My company is using a Direcway Satellite uplink to provide internet connection to some media people. We want to be able to provide the media people with internet access as easily as possible.
The internet connection is setup in a remote area via a Direcway satellite which is controlled by a laptop running Windows 2000 Pro. The laptop acts as the gateway for anyone on the wireless network. There is a Linksys router tied to the laptop, and the router is setup to allow a limited number of connections.
The IP scheme in place is 192.168.1.x
The router is 192.168.1.1
The laptop acting as the gateway is 192.168.1.101
The router provides DHCP to wireless clients in the following range 192.168.1.151 - 192.168.1.200
We have provided a number of laptops access to the internet by giving them static IPs between 192.168.1.50 and 192.168.1.100, and by forcing them to use 192.168.1.101 as their gateway.
Our problem arises from the fact that the Linksys .B/.G wireless router will not allocate a gateway other than its own IP. We've setup the laptop to allocate DHCP, and turned off the DHCP on the Linksys router, but the clients don't find the laptop and don't receive DHCP IP addresses from the laptop.
1. Can anyone recommend a reliable, cheap, wireless router which allows you to specify a gateway other than itself?
2. Does anyone know a way to configure the Linksys router to pass internet requests to the laptop (192.168.1.101)?
3. If you can't answer 1 or 2, can you recommend a way to troubleshoot why clients connecting to the wireless access point don't receive the DHCP info from the laptop- when the DHCP server is turned on?
All help or feedback is appreciated. Thank you.