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WAP Question...

#1
I currently have a router/4 port switch (Linksys BEFSR41) and all the ports are filled. Now, I want to get an 802.11g WAP with 4 more CAT5 ports, but the only one I can find also has a router. I will be using the uplink port on my existing router/switch, but I don't want to use the router capability on the WAP/switch.

I figured for best compatibility, I should use the same brand. So, I read some of the online documentation on the Linksys site, but can't find anything that says if I can bypass the router function of the WAP/switch and just use it as a switch/WAP. Has anyone done something similar to this successfully?

I know I could just get rid of the existing router/4 port switch and just get an 8port switch/router/WAP, but it's too much $$$ and I'd be wasting my existing hardware.
 
#2
im sure you already checked the "FAQ" on the Linksys website, but try e-mailing them, or joining their forum if they have one. I'm sure you could disable it, you should always be able to disable something like that. But im not 100% sure. Try disabling it on the one you have, and if you can, you'll know you can do it.

Laytro
 

Admiral Michael

Michaelsoft Systems CEO
#3
I have the excat setup you are describing and have had zero problems. Just don't use the WAN port. I have a Linksys BEFW11S4 uplinked to a BEFSR41. (Main port on the BEFSR41 and uplink on the BEFW11S4) The BEFW11S4 now acts as a switch/WAP.

Oh, connect the BEFW11S4 to one computer FIRST, go into the setup and chage the LAN IP Address to something like 192.168.1.2. That way the ips don't conflict.
 
#4
Originally posted by Admiral Michael
I have the excat setup you are describing and have had zero problems. Just don't use the WAN port. I have a Linksys BEFW11S4 uplinked to a BEFSR41. (Main port on the BEFSR41 and uplink on the BEFW11S4) The BEFW11S4 now acts as a switch/WAP.

Oh, connect the BEFW11S4 to one computer FIRST, go into the setup and chage the LAN IP Address to something like 192.168.1.2. That way the ips don't conflict.
Thanks! That was exactly the type of response I was hoping for! Just one more question: Did you have to set the IP on the WAP, or did you just do it in case the IP's would conflict? Just curious because I would think the original router would act as the DHCP server and assign the other switch (the WAP) an IP address automatically.
 
#6
Before I go on, I would just like to say sorry for posting this topic here. I could have sworn there wasn't a "Networking" section, but I just saw it. I don't think it was where it used to be. Maybe a Mod should move this thread to the right location??

Anyway...

That makes sense Admiral. So, when I get it, I will hook only one PC to it and set the switch's IP to 192.169.1.2, and then hook everything up together.

Also, while looking around for LinkSys WAP prices, I found some deals on some other brands. Is it advisable to stick to the same brand for Networking equipment, or is that just marketing hype? After all, I've got about a bazillion different components in my PC from different manufacturers working harmoniously together. If there is any question about compatibility, I will just play it safe and get the LinkSys parts.
 

Admiral Michael

Michaelsoft Systems CEO
#7
I prefer Linksys.

Also, I read sone bad reviews on the DLinks. Friend has a network everywhere wireless router and he returned it, said it as a POS.

Besides, stick to what you like and know. Why have to learn two different setup pages. I haven't regretted buying my woreles router yet, works like a charm.
 

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