New user of wireless clueless

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by dang26, Jan 16, 2006.

  1. dang26

    dang26 Guest

    Am way new to wireless and clueless. I have the WRT54G and was able to connect to my DeskTop and got one laptop operating as wireless but I don't have a clue if I can setup a second laptop as wireless with the one router. Help please?
  2. Drew34

    Drew34 Network Guru Member

    Yep you should be able to.

    Basically as long as you use all the same settings on your second laptop as your first, you shouldn't have a problem.....
    As long as;
    1) Your using DHCP to gain an IP from your router (if not use a static IP one value above your first laptop's IP.
    e.g. Laptop 1 = (IP address of laptop 1) (subnet mask for network) (gateway - usually the IP of your router - not always necessary)
    Laptop 2 =

    2) Your router has no filtering functions turned on for wireless;
    e.g. MAC address filtering
    IP filtering

    All else should be the same;
    ESS-ID (SS-ID) - Wireless network name
    Security settings; e.g. WEP/WPA/authentication.

    Hope this helps,
    Drew. :thumb:
  3. RonWessels

    RonWessels Network Guru Member

    To get a little bit more basic, since this is perhaps the question you were asking:

    Yes, your router is acting as an "Access Point" (AP). An access point is a one-to-many connection, so you can have several laptops connected wirelessly to your (one) router.

    As Drew points out above, each item on your network must have a unique IP address. Typically, this will be handled by a protocol called "DHCP", which shows up on your laptop as "Obtain an IP address automatically". As configured out-of-the-box, your router will allocate up to 50 such devices, although you can change that number in the router configuration. You will be limited to 254 devices because of the nature of the addresses used by the router. Of course, if you need more than that, you are using the wrong piece of hardware anyway.
  4. jgutz20

    jgutz20 Network Guru Member

    like they both said you can have many devices on there, did you want or need file and/or printer sharing?
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