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Wireless router - simple question

I plan to use a wireless router in step-down mode (as a switch) to expand the number of wired connections available at a client site, and to provide a wireless network connection in his conference room.

Will the wireless connection work using the LAN ports only, or will the wireless connection only work through the WAN port?  I plan on using a LinkSys/Cisco E-series wireless router.

Thanks in advance.

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Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
Because you use your device as a switch, it will behave transparent, another component (modem, dhcp server etc) will provide ip adresses for your clients. Clients can be wired or wireless, they both should work. Test at home if you're unsure before you go to your client.
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AielloJAuthor Commented:
gerinjansen:

Thanks for the quick reply.  I understand about the other network components providing DHCP, and other services since this router is acting like a switch.  If I'm understanding you correctly, I can add wireless capability using only the LAN ports (step-down mode) of the router.  Is that correct?

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Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
IMHO you can, I have a similar setup at home where I have my DSL modem provide DHCP, computer connected to modem wired connection. Wireless router connected to modem, configured as switch, 2nd computer connected to wireless router (switch) and notebook connected wireless. Both computers and notebook see each other just fine. What kind of setup do you have at home, can you test?
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AielloJAuthor Commented:
Yes, I can test at home, or my office.  I just wasn't sure about where the wireless routed through.  It makes sense it would have to be able to communicate with network hardware connected to the LAN side as well.  I just wanted to be sure before I proposed it as the solution to the client.
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