WRT54G, Windows 2000 AS and Bay Networks switch. How?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by SirKenin, Mar 16, 2006.

  1. SirKenin

    SirKenin Network Guru Member

    I have a Linux Smoothwall Firewall, Windows 2000 AS AD/DNS/DHCP server, Windows XP workstations, Windows XP laptop with wireless and a Bay Networks 16 port switch. I want to use the Linksys to allow my laptop to connect wirelessly to my network, but I can not get it to work. How do I incorporate it into my network so that I can connect my laptop and one of my workstations wirelessly?

  2. xrattiracer

    xrattiracer Network Guru Member

    run a cable from the switch to a lan port on the linksys, then configure the laptop and any other wireless clients to connect to it.
    youll want to make sure that dhcp is turned off on the linksys since it will conflict with the win2k server, and that the ip address assigned to the linksys isnt in use by another machine on the network.
  3. SirKenin

    SirKenin Network Guru Member

    ok, I tried that and it does not work. Once I try to get the laptop to grab an IP via the Linksys, it can not find the DHCP server. At least that is what it is telling me.

    Is there something I am doing wrong?
  4. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    Either you are doing something wrong, or I am missing your meaning here.

    You want to turn off DHCP on the Linksys. Nothing should ever be getting DHCP from the Linksys.

    1. Disconnect the Linksys from everything.
    2. Plug a single computer into one of the LAN ports (this is the very last time the Linksys will give you an IP address).
    3. Log into the Linksys and...
    3a. Set the "Local IP address" to something in your LAN that you can reserve (fixed IP address).
    3b. Turn OFF the DHCP server in the Linksys (the Linksys should never, ever hand out IP addresses.
    3c. Configure wireless on the Linksys as normal.
    3d. Set "Internet Type" to disable if it is available (doesn't really matter, you'll never plug anything into the WAN port anyway...)

    Power down the Linksys and plug a line from a Bay Net switch LAN port to a LAN port on the Linksys. Power up the Linksys. Your Linksys is now a "dumb switch" that happens to have Wireless, and all three remaining wired ports, and the Wireless, are on the same LAN as your Bay Net switch.

    To administer the Linksys any further, you would type in http://the_ip_address_you_set_above and log in as normal.

    The Linksys should never hand out IP addresses. Your clients, being on the LAN that your real DHCP server is on, will never ask the Linksys for anything. They will route through the Smoothwall and get DHCP from the W2K-AS machine.
  5. SirKenin

    SirKenin Network Guru Member

    Ok, I spent half an hour on the phone with Linksys. Apparently the unit is defective, as it is not acting as a switch. Oh well, I guess I have to send it back.
  6. SirKenin

    SirKenin Network Guru Member

    Thanks for the help. By the way, your website is generating an error in Internet Explorer 7 with every page that it opens. Stack overflow at line: 1331
  7. jgutz20

    jgutz20 Network Guru Member

    sounds like your buddy over in india was sick of trying to troubleshoot the problem and took the easy way out! anyway good luck in the future
  8. SirKenin

    SirKenin Network Guru Member

    When I try these steps, I get a time out error. The DHCP server could not be contacted. I try to access the AP after that and I get a page not found. I try to give the laptop a static IP and it is unable to ping any of the other computers in the network. I think it is toast. :cry:

  9. SirKenin

    SirKenin Network Guru Member

    I do not know. If we could get it working here, that would be awesome. I really do not feel like sending it back. I did upgrade to the latest firmware, for what it is worth.

  10. xrattiracer

    xrattiracer Network Guru Member

    I know this is simple, but are you absolutely sure that you have a link between the linksys and the switch? if no uplink port is available on the switch (or it doesnt auto detect), you will require a crossover ethernet cable.
  11. SirKenin

    SirKenin Network Guru Member

    Yeah, I tried both types of cables. Neither one worked. The F Dx and Activity light light up solid, but not the 10 or 100 lights. I think the router is rooked.

    I see that forum error was fixed. Good stuff.
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