Hello Everyone, i will try to make this as simple as i can…and i hope you follow through!.
Our devices are all connected in one way our another, you are able to read this article because you are connected to a Wide Area Network called the Internet, on the other hand – a LAN(Local Area Network) is more Minuit,
The LANs are more seen at workplaces or hubs, it can range from a small hub of 1 or two workstations to hundreds and thousands of workstations. Now am going to guide you on how to set up a simple LAN. at least with a switch and an access point or two.
BASICALLY WHAT YOU NEED:
- A CISCO SWITCH
- ACCESS POINT (I used two Cambium cnPilot Access point)
- NETWORK CABLES. (RJ4 Cables)
EXTRA NEEDS(Depending on what you want to achieve):
- A SERVER
- A ROUTER
NOTE: The Access point is not necessary, i used it in one of my recent setup because the workstations involved needed to connect through wireless.
Here is what i did:
STEP 1: I plugged in the switch to the wall socket and confirmed its blinking.
STEP 2: i plugged in the Cambium cnPilot adapter to light and plugged two network cables to the adapter and the other ends – one to the switch and the other to the cnPilot. HERE is a guide from Cambium Networks.
STEP 3: I repeated step 2 above for the other cnPilot
STEP 4: Connect a workstation to the switch via network cable. (use STEP 6 method to assign it an IP Address).
STEP 5: Configure the Access Point by entering the IP Address of the Access point READ HERE a guide to follow for Cambium cnPilot.
STEP 6: Assign IP Addresses to the workstations that are to connect to the LAN (i.e if the Access Point IP is 192.168.0.1 the workstations should be assigned IPs in the range 192.168.0.2 —3—4—) READ HERE on how to assign IP Addresses to workstations on LAN.