Disabling wireless radio broadcasting when not required

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I would like to buy a Wireless ADSL Router with 4-port switch.

Is this possible to disable the wireless radio broadcasting when no
wireless connection is required?

I do not need permanetly the signal broadcasting, but only when I use
my notebook in other rooms. But the router should continue to work for
all other wired PCs in my wired LAN.
Is this possible?

In short: can I have wired connection enabled and wireless connection
disabled at the same time?

Is there any model that allows that?

Thank you very much for replying.
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  1. Archived from groups: alt.internet.wireless (More info?)

    On Mon, 28 Jun 2004 11:52:03 +0200, Giobibo <giobibo@yahoo.com> wrote:

    >I would like to buy a Wireless ADSL Router with 4-port switch.
    >
    >Is this possible to disable the wireless radio broadcasting when no
    >wireless connection is required?
    >
    >I do not need permanetly the signal broadcasting, but only when I use
    >my notebook in other rooms. But the router should continue to work for
    >all other wired PCs in my wired LAN.
    >Is this possible?
    >
    >In short: can I have wired connection enabled and wireless connection
    >disabled at the same time?
    >
    >Is there any model that allows that?
    >
    >Thank you very much for replying.

    If I take the effort to log into the http-based control for my D-Link
    624 and click the wireless button, there is a selection for Wireless
    On/Off. I assume most wireless routers have the same thing. Obviously
    you can only get there from a wired PC to turn it back on.

    Hmm. I just had a thought. One day I'll have to see what happens if I
    turn off wireless on the router and then power cycle it.

    On PCs with wireless cards, you can disable wireless either from the
    card's control software or the Windows Network Setup for wireless. Don't
    know about the other OSs, but you didn't ask about this end anyway.
  2. Archived from groups: alt.internet.wireless (More info?)

    On Mon, 28 Jun 2004 11:52:03 +0200, Giobibo <giobibo@yahoo.com> wrote:

    >I would like to buy a Wireless ADSL Router with 4-port switch.
    >
    >Is this possible to disable the wireless radio broadcasting when no
    >wireless connection is required?
    >
    >I do not need permanetly the signal broadcasting, but only when I use
    >my notebook in other rooms. But the router should continue to work for
    >all other wired PCs in my wired LAN.
    >Is this possible?
    >
    >In short: can I have wired connection enabled and wireless connection
    >disabled at the same time?
    >
    >Is there any model that allows that?
    >
    >Thank you very much for replying.

    I assume by "broadcast" you mean disabling the wireless portion and
    not mean anything in reference to disabling SSID broadcasting.

    The easy solution is to simply remove the antenna(s) from your
    wireless router when not in use. Look for a router with R-TNC
    (Linksys) or R-SMA (D-Link) connectors. This gets old very quickly.

    Another kludge is to write a keyboard macro or script that simulates
    diving into the routers HTML web page for turning on and off the
    wireless enable/disable check box. This is not as difficult as it
    seems and can be done with any macro recorder or HTML automation
    software.

    What you're asking is a common problem at internet cafe's and
    restaurants. They want to turn off the wireless after approximately
    6PM so that the geeks don't monopolize the tables during prime time.
    However, they want the back office computah to continue normal
    operation.

    I go for the divide and conquer solution. Don't buy an all in one
    box. Buy three separate boxes. Box one is an ADSL to ethernet
    modem/bridge. It's always on. Box two is an ethernet router. It's
    also always on allowing the local wired PC's to operate. Box three is
    a wireless bridge also known as an "access point". This is on only
    when needed. This arrangement also has the advantage of locating the
    router/switch in the back office where one can make a mess with CAT5
    wires going everywhere, while the wireless bridge can sit high up in
    the public area for better coverage. Turning off the power to the
    wireless bridge does not affect anything in the ethernet router.

    Incidentally, a wireless router can often be used as a wireless bridge
    by ignoring the WAN port. You may wanna buy a wireless router instead
    of a wireless bridge (access point) because they're often cheaper and
    offer the versatility of being used as either a router or bridge
    depending on wiring and configuration.


    --
    Jeff Liebermann jeffl@comix.santa-cruz.ca.us
    150 Felker St #D http://www.LearnByDestroying.com
    Santa Cruz CA 95060 AE6KS 831-336-2558
  3. Archived from groups: alt.internet.wireless (More info?)

    Giobibo <giobibo@yahoo.com> wrote:

    > I would like to buy a Wireless ADSL Router with 4-port switch.
    >
    > Is this possible to disable the wireless radio broadcasting when no
    > wireless connection is required?
    >
    > I do not need permanetly the signal broadcasting, but only when I use
    > my notebook in other rooms. But the router should continue to work for
    > all other wired PCs in my wired LAN.
    > Is this possible?
    >
    > In short: can I have wired connection enabled and wireless connection
    > disabled at the same time?
    >
    > Is there any model that allows that?

