how do i set up wireless network with server

October 22, 2010 at 15:36:53
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Im have 3 dell laptops that I am wanting to use in my medical office, I just purchased an Asus server and im in the market for a wireless router I understand the basics of a client/server network but I have concerns because im not a networking proffesional. Could someone run me through the basics of providing access to the applications on my server to each laptop and possibly how to maintain my security. Plus any other tips or need to knows. This is my first network ive ever set up. I was going to purchase towers and run cat 5 cable, but instead i decided it may be more feasible to go wireless.

I am waiting on my server to be delivered so i dont have the exact specs yet.

Appreciating the responses,

Eric Parnell

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October 22, 2010 at 15:49:56
A rule of thumb is, use wired connections rather than wireless.
So if possible, do so.

If you want to use wireless anyway, make sure, you configure the wireless router and PCs or Laptops with encryption type WPA2.
In addition, configure the MAC filter, so that only your PCs and Laptops do have permission to use your network.

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October 22, 2010 at 16:22:41
thank you for the quick response, i understand the rule of thumb, its always more secure to stay wired. any more reasons for considering going with wired networks. also will any server be compatible with any router, wireless or wired?.....considering configuration of my router, is it any more complicated than configuring a wireless router on a home network, basically without my server. the reason i ask is because i have a wireless network at home that i set up my self. basically it was just clicking the network from my laptop and entering in the password i found within my router settings which i got to from i think that was it. not sure.

ps. are there any good websites i can go to to help me understand MAC filtering because i saw that option as well on my wireless router (at home) and i dont really know how to configure that appropriately.

pss. how do i configure the laptops and router with wpa2....and what firewwall options do i have ie: router, server, clients?

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October 22, 2010 at 17:23:12
Connecting by wire is more reliable, faster and more secure.

On a wireless router, you can get in trouble, because of some wireless network cards, that do not work with any wireless router as expected. Also all the wireless connected devices must share the bandwidth of your wireless router. BTW, I've never seen a wireless N router with 300 MBit/s, that really worked on that speed. Mostly you get 50 percent (150 MBit/s) and that has to be shared by 3 computers and 1 server. If there is a copy job running on one computer, mostly the rest has no access to the network until copy job has finished.
Server should always be connected by wire.
Also if there are electro-magnetic influences, your wireless network may not work or gets incredibly slow.
Walls and woodpanelling may couse your wireless network not to work on all places in your environment.

Router setup differs on what router you plan to use.
Cisco routers for business are more complicated in configuring.
In a such small network environment as you described, a SOHO router will do.

But I would suggest to use wired connection. Therefore, you can buy a small Gigabit switch, where all computers are connected to, and a router, that connects you to the internet.
I guess, all the computers you have, do already have a gigabit network card installed.

MAC address filtering:
It's normally just easy going. In the routers setup, the already connected computers are shown in a list with it's ip address, name and MAC address. You can pick up one to add it to the exception list. So no one has access to your network, except the computers in the list.
Here is an example on how to configure a Linksys Router with WPA2 and MAC address filtering.

The routers do have a build in firewall.

Every computer should also have installed antivirus software.
I prefer to also install a personal firewall on every computer in the network. Most of these firewalls includes an application firewall, where you can allow applications, to be started or to communicate with the internet or not.
If you first install the antivirus software and the firewall and then install the applications, you plan to use, the firewall can learn, which software is installed and should or should not communicate with the internet.

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