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I have 6 AP's on my network and central netgear router serving 40
computers that are all on wireless. The system works just fine but I
was thinking of replacing the netgear router with a computer running
Windows 2003 server that has 2 fast network cards and let it handle
all of the DHCP functions. I like the server idea because it can be
easier managed than the old netgear router (FSV318) and I can add
Is anyone else doing this on there network? Looking for ideas.
03-26-08, 08:11 AM
You can run DHCP (and it's integration with DNS and Active Directory)
without doing the routing on it. Just disable it on the central router and
let the w2k3 box handle it. You may need to set up DHCP forwarding on the
switch (but not if it's all on one subnet already).
The advantage to a standalone device like a router is reliability. A box
with no moving parts and not running anything else is less likely to give
you trouble over time. No software updates, no overloading based on other
tasks, etc. I'd be pretty hesitant to replace a standalone router with a
computer, regardless of OS being used. Computers generally consume more
As for bandwidth control you might want to start with monitoring first.
Start tracking which ports are using how much bandwidth. Tie that into
reports linked to DHCP lease reservations. You can often better manage
network consumption based on reporting. As in, show who's the culprit and
let management view the reports. Let the HR policies slap them around for
wasting company bandwidth. Keep the IT department out of the enforcement
loop. Just report the facts. Try this first, it's often usually more than
enough. Going to network shaping and bandwidth throttling is often a lot
more work to setup, monitor and maintain.
On Tue, 25 Mar 2008 21:17:44 -0700, Victor
>I have 6 AP's on my network and central netgear router serving 40
>computers that are all on wireless. The system works just fine but I
>was thinking of replacing the netgear router with a computer running
>Windows 2003 server that has 2 fast network cards and let it handle
>all of the DHCP functions. I like the server idea because it can be
>easier managed than the old netgear router (FSV318) and I can add
>Is anyone else doing this on their network? Looking for ideas.
It would be very expensive. Thoughts about linux ? I believe
any recent dist will do this for free.
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