network setup, wireless printing inside a wired network

November 20, 2012 at 09:11:24
Specs: Windows 7, P4- 2.8 ghz 1 gb
I am trying to setup a wired and wireless network at a new small business.

The problem I am facing is that some of the End Users are using a local printer that is wireless capable and they want their printer setup as wireless.

The setup currently is:
ISP is providing a static IP into the building to a Sonicwall firewall device
The Sonicwall firewall is distributing IP's as dhcp to a 48 port network switch
The Sonicwall is setup to distribute as xxx.xxx.40.2 to xxx.xxx.40.254
The sonicwall is setup to have the xxx.xxx.40.1 address

We have an MFP and it is setup to a static IP of xxx.xxx.40.250


So, I think I will need a wireless access point.

I have a Netgear device, but I am not sure of some things.
I think the Netgear has to be inside the 40 subnet so that I can setup the End User to use their wireless printers (????)

Does the netgear wireless device plug into the 48 port switch or into the Sonicwall?

Do I configure the netgear with a static ip of xxx.xxx.40.xxx, like xxx.xxx.40.2??

Does the netgear then also act as a dhcp device and also give out xxx.xxx.40.xxx to xxx? (do both devices hand out IP's on the 40 subnet?)

All of the computers on the network are hard wired into the 48 port switch.

Hope this makes sense.
Hope to for some help.

Thank you


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#1
November 20, 2012 at 09:53:26
Does the netgear wireless device plug into the 48 port switch or into the Sonicwall?
Plug the Netgear device into the 48 port switch.

Do I configure the netgear with a static ip of xxx.xxx.40.xxx, like xxx.xxx.40.2??
Yes, every device, that provides any service for others, should be configured with a static ip address.

Does the netgear then also act as a dhcp device and also give out xxx.xxx.40.xxx to xxx? (do both devices hand out IP's on the 40 subnet?)
By default it does, but you must disable the DHCP server functionality in the Netgear device, otherwise, you have 2 DHCP servers in the same subnet for the same subnet. That doesn't make sense and causes big problems in your network.

Hope that helps.


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#2
November 20, 2012 at 09:58:18
The Sonicwall is setup to distribute as xxx.xxx.40.2 to xxx.xxx.40.254

if assigning xxx.xxx.40.2 to the AP you will need to change the dhcp scope to not include that ip or you will cause a conflict.

If that printer is a network printer it should be wired to the network not accessed via wifi since wifi will be much slower and more prone to errors. Users can still access via the wifi AP or wired connection.

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#3
November 20, 2012 at 09:58:34
thank you for your answers... they have helped greatly.

still some questions though

so if I disable dhcp on the netgear, how do I setup wireless printing then??
does the wireless printer not need a connection and IP from the netgear??

how does my computer, or my End Users computer, that is hard wired plugged onto the network connect to a local wireless printer??


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#4
November 20, 2012 at 10:40:35
The printer needs a static ip address of the same subnet.
When the wireless printer is setup and configured, to connect to the wireless netgear, everyone in the same subnet can access the printer.
Doesn't matter whether it's connected wired or wireless. Wireless is just another medium for network connections. Just like an invisible cable.

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#5
November 20, 2012 at 11:16:56
The AP will pass thru [may need to set in bridge mode] dhcp ips from the sonicwall.

You should change the dhcp scope to 40.11 to .40.254 so you have some ips to assign statically. You need at least two now 1. AP 1. Printer.

Or you may need to have the AP do a scope of .40.220 to 40.254 if it can't be bridged and do .40.11 to .40.119 in the sonicwall.

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#6
November 20, 2012 at 20:48:02
You can simply connect the netgear wireless router from a lan port to the switch.

There is no need, to use it's wan port, to connect to the switch.


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