JeffTurgeon wrote:Is there a way to make 1 or maybe 2 ports on the 881w take priority over any other connected device?
As far as I know the 881W probably runs Cisco IOS and not CatOS. One OS is for the router and the other for the switch. Since this is not a switch, I don't believe that you can prioritize a port. You would need to check with the global service desk to see if you can do it. Otherwise the only other way would be to implement QOS and that again doesn't really buy you anything unless the links are congested.
JeffTurgeon wrote:I don't think we can get into the router to do anything though, I've had to have someone from GSC make set-up changes (IE: put each AP on a different channel).
I also like the idea of static IPs by mac (if other method doesn't work). How would this be implemented so say 4 hardwired computers are registered with static IPs setup by their mac ids in the router to be prioritized over all other connections? [color=black]Sounds like a long night on the phone.
Don't worry about the mac address. You would register the computers to use static addresses by going into the network connection on the computer and type in a static IP address that is outside of the DHCP range and then put in all the DNS entries and so forth.
Again the only priority that you can use is QOS. Otherwise it is first come first serve. The network equipment of today is fast enough to handle the traffic coming at it. I feel like you are trying to over engineer something and the best approach is to keep things simple. If you have enough bandwidth, then don't worry about it. It's only when you run out of bandwidth that you will need the upgrade. If you want to see how much bandwidth you are using, pull up windows task manager and look at the network page and it will tell you. Simple web browsing and sending and receiving of MLS data doesn't take a lot. You only will use a lot when someone is download a large file. Other than that it uses very little.
Hope this helps.