Using wireless router stand alone

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Windows Vista
Wireless in 2010
Wireless Network
Wireless network management
Wireless router
Once I have configured my wireless router with a network connected desktop, can the  wireless  router be run stand alone and utilized only  with my laptops that are prewired with wireless?  The desktop will be disconnected.

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windows vista, dell 1570 laptop
ASKED: October 1, 2010  6:48 PM
UPDATED: February 15, 2011  3:36 AM

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Simple answer is yes however if you need to change any settings on the router in future you want to check if it has a setting to allow Administration from a Wireless client and if it does enable it otherwise you will need to dig out the CAT 5 cable again.

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Like the others are saying, yes, once your wireless is up and running, there really isnt a need to keep a cat5 cable dangling in your router. A great deal of router models allow you to wirelessly administer them. But if you hose your wireless connection, nothing beats a direct umbilical to the device…

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  • TomLiotta
    The only problem that I'd expect is that you might want router management to be over a wired connection rather than wireless. But maybe you have a router that demands a wired link. I've never run into one like that. Simplest thing to do is just pull the cable to the desktop. I wouldn't expect any problem, but you can always plug it back in. You should have an answer within a couple minutes. You might also invest in a USB or PCMCIA Ethernet adapter for one of your laptops. If wired management is kept and the desktop is not available, it'll come in handy. Tom
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