Wireless LAN setup

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Hi all, I have a wired network of some 2 servers, 20 clients and 1 ADSL broadband router, all connected through netgear switches. I want to setup the wireless lan where all 20 clients can access the network and the internet. Could anyone please let me know that.. 1-Would I will have to buy a wireless router/ brige/ or access point and replace the existing router? 2-And how to connect the router and switches so that clients can access the network. Any help will be appriciated. Thanks & best regards
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First, a question…are you replacing the wired infrastructure?

You should be able to plug the WAP right into one of the switches with no trouble.

Paul

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  • Bobkberg
    This is a bit off-topic from your question, but since it appears that you're doing this for a business, please go to www.cisecurity.org and download and read the wireless security benchmark document. It will not guarantee a perfectly secure network (NO wireless is perfectly secure), but it will certainly help you eliminate large holes - which is the intended purpose. It's basically a guide to the minimum things that you should do, and shows screen shots for several brands of equipment to give you examples. Bob
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  • KProcopio
    Here's a suggestion: 1. Put wireless network cards (NICs) into each of the 20 clients. 2. Place a wireless access point(s) in various locations of your building as needed. 3COM makes a good wireless LAN access point. Check the range needed. Configure the access point(s) with WEP, a static IP, and your network's gateway and DNS settings. 3. Configure the NICs to access the access points. You could specify MAC address authentication. It's secure but tedious - you have to enter the MAC address from each client's wireless NIC - but it's worth your time. You can copy and paste. 4. Uplink the access point(s) via a CAT5 to your ADSL router. This depends upon your wired network's infrastructure. Or - you can connect the wireless access point(s) through the switches and uplink to the ADSL. Good luck. KP
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  • Paul144hart
    Taking a guess that your 20 clients are laptops - if so and they have a wireless adpater builtin... Add the wireless access point. SECURE THE CONNECTIONS!! Look up WEP or the web site mentioned. The clients can then disconnect from the wall and use the wireless lan. The clients won't need to do anything, the conenctions should show the wired lan disconnecting but the wired okay while in range. Note - check the access points for capacity (IPs and traffic), range and dispersal requirements (if more than one).
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  • Inamhaque
    Thanks a lot guys, your answers really helpful in clearing my doubts. Thanks a lot once again.
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  • Whitecap
    All the previous answers are sound. As wel as the other security measures, MAC flitering, SSID off and the best encryption you can get I would like to add that authenticating your users to the wireless network is also good practice by using 802.11X and RADIUS. This can be set up with little cost as the components required are all bundled within Windows and Linux
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  • petkoa
    If you have recently bought hardware (wireless NICs, access points and/or routers), it should support both WEP and WPA encryption. I'll suggest NOT TO USE WEP - use WPA instead. When you go to the suggested website, you'll find out why. BR, Petko
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  • Paul144hart
    I agree - WPA if your laptops have it. It would warrant buying a bunch of USB or PC Card adapters if the built ins don't have it.
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  • Hedgehog
    Hi inamhaque, WEP is NOT secure; restricting access by MAC addr is even less secure. Use WPA, change ALL default passwords, SSID names, etc in whatever Wireless AP you purchase, and if confidential data MUST be trasmitted over wireless, encrypt it (via a VPN for example). Good Luck! Hedgehog.
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