriate to the LAN addressing plan.
    * Disable the router's DHCP server.
    * Do NOT plug anything into the WAN/Internet jack - put a piece of
    electrical tape over it if necessary! [NOTE: On some devices, the DD-
    WRT firmware allows the WAN/Internet jack to be reconfigured as another
    switch port, so the device has a 5-port switch.]

    Does anyone have a suggestion about how I should do this? I've completed the
    2 steps above.

    doucettea, May 14, 2007
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  2. I'm not sure what your question is.
    You plug a network cable from your wired switch to one of the 4 ports on the
    You turn off DCHP on the router
    You configure the Routers IP address in the LAN config to match the subnet
    in use by the LAN

    In this scenario, wireless workstations should get an IP from the SBS server
    and be able to logon and access resources..

    what else are you still unclear on?
    Cris Hanna [SBS-MVP], May 14, 2007
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  3. Ari:

    I posted the preceding information. As Cris says, if you have followed these
    instructions, your wireless router is configured to work as a WAP. [You still
    need to configure the wireless settings for your network - SSID, security, etc.
    - on the device. The instructions I posted only describe how to reconfigure a
    wireless router to work like a WAP.]

    Is something not working? Do you have additional questions or need help with
    something else?

    -- Owen Williams [SBS MVP]
    Owen Williams [SBS MVP], May 15, 2007
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