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My current home network is like this
I have a router and 4 computers are connected to it with normal cat5 cables.
One of them is a laptop and i was thinking of getting a wireless router and have it connected it with my first router with a cat5 cable. The router will only give access to the laptop and the other 3 computers must remain wired .
If you're only going to have 1 wireless machine (the laptop) then you may even be able to get away without a WAP. You could install a PCI WLAN card into any of the other machines and set up an 'ad hoc' network between the laptop and that machine. You would have to configure the PC to act as a bridge (or router, depending on your needs) and that'd give your laptop wireless access to the LAN (and Internet) too. The downsides to this are: the PC would have to be running the whole time you would want WLAN access; and it would get really messy if you started adding other WLAN devices. However, if you know you won't ever need more devices accessing your LAN through wireless, then it may well work out cheaper (discounting electricity bills).
I would still seriously advocate a WAP. It just makes things much easier.
Effectively a WAP works much like a SWITCH, but instead of having wires in all of its ports, it has 1 wired and 1 wireless. (Well, technically it is more like a bridge then, but people tend not to use bridges any more...)
yeah thats right, it should work but easier to configure is to install a WAP to your lan. But it is much more expensive so the cheap way would be to build up a bridge as described. You just need to know how to configure this and the bridge needs to run all the time you use the Wlan....
Originally posted by david_ross To complete the initial configuration, set your laptop's wired card to 192.168.1.2/255.255.255.0 and connect the 2 with a network cable. Then you should be able to access the web interface.
how do i do that?
tell me in step by step please
you mean to just plug a cat5 cable to the asus ap and the other end where? to my laptop's ethernet port...?