    Yes, several models can do this; but it's not as simple as flipping a
    switch on the unit. You have to reconfigure and (usually) reboot the
    router every time you switch the wireless function on or off. It would
    be easier, though more expensive, to use a separate wireless access
    point connected to an always-on wired router. Whichever method you
    choose, you should configure the wireless device for automatic channel
    selection in order to avoid intermittent interference with other
    wireless networks in your vicinity.
  4. Archived from groups: alt.internet.wireless (More info?)

    On Mon, 28 Jun 2004 14:09:02 GMT, neillmassello@earthlink.net (Neill
    Massello) wrote:

    >Giobibo <giobibo@yahoo.com> wrote:
    >
    >> I would like to buy a Wireless ADSL Router with 4-port switch.
    >>
    >> Is this possible to disable the wireless radio broadcasting when no
    >> wireless connection is required?
    >>
    >> I do not need permanetly the signal broadcasting, but only when I use
    >> my notebook in other rooms. But the router should continue to work for
    >> all other wired PCs in my wired LAN.
    >> Is this possible?
    >>
    >> In short: can I have wired connection enabled and wireless connection
    >> disabled at the same time?
    >>
    >> Is there any model that allows that?
    >
    >Yes, several models can do this; but it's not as simple as flipping a
    >switch on the unit. You have to reconfigure and (usually) reboot the
    >router every time you switch the wireless function on or off. It would
    >be easier, though more expensive, to use a separate wireless access
    >point connected to an always-on wired router. Whichever method you
    >choose, you should configure the wireless device for automatic channel
    >selection in order to avoid intermittent interference with other
    >wireless networks in your vicinity.

    On my Toshiba, it's not as simple as flipping a switch, but almost. I
    have to log into the router, uncheck the wireless box, and log out
    again. Only takes a few moments, and I don't do it often.

    Dick
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    Walker wrote:

    <top post corrected>

    >> Is this possible to disable the wireless radio broadcasting when no
    >> wireless connection is required?

    >> In short: can I have wired connection enabled and wireless connection
    >> disabled at the same time?

    > Most wireless routers supports that function.
    > "disable ssid broadcasting" or something to that effect.

    Disabling broadcasting of the SSID does _not_ stop broadcasting.
    The radio is stil active and still sending out the same amount of
    beacon frames.
    Only inside those beacon frames the SSID is now missing.

    Sander
  7. Archived from groups: alt.internet.wireless (More info?)

    On Mon, 28 Jun 2004 18:09:39 +0800, "Walker" <abc@xyz.com> wrote:

    >Yes, sure.
    >
    >Most wireless routers supports that function.
    >"disable ssid broadcasting" or something to that effect.

    Thank you for your reply.

    But "disable ssid broadcasting" will disable only the sending of some
    information, but the router will still broadcast a radio signal.

    I want to turn off the brodacasting completely
    (ok, may be I coulkd remove the antenna :-), but is there any
    "standard" way to do that?)
  8. Archived from groups: alt.internet.wireless (More info?)

    On Mon, 28 Jun 2004 12:35:25 +0200, Giobibo <giobibo@yahoo.com> wrote:

    >On Mon, 28 Jun 2004 18:09:39 +0800, "Walker" <abc@xyz.com> wrote:
    >
    >>Yes, sure.
    >>
    >>Most wireless routers supports that function.
    >>"disable ssid broadcasting" or something to that effect.
    >
    >Thank you for your reply.
    >
    >But "disable ssid broadcasting" will disable only the sending of some
    >information, but the router will still broadcast a radio signal.
    >
    >I want to turn off the brodacasting completely
    >(ok, may be I coulkd remove the antenna :-), but is there any
    >"standard" way to do that?)

    My Toshiba router/cable modem has an option in the wireless setup
    screen to turn wireless off. That is the default setting when the
    router is reset. There is no question that it does turn it off.

    I just read through the manual for the LinkSys WRT54g, a popular
    router, and in the wireless screen there is an option to set wireless
    Mode to Mixed, G-Only or Disabled. I would assume many routers have
    this same capability.

    Dick
  9. Archived from groups: alt.internet.wireless (More info?)

    > On my Toshiba, it's not as simple as flipping a switch, but almost. I
    > have to log into the router, uncheck the wireless box, and log out
    > again. Only takes a few moments, and I don't do it often.
    >
    > Dick

    I guess this is your Toshiba notebook, must notebooks now have this options
    because there are certain environments where people don't want the radio
    signals as its a type of interference eg Hospitals, airplanes etc

    regards

    Andrew

    http://www.securelymobile.co.uk/
    Suppliers of Security, Wireless and Mobile Computer and Communication
    Solutions.
  10. Archived from groups: alt.internet.wireless (More info?)

