Network experts - please point me in the right direction
I'm doing a non-automotive project for my glider club to install an automated weather observation station that can be accessed on the internet. The location of the station has no internet access, but there is access about 1,000 feet away. I plan to connect to that location using a cantenna. That part seems pretty straightforward.
What I need to know concerns the other end. The internet access exists at the National Soaring Musuem, a non-profit that has a reasonably simple network in place. They don't have full time IT folks, so part of the setup is going to be my responsibility and the more I know before I do it, the better off I'll be.
As far as I can tell, there is a satellite antenna that provides a Hughes net internet connection. This runs into the modem and the modem runs into a switch. There are a couple of WiFi/wired routers connected to that.
I've got a WRT-54G WiFi router that will connect to the cantenna on the roof of the museum. I've set the router to be a bridge rather than standalone router and I've changed its IP to be something different from the standard 192.168.1.1.
How will I find it on the network so I can get the computer on the other end working? Is there usually some kind of web interface for the switch that allows you to do this?
I think it's sort of straighforward, but network stuff gets complicated awfully quick.
I thought I'd first try to connect the router to the switch, then plug a laptop into the router to confirm it is working. After that, I can try wireless and if successful, use the cantenna to transmit the signal over the longer distance.
The people that run the museum are nice, but have zero clue about the particulars of the network. It's not clear to me that the people they had set it up for them still work there. Anyhow, the more I know, the better off I'll be when it comes time to connect everything.
Any advice on how to set up or resources to check out ahead of time are appreciated.