Lan w/ switch need to add wireless

May 5, 2009 at 10:57:19
Specs: Windows XP
I have a 16 port switch for our Lan and I want to add wireless access. The main purpose is to provide wireless internet access, but there are a few laptops that need to have access to secure data within the network. What is the best way to accomplish this task?

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#1
May 5, 2009 at 12:40:59
Is this wireless network to be used by employees only?

If yes, then it's fairly simple. Buy a wireless access point (AP), plug it into your switch, configure it, setup security (WPA encryption etc) and setup all laptops with the correct key so they can connect.

If you want to setup a public wifi, then it becomes more convoluted as you need to keep the general public out of private data while allowing employees access.

Before starting, be sure to do research on the security issues of wireless and figure out your game plan ahead of before you're ready to deploy.


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#2
May 5, 2009 at 13:08:03
Yes, the wifi will be accessed by employees only. The main goal is to provide wireless internet access, but there are 2 laptops that will need to have server data access. Is there a way to limit server access to those 2 laptops or am I getting out of the easy setup arena.

Also can I use a router (like linksys WRT400N) as a simple wireless access point?


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#3
May 5, 2009 at 13:12:36
Is there a way to limit server access to those 2 laptops or am I getting out of the easy setup arena.

If you want to limit, or allow access using the wireless, then you're definitely out of the easy arena.

It's worth noting, access like this is normally controlled through user/group accounts and the ACL's on shares on the actual server. Which is to say, if you don't wish a certain user to access a certain share, you don't add their user account, or any groups they have membership in, to the ACL for that share. Alternatively, you could use an explicit "deny" permission on that share but those have a way of biting your behind later on in life so it's better to restrict by ensuring the user has no access.


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#4
May 5, 2009 at 13:50:35
Yes you can use your wireless router as an access point. Like this diagram

http://kbserver.netgear.com/kb_web_...


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#5
May 5, 2009 at 14:03:08
excellent, thank you for the valuable information, I think I have a good idea on how to proceed.

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