|I have a family member who is looking to switch from AT&T DSL to Comcast HSI for their home. They currently have a 2Wire 4-port wireless router that was supplied to them from AT&T. While it has 4 LAN ports, they are connecting their laptop to it via its wireless option. All is working good.|
Now, if they switch from AT&T to Comcast, I was hoping they could simply use this 2wire router as part of their home network. have it as the wireless access point like it is functioning now.
I have done something similar with my own home network. I took an old AT&T supplied router gateway (NETOPIA brand) and converted it to an AP/4-port switch for my network. Basically, I disabled its DHCP and assigned it a fixed IP address for my network like 192.168.1.20. I was hoping I could do the same thing for my family member. Is this feasible?
The only thing I'm wondering about is that they wouldn't have a regular router hooked up to the cable modem like I have. My personal home setup is like this:
cable modem--->NETGEAR WPN824 router--->NETOPIA converted switch/AP--->PC
My family member's would be like this:
cable modem--->2Wire converted switch/AP--->PC
Is this doable? I'm thinking in order to accomplish this though, I would need to not only disable DHCP and assigned a fixed IP address for the converted 2wire gateway, I would also have to give the laptop it's own IP address of some kind (192.168.1.3) since there is nothing assigning it one. I know how to do this, but is this all that is needed?