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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-09-10 05:43 PM
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Can you piggy-back a wireless router onto regular network router?
Have to maintain some computers for public use on a small network. Sometimes people come in with their own laptops and want wireless. I have to disengage one of the wired public computers and put their machines on the wire to accommodate them, and it's a bit of a nuisance.

I do not want wireless all the time, for reasons I won't go into here. But I would like to be able to accommodate the occasional laptop toting visitor. Can I get a wireless router and just piggy back it onto my regular router for such times as it might be helpful.

I don't want to have to tinker with the existing network. We do not have tech support within a hundred miles, nor does the budget provide the means of paying for any help. Your kind guidance is gratefully appreciated.

Yeah, I am a total Luddite, and blond to boot. Why do you ask? ;)
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EvolveOrConvolve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-09-10 07:25 PM
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1. A Wireless Access Point is probably your answer
They're easy to setup and can even operate with PoE (Power over Ethernet), which means they don't require a power source.

I recently setup the Cisco 4410 WAP, and it's worked fantastically.
http://www.amazon.com/Cisco-WAP4410N-Wireless-N-Access-...
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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-09-10 07:38 PM
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2. Can it be taken offline and put on as needed?
Don't need wireless often, just once in a while. Prefer something I can just pop out of the desk drawer and put into the regular router when needed. Months go by with no need for wireless.
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EvolveOrConvolve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-09-10 07:44 PM
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3. Sure
You can disconnect it from the router so that it has no network or internet connectivity, and only plug it in when needed.
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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-09-10 08:58 PM
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4. cool beans! Thanks for your help
May put that on my 'to get' list for work
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