Set Up WiFi Router on an IPcop Blue Interface

Set UP WiFi Router on an IPcop Blue Interface

Set UP WiFi Router on an IPcop Blue Interface

Setting up an open Wifi with an IPcop firewall can be a bit tricky. But not too difficult. You need to have a NIC set up for the Blue interface. This way you can have people connect and use your wifi without getting into your regular (Green) network. A typical scenario would be for a coffee shop what wants to provide free wifi to their customers.

This article assumes that you either know how to set up an IPcop firewall, or have already done so with a Blue interface on it. I will also be non-router specific, as the general idea is the same, but it varies slightly from wifi router to wifi router.

The first thing to do is to hook up a Cat5 cable from the WAN port of your wifi /wireless router to the NIC in your IPcop firewall that is assigned as the Blue Interface. Next, connect a temporary computer to one of the LAN ports of your wifi router.

Here is a diagram of a typical IPcop firewall with a Blue interface connected to a wireless router:

Set UP WiFi Router on an IPcop Blue Interface

Set UP WiFi Router on an IPcop Blue Interface

Notice that the wireless router’s LAN IP address range is different than the WAN IP range. Additionally, both of these IP address ranges are also different than all of the other IP ranges of the other IPcop interfaces, such as the Green interface.

Usually the wifi router has DHCP enabled, which is good. Boot up your computer that is connected to the router’s LAN port. Open your browser (Firefox) and point it to the IP address of your wireless router. Typically that would be 192.168.1.1, but it depends on your router. Your documentation will tell you this info.