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At work there is an internal network of 1 server and one computer connected to it. Each of these comps have a wireless NIC card to access the internet, but of course as you know the LAN and the WLAN cannot be active at the same time. Every time I use one I have to disable the other and it is annoying to say the least. I would like to obtain the correct equipment to integrate the internet with the office network and have them coexist peacefully. What is it that I need, is it a network switch?
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So how is the client connected to the server right now? I'm a little confused by your description but to me it basically sounds like you want the client and the server to both be on the same lan and you want that lan to be connected to the web. Any router or layer 3 switch is what you are looking for. If you want to make the network wireless then buy a router with wireless built into it. What you have to consider is DNS and DHCP settings. If your server has DNS and DHCP roles enabled then you have to make sure the router/switch doesn't have it on or vice versa. If you want to give me some more details on what kind of server you're running I can help you out with that. I'm also assuming you have privileges to make changes to your works network. If you don't than absolutely under no circumstances should you make any changes to the configuration -contact your IT admin.

Modem -> Router/Switch -> Node/s (commonly, modems will already be built in with a router/switch and you can tell by looking at the back of the modem, there will be multiple rj-45 ports)

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(btw you shouldn't do this but it is possible to be connected through wifi and ethernet at the same time. each connectivity device has its own MAC address therefore if your dhcp is working properly each device will get it's own IP.)
Edited by thx1138 - 12/9/11 at 8:49pm
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Thank you for the reply. There is no network admin, there is me and there is my boss in a very small medical office, lol. He is too lazy to fix it and too cheap to buy any additional equipment or hire somebody.

I did not set up the computers, my boss did. There is a server and one additional computer which are linked by only an ethernet cord. The computers themselves are only linked through the router for the wireless internet. I thought that there may be an additional "hub" or "switch" that is required, but from what you are saying the router is all I need.

If both computers are linked wirelessly to the router and the LAN cables are unplugged can the internal network continue to function? The tech department that created our medical record software recommended to keep our network hard wired only. The cable that connects the two computers however is 75 or 100 feet long, there is an incredible amount of lag because of it. Wireless would have to be much more efficient I would think.
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Wired is always the better solution. If you want to you can add a Wireless Access Point you would have to disabling all the Firewalling, DHCP, and just setup the Wireless settings. You can hook up this Access Point to the Switch.
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