Modem and Router and Switch, oh my


R

Richard

Upgrading questions.

Then:
4 PCs and 2 network Printers all attached to an 8 port SkyLink switch
PCs got to internet via ICS and one PC sharing its modem.

Now:
Installed Satellite modem (SM):
4 PCs and 2 network Printers all attached to an 8 port SkyLink switch
(S)
One PC has 2nd NIC connected to SM and is set for sharing ICS.

Later:
Not wanting the always on ICS serving machine, a Linksys WRT54G router
(R) is on order.
I'll plug the SM, 3 PCs and the S into R
1 PC and 2 printer will connect to the S.

Any ideas if this will work?


TIA,
Richard
 
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C

Chuck

Upgrading questions.

Then:
4 PCs and 2 network Printers all attached to an 8 port SkyLink switch
PCs got to internet via ICS and one PC sharing its modem.

Now:
Installed Satellite modem (SM):
4 PCs and 2 network Printers all attached to an 8 port SkyLink switch
(S)
One PC has 2nd NIC connected to SM and is set for sharing ICS.

Later:
Not wanting the always on ICS serving machine, a Linksys WRT54G router
(R) is on order.
I'll plug the SM, 3 PCs and the S into R
1 PC and 2 printer will connect to the S.

Any ideas if this will work?


TIA,
Richard

Richard,

Your details are a little vague. You will be best off planning to plug the WAN
port on R into SM. This will allow you to share the service from SM with all
computers. You then connect all computers, all printers, and S, to the LAN
ports on R, in any arrangement pleasing to you. This will put all computers and
printers on the same subnet, and let you share Internet service, and other
resources, equally.

The distinction between the LAN, and WAN, ports on R are critical. I suspect
that you know this, but overlooked specifying it. If so, my apologies.
 
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R

Ron Martell

Richard said:
Upgrading questions.

Then:
4 PCs and 2 network Printers all attached to an 8 port SkyLink switch
PCs got to internet via ICS and one PC sharing its modem.

Now:
Installed Satellite modem (SM):
4 PCs and 2 network Printers all attached to an 8 port SkyLink switch
(S)
One PC has 2nd NIC connected to SM and is set for sharing ICS.

Later:
Not wanting the always on ICS serving machine, a Linksys WRT54G router
(R) is on order.
I'll plug the SM, 3 PCs and the S into R
1 PC and 2 printer will connect to the S.

Any ideas if this will work?

Should work just fine.

Just to clarify:

- Connect the Satellite Modem to the WAN port of the router.
- Connect the 8 port switch to one of the 4 lan ports on the router.
- Connect up to 3 other PCs or network printers to the other LAN ports
of the router.
- Connect the balance of the PCs and printers to the switch.

Are you using manually configured i.p. addresses? The router will
work better if you use its builtin DHCP server for the i.p. addresses
for the PCs and also reconfigure the PCs to use i.p. addresses that
are on the same subnet that the router uses but outside the range used
by the DHCP server.

Here is a typical example:
Router uses i.p. address 192.168.0.001
DHCP server in the router assigns i.p. addresses in the range
192.168.0.101 to 200 dynamically to connected PCs.
In this instance you would use i.p. addresses between 192,168.0.2 and
100 or between 192.168.0.201 and 255 for the printers, thereby keeping
them in the same subnet but avoiding possible conflicts with the DCHP
assigned addresses.

Good luck

Ron Martell Duncan B.C. Canada
 

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