Cable to wireless to UTP network, is it possible and how?
Posted on 2004-10-04
- 4 students and a webdesigner with basic networking knowledge share a house and all need a I-net connection
- 1 pc is on the main floor, 3 pc's on the first floor and 1 on the second floor, all windows machines but all very different in setup, at least 1 has Wifi connectivity on the motherboard
- Internet connection is provided through a recent euroDOCSIS cablemodem on the main floor which delivers a maximum of 6,6 Mbps download & 512 Kbps upload
- 4 dynamic IP's are gotten from the ISP
- The landlady is a total *censored* and does not allow to have holes drilled in the walls to get utp cables through
- I-net is needed URGENTLY
How can we get i-net to all machines in such a way that we don't need to drill holes, or use excessive cables (drunken students tripping over utp cables is a too realistic scenario) and in a cheap possible way (students aren't very wealthy ;) and it bares out a complete WiFi network completely me thinks as it is too expensive to get WiFi cards/stations for 4 pcs, I think...)
What I though off:
- Use hub to provide pc 1 on main floor and a wifi station (bear in mind WiFi is kinda new to me) i-net connection
- have a WiFi enabled Switch on the first floor which serves the 3 pc's through utp cables on the 1st floor and have a long utp cable to serve the pc on the second floor
- have a win2k3 box with WiFi to get the signal and which is going to act as a switch (not as a dhcp though, we need the 4 IP's from the ISP, only 1 should have a local 192.168.x.x IP) providing the pc's i-net with utp
Now could someone tell me if this would work? And if it would work what precisely should be got from hardware (some suggestions on type's would be appreciated too :) ), and which things to look out for? If it doesn't, what would be the best alternative?
Thanks in advance! :)