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setting up an access point

Posted on 2006-06-09
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Hello experts!

Well I am quite new to wireless networking, but I will briefly explain what I currently have and what I need to accomplish:

I have a wired network with an adsl connection, and want to setup an access point to allow wireless notebooks to access both internet and data on the existing network and vice versa (just like I where going to link 2 switches together)

current wired settings:
- one d-link 8 port switch
- one Thomson speedtouch dsl modem/router
- network with fixed IP address starting from 10.0.0.1 - subnet mask 255.255.255.0 - the dslmodem /gateway is 10.0.0.138

Access point:
- NETGEAR WG602 V3
- prefer to keep IPs fixed too

I have tried to setup the AP as IP 10.0.0.200 and gateway 10.0.0.138 - my notebook connected to the AP but I couldn't access the internet nor see any other computer on the network - please advise as I am new to wireless networking


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by:ejg398
ID: 16873622
Is the Dsl modem going into the netgear and then the switch connected to the netgear? Are you using static IP's for all of your machines or what is doling out dhcp addresses? if you are not giving out dhcp address your laptop will see the access point but you will not get an ip address thus not allowing network access nor internet access. if you give your laptop a static in the same network range it should work. A little more detail in the way things are hooked up and configured would help out. it is a simple setup just not sure how you have everything plugged in.

Simple setup I would do to insure network security also. Example. DSL modem has an external address of 192.168.1.1. I would go from the dsl to the netgear. change the internal ip range to 172.30.1.1 turning dhcp on and only giving out 20 or whatever addresses depending on how many clients you have. configure the netgear for an ssid of whatever you want to name it. can limit access by enable wep, hiding the broadcast and securing the access to only the MAC addresses you add to the security list. any machine that plugs into the hardwired ethernet network will get an ip from the range that you specified on the netgear also. thus allowing you to browse network shares and also browse the internet.

Let me know if this helps if not can try my best to help you with what you are doing.

Juan
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by:bstrecker
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I have never used that type of router before, but I think an easy way to solve this problem would be to go into the router's admin panel and go to the client table. When you are there set the AP's device to "DHCP - Reserved" and specify the IP you want the router to assign to it. Please note, that in the AP's config you have to set the IP page to DHCP.

If you do not have this option, proceed onward.

I see you have assigned an IP and a gateway. You need to assign a subnet in order for it to work...

Let us know.
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by:mywebarchitect
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Hi,

Thanks for the replies.
To clear things more, the dsl modem is linked to the D-link switch - also the netgear AP is linked to the switch, so this way all connections would finally end up at the switch and have access to the internet.

the range I am using is 10.0.0.x because the dsl modem cannot change this format, so I decided to have every machine and thus the AP using this format.

I had done all of that b4 including the subnet mask, but with no use. I am not familiar with dchp, and usually don't prefer it, because I like to rely on knowing each machine by IP rather than by name since I am on MS windows so numbers are much better specially in troubleshooting..

thanks again
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by:lukeca
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Did you set a static IP on your laptop's wireless connection?  Because you do not have anything giving out DHCP.
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by:mywebarchitect
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Yes I have - there must be somehing that I am missing here, isn't there?
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Are you using wireless encryption, like WEP for example, and if you are is it set correctly on your laptop?  That would make your laptop show connected, but not allow any traffic to pass through.
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by:mywebarchitect
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Thank you all for your help, but the encryption was my problem :)
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