Not to try to confuse anyone with the stated question. I'm not exactly sure how to word it. The way I have my house setup is that I have my modem and dual band wifi router in an office connected to two desktops via wired. My bedroom I have two more desktops and both have pci wireless cards. One of them has a linksys dual bands card. I'm wanting to set up a smaller network but with just a switch in my room from my main tower to my sudo file server I've got going but I don't need my network to see it.
This is were it may get tricky.
I have a gigabit 5 port switch with cat6 cables. I'm wanting to connect the two desktops and/or a laptop if needed all hardwired to transfer data. I've thought about doing it over wifi but the amount of data compared to real world performance lead me to wanting to run a switch. I still want to have my desktop use its wifi to the wireless router but I want some form of internal system that I can connect using wired for higher transfer rate. Will it look like any other network if I just plugged things in? Do I need to set something up? Is it possible to keep my current IP with my wifi and the switch?
I've heard of bridging two wifi routers together but I don't want this network seen with my other network. I do not want to run a loooong wire from each unit to the office. I want this set up completely separate. One of the units only needs to access internet via for updating since it's running Linux.
asked Aug 26 '11 at 19:35
What OS are you running. For this I am going to assume that you are running Windows 7. And other Widnows OS should be similar.
Now what should happen is as long as the main computer is on and connected to the internet the rest of the computer will be able to access the internet. Also, your main computer is acting as a DHCP server assigning IPs.
The other way you could do this is to get another router install DD-WRT on it. And make a Wireless Bridge. where the router connects wirelessly to the main router and then the port on the DD-WRT router act as a extension. This was any computer wired to that router can see every computer and the ones wired to the same box find the fastest connection. This is what I do for one of my old computer in part of my house.
answered Aug 26 '11 at 23:24
For the second network you need something to be your router but I think that one of the computers can take this role. This is due to the fact that a switch is not a router they work on different networking levels(level 3 is the router, level 2 is the switch) so you actually need something to be your router for the second network.
answered Aug 26 '11 at 22:54