|At the moment, we have a pretty odd network in order to share one wired internet connection. We needed to share this connection wirelessly to a number of laptops and be able to keep that one wired connection. Here's what we could cobble together:|
Internet connection (10.xx.xx.xx)
Wired router (192.168.0.1)
|-----> Wired connection (192.168.0.xx)
Wireless Access Point (192.168.0.245)
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Various laptops (192.168.0.xx)
The reason we have it set up like this is because the wired connection in one room and have access point put elsewhere to give everyone wireless access.
The access point is set up to work on the B/G band and is secured by WPA. The wired router is manually configured with a specific MAC address and a static IP (this is needed to get online) but everything else is pretty much default. The router deals with the DHCP is able to keep track of all the wired and wireless users.
This worked for a while but then odd problems started cropping up when connecting wirelessly. They would have problems staying connected for any period of time (anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour). After being kicked off, they may or may not be able to get back on.
I tested this out today and tried to keep three laptops online. The results were varied. I was able to keep mine online with only one disconnect. One I was able to keep online for an hour at a time before having to completely restart the machine. The third one I couldn't keep online for longer than five minutes.
However, my laptop was running Wireshark to see what was going on. I was using the second one to surf and look up things. The third one I really couldn't get running (it's old and has a lot running in the background).
Also, some of the guys were telling me that they were getting kicked off frequently as well and they are right by the access point. The three I tested were pretty far off but still within range of the access point.
I've been putzing around with this all day but had little success. I ended up having to reset the wired router and I heard that this fixed things for a little bit (for a few hours). But now I'm at my wits end.
Any thoughts? Keep in mind that this is not a home setup so I don't have the equipment in front of me.