Wired print server to wireless network?

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by Dazureus, Jan 15, 2005.

  1. Dazureus

    Dazureus Network Guru Member

    I have my cable modem and wap54G in my basement with all computers on the first floor of my house. When my network was wired, I was using a linksys EFSP42 with great success, but I'm trying to find a way to integrate it into the new network. Since none of the wireless print servers on the market support WPA, would it be possible to hook an AP to the wired print server to connect to the WAP54G? Or, in another configuration, would it be possible to wire an AP to the WAP54G and set the security to WEP and use a print server that suppports WEP? Would this put the print server on a different LAN segment and cause problems? I'm a little new to all this so please bear with me.
  2. TazUk

    TazUk Network Guru Member

    A wireless bridge such as the Linksys WET54G or WET11 should do the trick :)
  3. Dazureus

    Dazureus Network Guru Member

    Thanks for the reply. I see that the WET54GS5 supports WEP only. Since my computers and WRT54G are set at WPA, would a WAP54G wired to the WRT54G and set to WEP link the wireless bridge and wired print server to the network? If so, is this any different from usig a wireless print server with WEP encryption and the AP wired to the router as described above?
  4. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    The WET54GS5 supports WPA-PSK according to the user manual page 22 for the setup wizard and page 34 for the Web based setup. For the WET54G WPA was added in firmware version 2.08 and there was a fix for loss of connection for WPA in version 2.10. The WAP54G does not support WPA-PSK in bridge or repeater mode. You can use a WRT54G or a WRT54GS has a bridge with third party software and connect your printserver to it. I understand it it works with WPA-PSK. See sthe Satori forum.
  5. Dazureus

    Dazureus Network Guru Member

    I'm using my WRT54G in the basement, so I can't hook the print server to it with the computers up stairs for the sake of convenience. I think I'll try the WET54GS though. That does seem to be the answer for now. Thanks for all the help.
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