I've just ordered two BOME boxes and am trying to work through the network hardware I will need.
I have a portable stage rack on casters which hosts my x32 mixer, outboard gear, and MIDI patchbay. BoxA will go in the rack, along with a rackmount POE switch. It will replace the wired network router currently installed there, which serves the x32 and a few other network devices.
MIDI communication to and from stage equipment will be handled via BoxB, which will reside on stage with a second MIDI patchbay. it will connect to the POE switch in the rack for networked connection to BoxA and for power.
All configuration of the system is done via my macbook pro, and via an iPad running x32 mix software. (Both on WiFi.) WiFi is currently via a wireless access point connected to the router in the rack.
The goal is to replicate my existing system, whilst adding the two BOME boxes described above for MIDI communication, remove the original router and WiFi AP, and add a feature: Allow the local LAN access to the venue or rehearsal-space WiFi via a NAT-ted uplink via WLAN.
The 'why': When connected to the current system with my macbook pro to make configuration changes, I cannot browse the internet for configuration help as there is no internet uplink. Similarly, while the iPad is connected to the mixer for mix control, I cannot use it to download lyrics if a song gets requested.
My thoughts on a solution:
- Connect both boxes to the POE switch for power and to create a LAN
- Configure one box as a WiFi AP
- Configure other box as a DHCP server/NAT-ted router, with the WiFi antenna serving as the WAN connection and configured to access the WiFi at my rehearsal space, my home, and the venues.
Any thoughts on how (and whether) this could be accomplished in the settings?
(I have purchased an inexpensive 'travel router' which could probably fix this issue by covering Ethernet routing and WiFi 'client' mode... but it would be ideal to send this back for a refund and accomplish it with the BOME hardware.