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Linksys AP's need remotely configured

jameshodge
I have been asked to take on the responsibility of disabling the SSID broadcast of the Linksys Wireless Access Points at about 80 sites. We have remote access to each site and I was wondering if there is a way to access the AP's without having to physically be there?

We have a 10. network and I obvisouly need to be on the 192. network at the same time to access the APs. Can a NIC be configured to use two IPs at the same time?
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    TechExec2

    It sounds like you will need to be physically connected to each LAN at each of the 80 physical sites to change the SSID broadcast setting. But, I'll ask some questions to clarify your situation before I answer:

    1. You have 80 physical sites?

    2. Each physical site has a router with a 10.X.X.X address and a 192.168.X.X local private network?

    3. What are the models of the Linksys WAPs? Example: WAP11, WAP54G.

    3B. Or, are the WAPs really Linksys wireless routers? Example: BEFW11S4, WRT54G.

    4. The Linksys WAPs each have 192.168.X.X IP addresses assigned to them?

    5. When you say "We have remote access to each site", specifically what do you mean? What access do you have? What IPs on the LANs can you access from your central location?

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    jameshodge

    We have many different sites each equipped with a Linksys WRT54G, and they were all deployed with SSID Broadcast Enabled.

    We have a 10.x.x.x network and the Linksys are on the 192.168.1.x network.

    We are able to RDP to a computer at each of the sites, I was wondering if the computer at each of the sites could be configured to be on both networks at once, to access the router

    Thanks

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    TechExec2

    Your network topology is still not clear, but I can provide some answers anyway...

    The WRT54G is a multi-function router (includes NAT, WAP, DHCP server, stealth firewall, VPN server), not just a WAP (wireless access point) which is just a hub.


    "We have a 10.x.x.x network and the Linksys are on the 192.168.1.x network."

    What do you mean by this? Does this mean the "public" side of the WRT54G is a 10.X.X.X address and the "private" wired/wireless side is 192.168.X.X? The Linksys WRT54G is always on two networks, a public wired one and a private wired/wireless one.


    "We are able to RDP to a computer at each of the sites, I was wondering if the computer at each of the sites could be configured to be on both networks at once, to access the router"

    If that computer that you can RDP to can see the Linksys, maybe. If it has one NIC that is on the "private" side of the Linksys WRT54G, yes. If it has one NIC that is on the "public" side of the Linksys WRT54G, yes if the "Remote Management" feature of the WRT54G is turned on.


    Management of the Linksys WRT54G

    Your Linksys WRT54G can be managed from either the "public" or "private" side of the NAT. From the "private" side of the NAT, just point a browser to 192.168.1.1 (or whatever you changed it to). This is always available. From the "public" side (which is stll private for you, your private 10.X.X.X network I presume), you can also manage it just by pointing a browser to the 10.X.X.X IP address that is assigned to that particular Linksys WRT54G. But... This "public" management interface is off by default. In the Linksys WRT54G, it is called "Remote Management" (Administration -> Management -> Remote Management).


    Questions:

    Answers to these questions will clarify how your network is set up.

    Q6. When you RDP to a computer at each site, what IP do you use to access it? Is it a 10.X.X.X IP?

    Q7. Is the computer you RDP to hardwired to the network? Does it have one NIC? More than one? That is, which network(s) is it directly connected to?

    Q8. How is the RDP computer connected to the Linksys WRT54G network-wise?

    Q9. Is the WRT54G used just to provide wireless network access? Or, is the "private" 192.168.X.X network also used for hardwired PCs as well?

    Q10. Are there any other routers at each of the 80 sites? Or, just the WRT54G?

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    CG IT

    you can remotely admin the linksys AP and Routers if remote admin over port 8080 is enabled. If that is disabled, you have to access the AP from the LAN side.

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    Kjell_Andorsen

    If you RDC to a computer that is on the LAN side (192.168.x.x) of the Linksys routers you should be able to access the linksys through a web browser on the remote machine. If the Linksys routers have a 10.x.x.x. address on your overall network you can change the configuration to allow remote administration of the Router for future access.

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    TechExec2

    It sounds like you will need to be physically connected to each LAN at each of the 80 physical sites to change the SSID broadcast setting. But, I'll ask some questions to clarify your situation before I answer:

    1. You have 80 physical sites?

    2. Each physical site has a router with a 10.X.X.X address and a 192.168.X.X local private network?

    3. What are the models of the Linksys WAPs? Example: WAP11, WAP54G.

    3B. Or, are the WAPs really Linksys wireless routers? Example: BEFW11S4, WRT54G.

    4. The Linksys WAPs each have 192.168.X.X IP addresses assigned to them?

    5. When you say "We have remote access to each site", specifically what do you mean? What access do you have? What IPs on the LANs can you access from your central location?

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    jameshodge

    We have many different sites each equipped with a Linksys WRT54G, and they were all deployed with SSID Broadcast Enabled.

    We have a 10.x.x.x network and the Linksys are on the 192.168.1.x network.

    We are able to RDP to a computer at each of the sites, I was wondering if the computer at each of the sites could be configured to be on both networks at once, to access the router

    Thanks

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    TechExec2

    Your network topology is still not clear, but I can provide some answers anyway...

    The WRT54G is a multi-function router (includes NAT, WAP, DHCP server, stealth firewall, VPN server), not just a WAP (wireless access point) which is just a hub.


    "We have a 10.x.x.x network and the Linksys are on the 192.168.1.x network."

    What do you mean by this? Does this mean the "public" side of the WRT54G is a 10.X.X.X address and the "private" wired/wireless side is 192.168.X.X? The Linksys WRT54G is always on two networks, a public wired one and a private wired/wireless one.


    "We are able to RDP to a computer at each of the sites, I was wondering if the computer at each of the sites could be configured to be on both networks at once, to access the router"

    If that computer that you can RDP to can see the Linksys, maybe. If it has one NIC that is on the "private" side of the Linksys WRT54G, yes. If it has one NIC that is on the "public" side of the Linksys WRT54G, yes if the "Remote Management" feature of the WRT54G is turned on.


    Management of the Linksys WRT54G

    Your Linksys WRT54G can be managed from either the "public" or "private" side of the NAT. From the "private" side of the NAT, just point a browser to 192.168.1.1 (or whatever you changed it to). This is always available. From the "public" side (which is stll private for you, your private 10.X.X.X network I presume), you can also manage it just by pointing a browser to the 10.X.X.X IP address that is assigned to that particular Linksys WRT54G. But... This "public" management interface is off by default. In the Linksys WRT54G, it is called "Remote Management" (Administration -> Management -> Remote Management).


    Questions:

    Answers to these questions will clarify how your network is set up.

    Q6. When you RDP to a computer at each site, what IP do you use to access it? Is it a 10.X.X.X IP?

    Q7. Is the computer you RDP to hardwired to the network? Does it have one NIC? More than one? That is, which network(s) is it directly connected to?

    Q8. How is the RDP computer connected to the Linksys WRT54G network-wise?

    Q9. Is the WRT54G used just to provide wireless network access? Or, is the "private" 192.168.X.X network also used for hardwired PCs as well?

    Q10. Are there any other routers at each of the 80 sites? Or, just the WRT54G?

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    CG IT

    you can remotely admin the linksys AP and Routers if remote admin over port 8080 is enabled. If that is disabled, you have to access the AP from the LAN side.

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    Kjell_Andorsen

    If you RDC to a computer that is on the LAN side (192.168.x.x) of the Linksys routers you should be able to access the linksys through a web browser on the remote machine. If the Linksys routers have a 10.x.x.x. address on your overall network you can change the configuration to allow remote administration of the Router for future access.