I'm looking for some advice on expanding my current wired network to include a wireless solution. I'm a complete novice as far as wireless is concerned and am confused as to what I require to get my network connected.
I currently have 2 computers (XP & FreeBSD) and a HP Laserjet 4 Plus connected to a Linksys BEFSR41 wired router which connects to Broadband Internet via a Motorola SB3100 modem. This is situated upstairs in the 'office'. I am adding another computer downstairs to feed to the TV and would also like to share my existing network resources. I intend to move the Internet connection downstairs too thus eliminating the length of coax travelling around my house.
What should I buy? I've read a few sites and guides but am getting a little confused by all the different devices available.
My initial thoughts are to purchase a wireless router for downstairs connecting the computer via wire since it will be a few feet away. Upstairs to have a Wireless Access Point connected to my existing wired router. This should negate the need to reconfigure the existing network which is setup with static IPs.
Is this correct or are there better solutions? Also, what equipment do you recommend. I was thinking along the lines of the Linksys WRT54G-UK and WAP54G-UK. They are fairly cheap and seem quite popular.
If you want to accomplish everything you want to do for a reasonable price I would get a WRT54G and a WAP54G and bridge them.
........BEFSR41-WAP54G (wireless bridge) WRT54G-Comp3
Before you hook up the WRT54G make sure DHCP is disabled on your BEFSR41. Other router services like DNS shouldn't effect anything if they are still running. Disabling those also won't hurt anything though.
Wireless is usually an easier solution but if possible I would definatly just run a cat5 between the 2 floors, put the router downstairs and a small switch upstairs. The speed, reliability, and security of a wired connection cannot be beat.
I'd disable the DHCP on the wireless router myself but it really doesn't matter as long as there's only one DHCP server in the mix, or if your running. Really depends on what the network segment is and if either router will let you change it. The bridges only require IP's for configuration, which you'll definitely want to use as you'll need to setup some form of wireless security. There are several variables that would decide how I'd set it up specifically but you have the basic idea.
"On reflection I suppose I should have got a wireless bridge but it's working that's the main thing."
You did. You got and AP that has a bridge mode. Virtually the same thing. Not a dedicated bridge but buying a dedicated device wouldn't give you any kind of advantage over an AP setup as a workgroup bridge. Not the way your setup anyway.