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I have a laptop that I'm thinking of hooking into a wireless network connection. So the thing is, I have cable internet, which I run into an old computer which is running router/firewall software. The spits the network out to a hub, which my machines run off. Could I plug a wireless router into that hub, and sort of start a new mini wireless network, on top of the local network already running? So a sub net or something?

My system is running great like it is, I don't really want to change my hole setup to wireless, just be able to have some wireless access?

Make any sense?

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You can absolutely do what you're talking about. I'm a network architech by trade and I have the exact same scenario setup in my office.

I assume that you have the PC that's running the firewall also distibuting IP addresses to your internal network. Is that correct? If so, you'll just want to either configure the WAP (wireless access point) to pass DHCP requests onto the network so that the firewall machine can provide IP addresses to wireless hosts as well, or, configure the WAP to provide addresses itself that are valid on your network. If you want some assistance getting it rolling drop me a PM and I can give you a whole lot more guidance if needed.

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Awesome thanks.

Yeah my pc with the firewall/router is running winroute which uses DCHP to doll out ip's to the network. So for example I've got pc's connected that use dhcp to get internal ip's like 192.168.1.2, 192.168.1.3 etc...

If so, you'll just want to either configure the WAP (wireless access point) to pass DHCP requests onto the network so that the firewall machine can provide IP addresses to wireless hosts as well, or, configure the WAP to provide addresses itself that are valid on your network.

So if I plugged in the wireless router to the hub, it would then get 192.168.1.5 I'm assuming. But I'm not sure what would happen then, once I connect the laptop to the wireless router. It would get 192.168.1.6, or the wireless router would dole out something different to it?

Sounds like it's doable either way.

I'm eyeing up this Dlink wireless starter kit. Think it'll do the trick?

http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/proddetail.asp?sku_id=0665000FS10051717&catid=19994&logon=&langid=EN

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  • 2 weeks later...

I ended up getting it working. Only took my half the day to get it sorted out. :(

The trick was that the connection going from my hub to the wireless router needed to go into one of the lan ports, not the internet port. Strange. But it's working, and I now have a wireless node my network. Wahoo! Of course I have no idea how secure it is, I suppose there could be some dude parked on my street downloading kiddie porn through my connection.

Guess I got some research on security to do...

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