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Creating an open wireless network separate from wired networ

by flogpro2252 / March 21, 2007 1:44 AM PDT

Looking for some help. I'm helping out a business that currently has a small LAN in place but would like to have a wireless network in place for people who hold meetings or conferences at their site. Ideally this wireless network would be open (so people can easily connect without having to enter WEP or WPA security information) but also separate from their wired network so there is no worry of anyone getting somewhere they shouldn't be. Is this something that is easily done with retail wireless networking gear ie: linksys wireless router or access point? Any help would be appreciated.

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Frankly? A very bad idea.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 21, 2007 1:51 AM PDT

While you could add a WAP (Wireless Access Point) and configure it to do that, you instantly broke some key security rules for most if not all businesses. You could be setting them up for yet any "Company ____ announced today that customer records have been leaked."

Your choice so go right ahead.

Bob

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by colbox98 / March 21, 2007 2:59 AM PDT

There are always risks you take on when you open up an unprotected wireless network (regardless if it is part of your regular network or not.) You can be held responsible for whatever happens on that link. I think setting up at least some minimal security would be worth while, if nothing else to prevent the average Joe sitting outside the building from leaching off your bandwidth.

But that is not your question. To answer your question, considering the information above, the best way to do this would be to add a second internet line to the business. And then you could use the second link with standard wireless equipment, and it is entirely separate from the LAN. If this is not an option, then you would want to "split" your internet connection before your firewall (I assume you have some kind of firewall/router between your LAN and the outside.)You do not want the wireless to have any access what so ever behind your firewall.

The specifics on how to implement this would depend on what type of equipment/connections you already have.

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