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    Extend network with router?

    Hi All
    I have a small query. A school has 8 desktops that are wired to the network and all can use the photocopier through the network. they bought 6 laptops and they want to connect to the photocopier by wireless. Is it possible to connect a win 7 laptops that is wireless to a printer that is connected to thenetwork by cat 5 cable. I have the drivers installed I did that by wire. Can I connect to photocopier via router. what would you suggest if this cannot be done baring in mind that the budget is now gone and finances are limited. Really enjoy your newsletter the paid version I feel is invaluable.

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    All you need is a wireless router.
    Connect the wireless router to the current network switch via a cable.
    Connect the laptops to the wireless router.

    There are, of course, a few crocodiles in this particular swamp. We would need more info on how your current network is setup to advise.
    Do you use a print server?
    Do you have the computers set to DHCP?
    Are all the laptops used in a relatively small area?

    cheers, Paul

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    router and printers network

    Thank you for quick reply.
    all laptops are connected to wireless router. Router is connected to a switch.
    your questions answered.
    1. no not using a printer server as of yet but if needed will probably have to get one but will try to avoid it if possible. Money is the issue and they have spent all of their funds.
    2. yes all set to DHCP.
    3. yes they are all together in a small area.

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    The problem you will have is the wireless router will act as a 2nd DHCP server for the network and the primary DHCP for the wireless.
    You need to turn off the DHCP server on the wireless router. You also need to use a switch port to connect to the existing network switch, not the WAN port.
    To turn off the DHCP server:
    1. Take the router off the network and connect a laptop to the router via a cable.
    2. Open a command prompt and type: ipconfig
    3. Look for the Default Gateway (often 192.168.0.1).
    4. Enter this IP address in a browser to connect to the router.
    5. Turn off the DHCP server and set a static address for the router that is valid for your existing network. Each router is different so you'll have to follow your nose.
    6. Now you can re-connect the router to your existing network and connect to it using the IP you assigned in step 5.
    7. Set the wireless security as required.

    cheers, Paul

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    Dougie.

    Did as you suggested your method seems to be working. No phone calls. Thank you for your invaluable help.

    Dougie.

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