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Topic # 84914 10-Jun-2011 15:41
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Does anyone know if a wireless modem router not connected to the Internet will allow wireless users to connect and see other wired or wireless users shared files or printers and users on another daisy-chained hub? Users would need to obtain an IP address automatically from the Router.

Am setting up a wireless network for a not-for-profit cadets group. They do not currently have internet access but may in future. A cheap solution to allow their internal users to share printers and files would be to buy an ADSL2+ wireless modem router which also has 4 wired ports.

Wireless and wired users need to see each other and share resources while the device is not connected to the outside world through its WAN port. When Internet access is arranged in future it would then need to allow selected users only internet access by e.g. MAC address and at preselected times only.

Can you recommend an affordable device that allows this? This would seem more sensible (and cheaper) than buying a wireless hub which has no option for future Internet access.

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  Reply # 479765 10-Jun-2011 15:56
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Yes, it'll work as a DCHP server, switch, and WAP, and the switch/WAP bits will be connected to each other.

I can't recommend a specific device though.

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  Reply # 480807 13-Jun-2011 23:22
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Any old wireless router, as long as it doesnt have vlan isolation on the wireless (only advanced modems have this capability) will just act like a normal access point and join the wireless and wired networks as one.

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  Reply # 481174 14-Jun-2011 20:17
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Thanks guys I feel more confident this will work okay now.

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