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Spyderturbo007

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A friend of mine owns a dentist's office and asked me about guest wireless. I guess he wants to offer free WiFi to his clients while they are in the waiting room. Currently, his business doesn't use wireless, only wired. He told me he has a Linksys wireless router at his house he isn't using and wanted to see if that would work. He didn't give me the model number, so I can't pull up the manual.

I wanted to help him out by doing the installation, but I'm concerned about the security of the wireless network. I wanted to install it in such a way that the wireless clients don't have access to the LAN computers. I've read a couple things, but I'm unsure of which way to go.

One person said to connect the uplink port on Linksys wireless router to a LAN port on the switch. Then told me to enable DHCP on the Linksys and use a different range of IP addresses and a separate subnet than the current router is handling. So for example, if the LAN is 192.168.1.X and 255.255.255.0, use 10.1.10.X and 255.255.0.0. I was told that since I'm attached to a LAN port on the switch, there won't be any problems having 2 DHCP servers on the network. Is that correct, and will it work?

I've also read about VLAN's, but can't seem to find much information on them.

Oh, I almost forgot. The wireless will be used exclusively for guest access, as all of the employees use wired workstations.

Thanks for your help!

Edited by Spyderturbo007, 30 November 2009 - 11:31 AM.

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Might be me but the last time I sat in the dentist the last thing on my mind was whipping out a laptop and looking at email. I really don't think this is as good an idea as it sounds. You usually find public wi-fi points in spots where they may be useful, and I don't see a dentist's waiting room as being the place to go.

Just my two pence input...
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Yeah, I realize that, but if it's something he wants to do, and it's not costing him any money, what's the big deal?

Thanks for your help.
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