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Can a Co-ax IPX/SPX based LAN be converted to wirless.?

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We use a IPX/SPX based LAN to access legacy applications on Novell client work stations spread across a field site.The workstations connect to a Novel 3.12 file server via co-ax cable.The applications themselves run on a process monitoring computer (LETS call it station A) that gathers data from  PLC loop devices, data is stored on station A's hard disk mapped as drive :T on the novel file server. The novell file server has two NIC's in it one for the computers (X and Y) located inside the PLC data storage room (where station A is located) and the other for workstations spread across the worksite all within 250 ft from the novell server.
Here's the diagram.

STATION A -  |
                     |
Workstation X |
                     |
Worksation  Y |_____ Co-ax segment 1
                               |                                        _____Worsksation Win 2000 Novell cient
Novel 3.12-------NIC 1                                        |____ Worsksation Win 2000 Novell cient
File server         NIC 2______coax segment 2___ |____Worsksation Win 2000 Novell cient

The NIC's used are # 3 COM 900B, they have both RJ-45 and BNC ports. Currently we use the BNC ports  for matter of simplicity. It also offers some level of interference protection on longer cable run of the co-ax segment 2 to the win 2000 Novell clients.

Can anyone help me to make connection from NIC 2 to the WIN2000 Novell clients wireless..?
will appreciate it.
Thank you.
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sure. it is quite simple, get a wireless AP at first. here, i ignor how to choose a right access point, if you want  to know, let discuss it later.

since the NIC2 has both RJ-45 and BNC ports, so just use a segment of UTP to link the RJ-45 port and the RJ-45 port on AP, then its ok for the server side.

as for the client side, the 3 w2k novell clients, they need pcmcia wireless card or pci wirless card, just think these adapter as those traditional ones, the physical and driver installation are almost same. please let me know if you have problem. all the protocol, IPX/SPX, you can use them as before.

dont think wireless networking is too complex, it has special things but not quite new at all.

hope it helps,
bbao
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