Set Up Wireless at our church

March 12, 2012 at 10:49:34
Specs: Windows 7
I am looking for an easy, yet cost efeective way to set up wireless for use at our church. Our church currently has internet coming from the Pastor's home next door to the church, he has a router in his home and has a cable ran between the house and the church (less than 100' apart). He then has a 4 port router in the church office. There are three desktop computers which use wired connections on the network. We are in the process of trying to work with be able to share our services with members over Skpe, which I attempted to do while my wife was ill and couldn't attend services. The sanctury is a large stone walled.

Any recommendations on a 8 port wireless router? or any other recommend ways? There is a wing that has Sunday School Classrooms also that they would like to have internet access. What would be the easiest do it yourself way to set up wireless throughout the church, which would need multiple routers I would imagine.

I am computer savy, not no network administrator anymore but still very familar.

Thanks in Advance for your help!

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March 12, 2012 at 12:26:16
You don't need any more routers. You need a switch in the church not a router. Get one with as many ports as you may need and replace the router with the switch.

If you want wireless at the church also you can turn the wifi router into a wifi switch.

You do this by doing the following;
write down what the main routers gateway ip [like]
You logon to the 2nd router and change its lan ip/gateway to so you can administer it later.
You turn off its dhcp server
You setup/configure the wireless portion of the router
You save the settings
You connect via one of the lan ports to the switch. You do NOT use the wan port.

wifi devices will get their ip from the main router and everything is on the same subnet for sharing/file access.

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March 12, 2012 at 12:30:28
I'd try to stay with wired connections. A wireless is subject to a bit more attacks in some cases. Dunno who may attempt it but some idiot would be tempted to hack into your wireless and use your ISP.

It takes some work to make a secure wireless. If you never change the keys the process of hacking it is easier.

Some cheap fiberoptic or even powerline connections may work.

Running a cat 5 outside may present some safety or code issues.

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March 12, 2012 at 13:04:35 would think a church would have enough money to spend on a wireless instead of tapping in from next door. I know Comcast and Rogers cable companies frown on such activities....just a thought.....

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