Any networking gurus out there? Help!

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by nina, Aug 23, 2004.

  1. macrumors member

    May 27, 2004
    Hello, all!

    I'm trying to set up my network to include my brand new 12" rev. C Powerbook, but I'm racking my brain trying to figure out how to do it right. Maybe you guys can help!

    Currently, I have a cable modem connected to a wired, DHCP-enabled D-Link 4-port router. Of these 4 ports, 3 are currently connected to computers. I was thinking of connecting the final free port to my new Netgear wireless G router. Basically, I want to add 2 wireless laptops to my network - I'd like them to be on the same subnet, so they can access shares on the 3 wired computers, as well as access the internet.

    Is this possible? I've read that I should disable DHCP on the wireless router, give it a different default IP, and connect it to the wired router via a LAN port, not a WAN port. What I'm wondering is will this setup allow me to have 5 computers connected to the 4-port router? Will the DHCP on the wired router simply keep assigning IPs?

    Thanks a bunch! My main reason for doing things this way is that I'd like to be able to simply yank the network cable to the new wireless router when I'm not around - that way, I don't have to worry about security. When I'm home and I want to get online fast, all I have to do is plug in the network cable.

    What do you guys think?
  2. macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2004
    Yes, the way you described is the correct way, and your router will give more than 4 IPs.

    Cable Modem -> Router -> Wireless AP (set to access point mode, not setup as a router) -> wireless clients.

    Lee Tom
  3. emw
    macrumors G4


    Aug 2, 2004
    Re: security... Even though you plan on pulling the connection when you're not around, you should probably still consider some basic security options for your wireless LAN for when you are around:

    1. Disable broadcasting the SSID (more difficult to find the router)

    2. Enable MAC address filters so that only your equipment can connect

    3. Set up a strong password

    This way you can feel comfortable while you're surfing as well.
  4. thread starter macrumors member

    May 27, 2004
    1. Check!
    2. Check!
    3. Check!

    + 4. I set up WPA on the router as well. Just to be extra safe! :p
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 19, 2003
    This is a bit bizzare as just yesterday we set up a wireless network here.

    We were going to do this>

    cable modem > linksys router > linksys wireless > wireless clients

    but we gave up trying to make room in that area for 2 routers so we just decided to use the linksys wireless as our main router. MAC addres filtering is probably one of the greatest things that wus to A/C that is.

    Anyways good luck with your network
  6. thread starter macrumors member

    May 27, 2004
    I was thinking about doing this originally, but then I read about how easily a MAC address can be spoofed.

    Also, like I said before, this setup allows me to simply yank the connection to the wireless segment of my network when I'm not around. If I wanted to kill my wireless with my network on a single wired/wireless router, I'd have to reboot the router every time I wanted to disable/enable wireless, which would be a major pain.

    Yanking the network connection is a simple, primitive security measure, but at least I'm sure it's 100% secure!
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 19, 2003
    This is especially true on windows. Last i looked on a windows xp machine somewhere it had a field where u can enter a custom MAC address into the field and it will cause the router to think that custom one is the actuall MAC address.

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