"Guest" Account w/o Access To Local Network?

Discussion in 'Wireless Networks' started by (PeteCresswell), Jan 15, 2011.

  1. Understood that routers like LinkSys' E3000 have this facility
    built in.

    But, given that one has a WAP and/or a wireless router to
    dedicate - but only one ISP account - is there any way to hook
    that WAP and/or wireless router up to the local network so that
    it presents an SSID that allows guests to connect to the internet
    but not to get at the local network?
    (PeteCresswell), Jan 15, 2011
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  2. (PeteCresswell)

    Brian Cryer Guest

    Its easier with a wireless router than with a WAP.

    What I'd do is:
    1. Connect the "guest" wireless router directly to your internet connection.
    2. Connect your "private" router to your guest router. Note that this
    MUST be connected to the port labelled something along the lines of
    "connects to cable/dsl modem". This is because we want to create two
    separate networks, not extend a single network.

    So, assuming the "guest" router has 4 ports and the "private" router
    both have 4 ports, then the private router would be plugged into one of
    the guest router's 4 ports, and the guest router should then have all of
    its 4 ports available for you to use.

    It might be easier to assign different networks to each (say 192.168.x.x
    to one and 10.0.0.x to the other - but this isn't really necessary
    unless you want to be able to conect to the admin page of your public
    router from inside your private network). Because your "private" network
    is behind your "private" router anyone conncting to your "guest" network
    won't be able to browse into it.

    If you want to use a WAP then the above won't work because a WAP
    connects to your network (whereas a router allows you to create separate

    I've used the above to provide a "public" (guest) network and a
    "private" network. Seems to work well, haven't found any issues yet
    (other than the need for two routers).
    Brian Cryer, Jan 25, 2011
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  3. Per Brian Cryer:
    Thanks. I really meant "wireless router" instead of WAP bc
    that's what I have extras of.
    (PeteCresswell), Jan 25, 2011
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