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tnt

join:2003-03-10

Configuring Wireless Access Point???

Devices:

Westell 2100 modem
Gigafast EZ500-S 5 Port Switch (Auto detects uplink on each port)
BenQ AWL500 Wireless AP
Benq AWL300 Wireless LAN USB Adapter

Plan is to Hook the modem, one PC, and the AP to the switch via CAT5. The other PC will connect to the AP via the USB adapter.

In the manual for the AP it says I can set it to fixed IP and assign an IP address or set it to DCHP so it will get one automatically from the DHCP server. Which should I use and if fixed IP what would be a good address and subnet to use??

Thanks



all_indica
Life Sucks

join:2003-03-24
Myrtle Beach, SC

just configure it to use DHCP. you will have to do an ip passthru on the westell in order for it to work effectively. after doing the passthru and setting the AP to DHCP then everything should work with no problems. i would also set the modem to an "always on" connection type. try that and let us know something.
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WestellKindaGuy

@bellsouth.net
reply to tnt

It sounds like your Wireless AP is actually a wireless router since it is doing DHCP. I would completely disable the DHCP function in the AWL500 and use it only as a wireless bridge and let the Westell do all the DHCP functions. You can then other set up the wireless NICs to "obtain IP address automatically" (which is what I would recommend) or you can hard set them anywhere in the 192.168.1.1-192.168.1.253 IP range. You would have less hassles and worries if you just left all PCs set to obtain automatically. »AT&T Southeast Forum FAQ »How do I setup a Westell with a Wireless Access Point?



WestellKindaGuy

@bellsouth.net
reply to all_indica

Said by all_indica:
"just configure it to use DHCP. you will have to do an ip passthru on the westell in order for it to work effectively. after doing the passthru and setting the AP to DHCP then everything should work with no problems."

That will not work. He is using a switch between the Westell and WAP. I do agree that you should set your Westell to "Always On" »AT&T Southeast Forum FAQ »How do I set the Westell modem to an Always On Connection?.



all_indica
Life Sucks

join:2003-03-24
Myrtle Beach, SC


[QUOTE=WestellKindaGuyThat will not work. He is using a switch between the Westell and WAP. [/QUOTE]

so there are three pieces of hardware in this setup?
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WestellKindaGuy

@bellsouth.net
reply to tnt

That's what I got from his post:
modem to switch, one port off switch to his WAP, one port off switch to another PC.


tnt

join:2003-03-10
reply to tnt

There will be three pieces of hardware hooked to the switch.

Westell modem. 1 PC. 1 WAP.

My question is that the WAP manual indicates if I set it to DHCP it will get the IP automatically from the DHCP server.

I know the Westell Modem is a router. I am new to this so does that mean it is a DHCP server? Is the Westell 2100 configured by default to be a router or do I have to change something?


dave006

join:1999-12-26
Boca Raton, FL

I would suggest the following:

Configure the Westell as described in this FAQ »AT&T Southeast Forum FAQ »How do I set up a Westell to work with a hub or switch. and I would suggest you set it to "Always On" as referenced at the bottom of the FAQ. The Westell is a router and provides a DHCP server for your network unless you disable it.

Leave the AWL500 configured to it's default:
192.168.1.1 I/P
255.255.255.0 Netmask
192.681.1.254 Default Gateway (Westell 2100)

This will allow you to reach the WAP web interface to manage it at an address that will not change. For the other posters: the AWL500 is not a router it is only an Access Point (AP).

Configure each PC to "Obtain IP Address Automatically", they will receive a dynamic IP address from the Westell.

Good luck and let us know how you make out.

Dave



heels_fan
1.20.09 The start of Socialism
Premium
join:2003-02-07
Columbia, TN
kudos:1
reply to tnt

Let the westell 2100 do your DHCP and PPPoE functions. Make sure you Wireless Ap is set in access point mode. Plug your modem into one of the lan ports not the Wan port. You will have access to the modem and all of its function like this.
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tnt

join:2003-03-10
reply to dave006

Dave006 - I will give it a try tomorrow.

Thanks to all who posted.