OT: wireless access solutions

Brian Lanning brianlanning at gmail.com
Fri Sep 24 13:10:18 CDT 2010


It appears as though my wireless router hub thingy has died.  I need a
new one.  But here's the thing.  I wan't to setup a smoothwall machine
using some old hardware I have around.  And since I'll have this, I
don't need (or want) the router feature that's seems to be supplied
with all these consumer grade wireless access points.

What I really want is a wireless access point that simply puts
everyone on the wired network, if that's possible.  Ideally, I'd like
to handle DHCP through the smoothwall box, although I'm willing to do
static IP on the wireless devices if i need to.

Worst case, I guess I could just continue the way I always have,
having the wireless access point handle DHCP for the wireless devices
and turning off the firewall features so that everything passes
through.

Of course, maybe I want that extra layer of security since WEP is so
bad.  But I know there's new wireless security standards tor replace
WEP.

Can I get away with just a wireless network board in the smoothwall
machine and use that as the access point?  I suspect range would
suffer.

As you can tell, I'm not up on any of this.  I know enough to assemble
a network that works.  But network design and security isn't my thing.

brian



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