    On Mon, 28 Jun 2004 18:42:07 +0100, "Andrew Crook"
    <andrew@NOSPAM_andicrook.demon.co.uk> wrote:

    >
    >> On my Toshiba, it's not as simple as flipping a switch, but almost. I
    >> have to log into the router, uncheck the wireless box, and log out
    >> again. Only takes a few moments, and I don't do it often.
    >>
    >> Dick
    >
    >I guess this is your Toshiba notebook, must notebooks now have this options
    >because there are certain environments where people don't want the radio
    >signals as its a type of interference eg Hospitals, airplanes etc
    >
    >regards
    >
    >Andrew

    No. This is a Toshiba PCX5000, which is a cable modem and wireless
    router in the same box. It's true that I can turn off the internal
    wireless in my HP laptop, but that doesn't stop the router from
    transmitting.

    Dick
  11. Archived from groups: alt.internet.wireless (More info?)

    I don't see my Dlink DI-524 having the wireless off button but I could
    reduce the signal down to 10%. Personally I would just get a new router and
    enable WPA & MAC filtering and not worry about it after that. Unless your
    neighbor is a creative hacking genius he ain't getting in. Its my
    understanding that there isn't a KNOWN way of sniffing in on a WPA signal.


    "xray" <notreally@hotmail.invalid> wrote in message
    news:v4svd017h5qiro84ooa0gea5oqumbnfsht@4ax.com...
    > On Mon, 28 Jun 2004 11:52:03 +0200, Giobibo <giobibo@yahoo.com> wrote:
    >
    > >I would like to buy a Wireless ADSL Router with 4-port switch.
    > >
    > >Is this possible to disable the wireless radio broadcasting when no
    > >wireless connection is required?
    > >
    > >I do not need permanetly the signal broadcasting, but only when I use
    > >my notebook in other rooms. But the router should continue to work for
    > >all other wired PCs in my wired LAN.
    > >Is this possible?
    > >
    > >In short: can I have wired connection enabled and wireless connection
    > >disabled at the same time?
    > >
    > >Is there any model that allows that?
    > >
    > >Thank you very much for replying.
    >
    > If I take the effort to log into the http-based control for my D-Link
    > 624 and click the wireless button, there is a selection for Wireless
    > On/Off. I assume most wireless routers have the same thing. Obviously
    > you can only get there from a wired PC to turn it back on.
    >
    > Hmm. I just had a thought. One day I'll have to see what happens if I
    > turn off wireless on the router and then power cycle it.
    >
    > On PCs with wireless cards, you can disable wireless either from the
    > card's control software or the Windows Network Setup for wireless. Don't
    > know about the other OSs, but you didn't ask about this end anyway.
    >
    >
  12. Archived from groups: alt.internet.wireless (More info?)

    Giobibo wrote:

    > I would like to buy a Wireless ADSL Router with 4-port switch.
    >
    > Is this possible to disable the wireless radio broadcasting when no
    > wireless connection is required?
    >
    > I do not need permanetly the signal broadcasting, but only when I use
    > my notebook in other rooms. But the router should continue to work for
    > all other wired PCs in my wired LAN.
    > Is this possible?
    >
    > In short: can I have wired connection enabled and wireless connection
    > disabled at the same time?
    >
    > Is there any model that allows that?
    >
    > Thank you very much for replying.

    ZyXEL Zyair B-2000 v2 has this functionality. ($109 direct from mfg.)

    Lac
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    the easiest way to do this is simply buy a standard wired only router and a
    wireless access point (WAP) and connect the wap to one of the ports on the
    switch. Then when you want to disconnect the wireless access, just unplug
    the wap. HOWEVER, this is a lot of extra work, since with the proper
    settings with either a WAP or wireless router, there is no real reason to
    disable the wireless access when you are not using it.
    "Giobibo" <giobibo@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:j9qvd09pi6eq0ern8ut6mh72vavfpgj3u3@4ax.com...
    > I would like to buy a Wireless ADSL Router with 4-port switch.
    >
    > Is this possible to disable the wireless radio broadcasting when no
    > wireless connection is required?
    >
    > I do not need permanetly the signal broadcasting, but only when I use
    > my notebook in other rooms. But the router should continue to work for
    > all other wired PCs in my wired LAN.
    > Is this possible?
    >
    > In short: can I have wired connection enabled and wireless connection
    > disabled at the same time?
    >
    > Is there any model that allows that?
    >
    > Thank you very much for replying.
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