Can I put a W2K server machine between modem and wireless access point which is a DHCP and NAT server
Posted on 2003-03-24
I currently have the following home network configuration:
Broadband line into broadband modem-> into wireless access point (3 COM 3CRWE51196 - acting as a DHCP server and providing NAT has 3 "wired" ports)
Clients access internet/filesharing through wireless PCI cards.
Now I wish to change things for a specific reason and put a machine running Windows 2000 Server between the Modem and the access point so that it is not hidden by the NAT.
This machine has 2 network cards, one will be for the modem to go into and the other will be for the private LAN.
Now this is where I get confused.
The wireless Access Point has a specific port for the broadband (a DSL port) which i assume i will no longer use instead connecting the W2K machine into one of the standard Ethernet ports?
Also should I have the W2Kserver with a static private LAN IP and exclude this from the range the wireless access point gives out?
Will the LAN pcs be able to access the internet properly through this configuration - any special settings/software on the W2K server(I was going to use Microsofts ISA server as a firewall?
Will any of this be affected by the NAT on the access point which cannot be turned off? - the clients will therefore have to access the internet via the wireless gateway into the W2K server through the broadband modem......
Sorry for the questions...I just want to understand this and be sure of what will happen when i do this...thanks...