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is it possable to use a wireless router as a switch?

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by ptluzzi, Aug 12, 2006.

  1. ptluzzi

    ptluzzi LI Guru Member

    I have 3 comps and 2 nics in all 3. 1 of them in each go to a switch to connect to the internet and the other for my home network. 2 of the comps are hard wired but the 3rd is using a wireless card. seems the one with the wireless card cant see the other 2 but the other 2 can see the wireless one.
    Will what im doing work? what settign am i missing on the wireless one?
    i turned off dhcp in the router and set static ips on the 2 hard wired comps.
  2. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    How does your wireless card get an IP address if there's no DHCP server, and you have not set a static IP on the wireless card? Does it have an IP like 169.254.x.x? If so, it's using the "I don't know what my IP address should be" IP address.
  3. ptluzzi

    ptluzzi LI Guru Member

    i set it static.
  4. jgutz20

    jgutz20 Network Guru Member

    how are you trying to browse the network? network neighborhood? or by IP address? are all of the PC's in the same workgroup?
  5. ptluzzi

    ptluzzi LI Guru Member

    all comps are on same network and useing NN to browse
    seems the hard wired comps can talk with the wireless but the wireless cant connect to the hardwired ones.
    the wireless gets a signal from the router but can access the routers settings or other comps.
  6. jgutz20

    jgutz20 Network Guru Member

    try pinging the IP's of the wired computers from the wireless, if you arent able to ping them your wasting your time trying to troubleshoot. also try to ping their computer names since you are using Network Places. Can the wired computers file transfer between eachother? Any reason you want to set your wireless NIC ip static? if its giving you a limited or no connectivity error theres probably something that needs to be addressed.

    Back the the multiple NICs, why is there one for internet and one for LAN? thats the whole point of NAT and a router. you probably have multiple gateways set on the PC's which is causing some confusion for the network cards

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