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Hello Experts,

I am in a bottleneck concerning design. Basically, I have generic switch connecting my LAN together. I want to provide wireless connectivity to couple Windows 2003 member servers. So I bought a Linksys Router/Access Point/Switch. The problem is where to place it effectively. Should I connect it to my ISA firewall on the 3rd network card? or behind the DSL modem? I was thinking just plugging it to a port on the switch to ease configuration hasless since the only PCs I want to give wireless connectivity are managed member servers.

I know that if I want to provide wireless access to unmanaged computers and/or users with lets say laptops and else, it is best practice to connect the access point to a wireless DMZ interface on the ISA firewall, however it is long configuration and is not the case.

If I place the Linksys behind the modem then my ISA firewall wont have the public IP address assigned to the external interface which I use for external VPN and I really want to avoid doing this.

Any suggestions?  

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by:Rob Williams
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I know it is not an answer to your question but, not so sure I would recommend connecting any server by means of wireless due to; reduced security, reduced performance, and lack of reliability.

However if you do want to add it, you can do so by making it an access point.
-disable the LAN DHCP function on it
-do not configure the WAN/Internet port
-assign it an IP in the same subnet as your local LAN
-connect a LAN port to your existing switch
-configure the wireless as per normal with security features enabled
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by:elyrodriguez
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I know is not best practice however, the server is not serving anything is just a memeber server used as a client machine using the resources of the network. thanks for the pointers though.

Any other experts advise are welcome
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I need some help please thanks.
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Not suggesting it is the only answer, but do you have problems or concerns with the suggestion I made?
--Rob
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by:elyrodriguez
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I need Experts to help me out on this issue. Thanks.
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Then please answer the experts questions,

What was wrong with what RobWill suggested you do?

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