Can anyone recommend an inexpensive home wireless router for me. Most
importantly I desire the router to allow for one completely separate
network for my wireless devices with another traditional(wired) ethernet
interface on a different network. This device will NOT be acting as an
internet gateway so I strictly need a LAN device sans DSL/cable modems. I
would appreciate both WPA and WEP capability. An added bonus would be
packet filtering capability but this can be accomplished at other locations
within my network. Another added bonus would be integrated wired hub
(assuming it still falls within the previously mentioned separate subnet).
You won't find that in an inexpensive single box. Every consumer
wireless router or access point is designed to bridge its wireless
network to the Ethernet network to which it is connected, creating a
seamless subnet of wired and wireless clients. You'll need to use nested
routers (one of them being the wireless box) or a router that supports
What's wrong with most wired routers? Plug the WAN interface into
your LAN, and your WiFi net is separate from your LAN, and you can
have a separate LAN shared with the WiFi by using the wired ports...
You have to make sure they are on different subnets, but that's
Unless I'm missing something, a wired router and a wireless access point
should do the trick. With the wired router, could you not set the firewall
settings to disable all internet connectivity based on MAC address and/or IP
address? Furthermore, could you not have the router allow only the AP and
its clients access the internet? Again, if I'm missing something, let me
know. I have a tendency of skimming over posts from time to time.