Nerius Landys wrote:
Thank you all for your suggestions.  This will be a project for me
over the holidays.  I decided to go the standalone wireless router
Good man!
I will need to figure out how to configure my standalone
wireless router to "pass everything through" to the internal LAN that
I already have.
It's called "Bridge mode" on most APs-- it does exactly what you describe. Just make sure things like "DHCP server" are turned off or you'll see some... odd breakages.
Also I don't know too much about security, like how
to prevent eavesdroppers from connecting to my internal network.  One
of you mentioned access lists, and I assume that means I tell the
wireless router which MAC addresses it accepts, and nothing else.
Ugh. MAC addresses are trivial to spoof-- I usually don't bother with using them for security, although I do use 'em to ensure that particular machines always inherit particular addresses.

Is there any other way to provide security?  Like a password-protected
network?  What are the buzzwords for these security schemes?  Which
security scheme do you recommend for preventing random people within
proximity from connecting to my internal netowrk?

Absolutely. Google for WPA or WPA2; WEP has been broken and is trivial to bruteforce, so I'd not bother with that.

Once you get the unit in, feel free to email me off list for configuration questions; it sounds like a fun project!

-- CJC
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