Adding a router to Server 2000 network

Hi,

My Doctors office has a small client/server network consisting of a server running Server 2000 and 5 workstations running Windows 2000 pro. They want to add a laptop to this and they have installed a wireless router since a cable drop does exist at the desk and the nurse wants to be able to carry it around.

I'm busy trying to figure out if they need to buy 1 or a 5 pack license. This aside it just dawned on me that I don’t understand what the license situation with the router will be. There is only the laptop plugged into it at the moment so I assume I can simply join the domain from the laptop and all is well. But since I have some time to prepare:

Does anyone care to ruin my day with some delightful news about Microsoft barfing about this?

Thanks
Lee

PS anything special I need to worry about when inserting a router with Windows 2000?
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
Hi ccampbell15,

first off why are you using a router? why not a wireless Access point, its a lot easier to configure unless you have a router which doubles as an AP?

you will legally need a license to join the domain but you wont be restricted from joining

Cheers!
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ccampbell15Author Commented:
HI Jay

Greetings from Texas.

Because it's there.  Someone stuck in a Linksys wireless cable/dsl router (access point) that has an output from the switch bringing the T1 line over. I guess they assumed that would put them into the network?  Am I missing something about the difference between a wireless router and an access point?  When you mention the license, I assume you mean 1 for the laptop?  Seems like some wasted effort but being Scottish/Irish, I am a firm believer in Murphy’s law!

R
Lee
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
haha sounds very much like mr Grandpa! he is also a bit of irish and scottish

if you send me the model of that router ill find out if it works as an AP as well for you :)

just one license for the client to use the domain "legally anywayz
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ccampbell15Author Commented:
The AP part is fine.  They are already have internet access just can't join the domain.  Hey, the last name is Campbell.  Ever notice how many times you see that name on the old guals?
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
ahh excellent then i thought myabe there was issues with setting up the AP, whats the error that you get? are you able to ping the DC and the other machines by name and IP?
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
aha i know the feeling, you should be righ   if you have connectivity between machines and can ping the DC its all good from there (in theory..)
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carl_legereCommented:
always wanted to know about censorship on here, lol
Wireless in a medical facility is a hard sell!  I would not use linksys type ever.
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tray_jonesCommented:
the difference between a wireless router and an access point?

Well, the wireless router is actually going to route packets from one subnet to another subnet, some of the routers can be set into "Bridging Mode" which makes them an access point, an AP is simply a bridge or for better use, a media converter from wired to wireless.

Going along with carl_legere, security of that wireless should be a major concern.  After all of the security that could be enabled is enabled, I would grab a laptop with Netstumbler on it to watch the AP's signal strength from outside the building, lower the AP power until there is no more signal leaking out of the building, then see what you can get inside for where the wireless works.  You have have to re-think the positioning of the AP.

Hope this helps

Tray
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ccampbell15Author Commented:
Censorship?  

I had not given security a thought. I don't even know if they have encryption enabled. It's Ok at the moment since the laptop is not part of the domain yet.  They actually have a Cisco bridge between the switch & the wireless router so I think that's cleared up. Anyone see a reason why the server would stumble going through the bridge then the router then the laptop? Not sure the bridge is necessary but it's already in place.

Lee
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
security is just the security of your transfer side of things. i cant see a problem although the bridge seems to be almost pointless now!
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ccampbell15Author Commented:
I thought it would be a bit difficult to think about a problem that could happen rather then after the fact. Turns out that Microsoft is going to take 7-10 days to get the license to me. I just added the workstation and when the license actually gets here, just add it. They sure make it hard to give them your money!

Advuce on point. Was I in the ballpark?
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
yah thats what i was mentioning above - shouldnt have been an issue to simply join! all is good then>?
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