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how can i turn my windows server 2008 into a wireless router/access point?

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How can I set up RRAS so that my server becomes a wireless router?  I have an internet connection coming through the wired nic and I'd like to share that over the server's wireless NIC.
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by:Rartemass
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Set the gateway on the other computers to the IP address of the server.
You may need to tell the other computers to 'connect to the internet using another PC' via the New Internet Connection Wizard.

Make sure the server allows other computers to access it.
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by:SIT_Help
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But how will my wireless computers connect to the router?  The router being the Server '08 box.
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by:Rartemass
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It depends on the NIC. Some models allow the option of being an access point through software.
What model wireless NIC do you have?

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by:SIT_Help
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Broadcom 57xx.  Are you saying to turn it on with the NIC's own driver software?  Not through RRAS?  I don't know if I made the question clear.  I have computer connected to the internet via a WIRED interface.  I would like to then share out that WIRED connection over the computer's wireless NIC.  The computer is running Server 2008.

Setting the gateway won't do any good as until they connect up to the computer there's no way for them to talk to each other.
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Rartemass earned 500 total points
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This is how I understand your question after your previous post:
1-You have a server with internet access from a network cable.
2-The same server has a wireless NIC (broadcom 57xx)
3-You have several other PCs with wireless NICs
4-You want the wireless NIC of the server to send a signal out that allows internet connection, turning the wireless NIC into a modem.

Is that correct?

I'm not sure if that configuration is possible. They way I would do it is as I suggested above being to keep 1 to 3 above but replace 4 with:
4-Set the Wireless NIC on the Server to receive signals from the other PCs.
5-Share the Internet Connection on the Server
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by:SIT_Help
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Thanks Rartemass,

I guess that's the best I can hope for.  I thought there was a way to have the Windows Server act as a Wireless Router, the way that linux boxes often can.  Doesn't seem like anyone else is weighing in on the issue so I guess I'll accept your solution.
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by:SIT_Help
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It could be that what I was trying to do is not possible but since no one else has posted anything relating to my question I'll accept this idea and have the points awarded to Rartemass
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