Wireless Plotter

Posted on 2006-05-10
Last Modified: 2010-05-18
I have a client who wants an AutoCAD workstation and he's told me he is unable to use cabling to connect to the plotter in the same room. There is a network card in the plotter, but neither the PC nor the plotter have any wireless built-in.

Could someone please advise me as to the following:
- the most sensible method for doing something like this
- whether I need two access points or can get away with one
- whether the access points need to be configured for access point to access point communication

Question by:dkt075
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    Expert Comment

    If the computer in this room is the only one that is going to use the plotter, you can use peer to peer wireless an no access points would be needed, just a wireless card for each device.
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    Author Comment

    How would the plotter connect?
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    Accepted Solution

    You could use pretty much any Wireless Router with a Switch built in - the kind with 4 or more ports.  You would plug the wall into a LAN connection with a cross over cable.  You would plug the printer into a LAN connection with a straight through Ethernet.  The wireless portion would allow wireless access to anyone, including your pc across the room, to connect to it - both the pc and the printer would simply be hosts on the same layer 2 network.

    You would NOT use the WAN port in this scenario.

    --from wall----LAN Port1 of WRT
                         LAN Port2 of WRT-------Plotter
                         . (wireless)

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