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Hey all,

I've been reading a lot of information on network and have this forum to thank for a lot of my knowledge.

That said, I think what I'm trying to do now is a little over my head. I'll hope to describe all of this clearly. Here goes.

I currently have 1 laptop (seldom used), 1 PC desktop (wife's), and 1 iMac (mine) that all on a 801.11g network connecting to the internet and each other.

I just purchased a D-Link DNS-323 to serve as a file server/backup. I want to network it via gigabit connection to my desktops. I also want it to be able to connect wirelessly to the internet and to my laptop. I would still like to connect to the internet wirelessly with all of the computers.

To to this, I bought a D-Link DAP-1522 Wireless AP/Bridge with gigabit switch.

1. Is the DAP-1522 the right tool for the job?

2. If yes, then will it work in AP or bridge mode? I think I'd want to use it in bridge mode since I'd want the DNS-323 to grab an IP address from my router.

3. Can I limit the desktops to be connected with the DNS-323 via a wired connection with the DAP-1522 only, and only connect to the internet via wireless? I see that the DAP-1522 has a WLAN partition - would it be used for this?

4. How would the laptop fit into all of this?

5. Any other pitfalls that I'm not thinking of?

I've attached a diagram of what I would want the completed network to look like.

Thanks for your help!


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You would use DAP as Wireless Client Bridge so what that means is it will make all wired devices become wireless. DAP is 100% wireless it doesn't need to be connected to a router via a wired Ethernet cable. Your setup looks great you shouldn't have any problems. Just make sure your DAP has a static IP address, not DHCP.

Wireless router is your DHCP Server
DAP is your Wireless Client Bridge with a Static IP

If you want you can add another Linksys and use it as AP but that would connect with a LAN cable to the DAP and you would give that AP a static IP also. I've done this myself it does work very well.

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