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How to dumb down a Linksys Wireless-G Broadband router to a simple W.A.P. device

The network is already setup for DHCP and DNS from another router and I do not want this router to manage any network settings for the laptops. What I simply want to do is to take the router, give it a static IP address for the internal network and allow it to be used as a W.A.P. device for laptop users. What do I need to disable and turn on/off within the router web interface? Also, I do not want WEP but what kind of wireless security can I set on the router that is slightly better than just an open connection?

Help is appreciated thank you!

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Mgrodecki
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Mgrodecki
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lrmooreCommented:
All you have to do is disable DHCP and plug nothing into the WAN port and just plug one of the LAN ports into your existing LAN. Done. It's not just an Access Point
You can set up WAP for security and give out the keys automatically.
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ClickCentricCommented:
I think you'd have to at least set the SSID.
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r-kCommented:
Not sure you can turn off the web interface, but you should set an Admin password. If you don't want encryption you can still set a MAC filter which is one step better than an open connection.
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pseudocyberCommented:
>>What I simply want to do is to take the router, give it a static IP address for the internal network and allow it to be used as a W.A.P. device for laptop users. What do I need to disable and turn on/off within the router web interface? Also, I do not want WEP but what kind of wireless security can I set on the router that is slightly better than just an open connection?


We have several of these.  We connect them to DSL lines, not internal network and then can run VPN from the hosts through the DSL back into the Corporate network for security.

As has been said, simply turn off DHCP.  Connect your LAN to the AP via a LAN port - you probably need a crossover cable - I don't think they do auto MDI/X.  Basic security, change the Account Manager name if you can, change the password.  Put a static IP on it - outside your normal DHCP scope.  You can't turn off the Web admin.

For security - I wouldn't want to manage MAC filtering - too much of a PITA.  Unless, you have a very small number of known machines out there going to use the wireless.

Basic secuirty between open and WEP  - there isn't anything.  I would just allow it to be open and make it policy that people run a VPN if they can for encryption.

You can't do a lot of fancy stuff, because you aren't paying for it.  You get what you pay for.  

There are some interesting alternative Firmwares - check them out at http://www.linksysinfo.org.

Hope this helps.
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