View Full Version : Help me configure a wireless router with a dialup conection

03-05-2005, 05:25 AM
I'm buying a wireless router plus a wireless pcmcia card for my laptop so I can use the internet around the house. I already have a hardwired ethernet set up with a 5 port SMC 10/100 switch with 3 machines plus my Xbox on it, one running internet connection sharing under WinXP pro, my main PC and my brother's PC across the road. Is there a way I can plug the wireless router into the switch and have it so I can use the laptop to access the internet, or do I have to do something else?

03-13-2005, 05:06 PM
There shouldn't be any problem. You'll be using the router simply as a wireless access point (WAP) by the sound of it (ie if you're planning simply to tap into the existing ICS setup). Presumably your ICS Machine runs DHCP, so will set an IP address on laptop.

You'll just have to consider the security aspects of running a wireless link to the laptop. Where possible, you should:

01. Change username and password for configuration of WAP from the default settings

02. Restrict WAP configuration changes to wired link only

03. Allow only the MAC address of your PCMCIA card to access the WAP

04. Use encrypted transmissions (highest possible strength, same type and keys)

05. Disable broadcast of SSID from WAP