wireless laptops

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Tom Pepper, Nov 25, 2006.

  1. Tom Pepper

    Tom Pepper Guest

    what is the procedure to setup a wifi notebook on the sbs network? It has to
    connect to the router first to get an ip address but the dhcp is turned off
    so i'm unclear on how this is done.
    Tom Pepper, Nov 25, 2006
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  2. Tom Pepper

    Cris Hanna Guest

    You don't indicate how many nics you have in the server and what they are
    connected to.

    rather than using a wireless router you should be using a wireless access
    point on the internal side of the network
    Cris Hanna, Nov 25, 2006
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  3. Tom Pepper

    Tom Pepper Guest

    i have a 604T with AP built in. 2 nics on the server. What is the difference
    between the AP on the wired/wireless router and a separate AP?

    Tom Pepper, Nov 25, 2006
  4. Where is your wireless access point? If it's attached to the LAN, it
    doesn't need to do DHCP, as the wireless client will be able to reach the
    SBS for one.

    If it's outside the LAN, then it needs to do DHCP, as the SBS DHCP won't
    be accessible. Also, all wireless clients connected to such a WAP will be
    considered "remote" as they're on the _outside_ of the SBS network.
    Steve Foster [SBS MVP], Nov 25, 2006
  5. Tom Pepper

    Tom Pepper Guest

    ok understood. But how do i get a wifi laptop to just get an internet
    connection from the AP on the router?

    Is this possible? Because I don't see how I can have an ip address. Could it
    have a static one??
    Tom Pepper, Nov 26, 2006
  6. Tom:

    The "Appendix: Sample Network Diagrams" in the text document located at
    http://home.comcast.net/~clearviewtc shows examples of setting up wireless
    networking with 1-NIC and 2-NIC SBS configurations.

    Based on your posts, it sounds like you want "guest" laptops to be able to get
    just Internet access. With a 1-NIC SBS this can only be done (in a way that
    maintains security) if you have a sophisticated wireless router / firewall
    appliance which supports V-LANs or at least a separate SSID for Internet-only
    access. My preference is to use a 2-NIC SBS for this scenario with two WAPs as
    shown in the diagram.

    Cris prefers WAPs over wireless routers when a WAP is what is needed. But it
    is very easy to configure a wireless router as a WAP if you wish to do so.
    Just assign it a static IP consistent with your addressing plan, disable the
    device's DHCP server, and do NOT connect anything to the "WAN" or "Internet"

    -- Owen Williams [SBS MVP]
    Owen Williams [SBS MVP], Nov 26, 2006
  7. If the WAP is outside the LAN, it (or something else) needs to do DHCP, if
    you want client to get an address automatically. SBS does not provide DHCP
    on its external nic.
    Steve Foster [SBS MVP], Nov 26, 2006
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