I'm doing a quite simple network setup (hopefully): a file server and a Wi-Fi/AP.
The AP which I've got is a biz-grade AP, much more robust, but it is without a built-in router (so no standard DHCP server builtin)...
It does have a 'hotspot' mode, which (when activated) hands out DHCP over Wi-Fi, and routes them to the gateway port (essentially a walled-off guest Wi-Fi network running on the same AP, not allowing access to the LAN).
My hypothesis is this... I think I can make my network like this:
Set server - static IP 10.0.1.254, on a 10.0.1.0/24 network. Its gateway would be 10.0.1.100 (the AP)
Set AP - static IP - - 10.0.1.100, on 10.0.1.0/24 network. It's gateway IP would be 10.0.1.254 (e.g. the server).
Set AP "hotspot" to serve out DHCP for WIFI clients, effectively sending that traffic to its gateway (10.0.1.254).
The AP would enable the hotspot network, thereby handing out DHCP to Wi-Fi clients, and passing all service directly to the 'gateway' (the server), and the server would in turn pass all service directly to the AP.
*I also don't need this network to connect to the web - it's a closed network designed to accomplish a single specific task...
Is this possible? Will the server actually talk to the AP in this manner? Do I HAVE TO have a router just to make this work?