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Chapter 5. Configuring Wireless Access Points > Case Study: The Office Network

5.3. Case Study: The Office Network

Your office might have a router that allows your computers to access the network and Internet. You would most likely be using DHCP to obtain IP addresses for all the computers. (If your office doesn't have any of this, perhaps you are starting from scratch — in that case, your office will resemble a home network in that your wireless access point is your first foray into networking.) In this section, I discuss the issues involved with adding a wireless network to an office environment using the D-Link DI-714P+ Wireless Access Point as an example.

Sidebar 3. Rogue Access Points

Be sure to check with your administrator before you connect your access point to your network switch. End users who deploy wireless networks without the permission of the administrator pose a security risk, since wireless networks are generally not adequately protected. These unauthorized access points are known as rogue access points.

Also, do not connect an access point to a hub; connect it to a switch instead. Hubs are broadcast devices, and so all the packets received by a port in a hub will be broadcast to the wireless segment if an access point is connected to a hub.



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