file sharing over private LAN

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by bluewaterjp, Nov 30, 2006.

  1. bluewaterjp

    bluewaterjp LI Guru Member

    Hey. Sorry for the noob question here, but I'm getting weird errors when accessing forum articles using the search function. Could someone PM me, or post some instructions for settting up a Linksys router for file sharing on a private only network (no internet connection)? Like I said, I found an article, but I can't get to it.

    Here are the details:
    Friend's network
    Current wired setup: server<->switch<->clients (no internet). The switch is full and she'd like to add another comp, so she went out and bought a Linksys router (WRT54.., I assume), plugged the router into a second interface on the server (not sure if it's 2003 server or XP setup to share files), and wants to setup file/print sharing between a wireless client and the server - while maintaining the wired network. Basically, just add a wireless router to the network and allow file/print sharing over it.

    I'm not sure how dependent the router setup wizard is on having an available internet connection. Seems like the router setup docs assume a internet connection will be present. Do I just need to make sure the DHCP subnet formed by the router is different than the one used by the wired network? So, just power on the router, goto the admin page, fix the routers IP, and go (assuming the Windows machines are already setup to allow file/print sharing)?

  2. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    You got it, and I would advise that you stay away from the wizard.

    Bear in mind, as per your description "...plugged the router into a second interface on the server...", you'll most likely have a different subnet on the WRT from the other clients on the switch and the 1st NIC on the server.

    If you want all on the same subnet - which makes Windoze file sharing a bit easier/quicker - you'll have to wire the WRT to the switch. That's no problem, as you can go

    FROM ...switch--wired--SomeClient
    TO ...switch--wired--WRT--wired--SomeClient

    on the LAN ports of the WRT.

    Given this, you might have to connect a PC to the WRT stand-alone for starters, to get into the WRT so you can tune/configure it to be on the same subnet as the rest of the clients.
  3. bluewaterjp

    bluewaterjp LI Guru Member

    Cool. Thanks for the note. Yeah, I'm not sure if she needs the clients to be able to share with eachother, so I think it's going to be ok to use 2 subnets. I think she just wants the clients to be able to use the file server. Thanks again.

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