Network bridge problem

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Quis custodiet ipsos custodes

Hi,

My cable wireless modem is too far away in the house and behind too
many walls from my home cluster that I have set up an old computer as
a relay PC.

The network looks like this:

Wifi cable router
..
..
.. <--- Wireless connection
..
..
Relay PC with USB wireless dongle
|
|
| <--- Ethernet cable
|
|
8 port switch
|
| <--- Ethernet cables
|
PC1, etc.

If I set up my relay PC to only have a wireless connection to the
router with the ethernet connection disabled, I get full internet
connectivity. ipconfig /all gives:
Windows IP Configuration
Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Relay
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
Ethernet adapter Wireless Network Connection:
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : 54M Wireless USB Adapter
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-12-3C-5A-13-0F
Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 10.0.1.199
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 10.0.1.1
DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 10.0.1.1
DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 10.0.1.1
Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : 16 January 2009 00:01:27
Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : 16 January 2009 04:01:27

If I enable my ethernet connection and select both ethernet/wireless
to have a network bridge, I get the following results:
Windows IP Configuration
Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Relay
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
Ethernet adapter Network Bridge (Network Bridge):
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : MAC Bridge Miniport
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 01-02-3F-04-0C-1E
Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 10.0.1.198
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 10.0.1.1
DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 10.0.1.1
DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 10.0.1.1
Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : 16 January 2009 00:05:49
Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : 16 January 2009 04:05:49

A wierd error happens where I can connect to Google and get up-to-date
Google News, Groups, etc. When I ping a website (like news websites) I
can resolve their numerical IP address. However, when I try to connect
to them, the connection doesn't work. I've tried turning off my
Windows and software firewalls but it still doesn't work.

Any ideas what the problem might be?

Thanks.
 
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Rarius

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes said:
Hi,

My cable wireless modem is too far away in the house and behind too
many walls from my home cluster that I have set up an old computer as
a relay PC.

A wierd error happens where I can connect to Google and get up-to-date
Google News, Groups, etc. When I ping a website (like news websites) I
can resolve their numerical IP address. However, when I try to connect
to them, the connection doesn't work. I've tried turning off my
Windows and software firewalls but it still doesn't work.

Any ideas what the problem might be?

What routing software are you running on the "stepping stone" PC? Have you
just bridges the connections using the XP "bridge connections" option?.
This might help
http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/wxpbrdge.html

XP generally has difficulty having both wired and wireless connections on
the same PC.

Personally, I would have just gone and bought a longer CAT5e cable and wired
the whole lot, but then I think wireless networks should only be used where
absolutely needed! You can buy 305m reels of CAT5e cable and wall sockets
for a few quid. I cabled up my observatory over 50yrds from my house and it
cost me less than the wireless router would have! And I had a full 100mbps
connection to the computers in the house too, not the crappy 1-2mbps
wireless would have given me!

Rarius
 
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Quis custodiet ipsos custodes

What routing software are you running on the "stepping stone" PC? Have you
just bridges the connections using the XP "bridge connections" option?.
This might helphttp://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/wxpbrdge.html

Yes I'm just using Windows XP's bridge connections option.
XP generally has difficulty having both wired and wireless connections on
the same PC.

I was beginning to figure that out. Even when I don't bridge the
connections, and have just wired + wireless connections on, this
problem arises.
Personally, I would have just gone and bought a longer CAT5e cable and wired
the whole lot, but then I think wireless networks should only be used where
absolutely needed! You can buy 305m reels of CAT5e cable and wall sockets
for a few quid. I cabled up my observatory over 50yrds from my house and it
cost me less than the wireless router would have! And I had a full 100mbps
connection to the computers in the house too, not the crappy 1-2mbps
wireless would have given me!

If there is an outdoor portion of about 3m, how weatherproof are
ethernet cables? Will they survive in wet/dry, hot/cold, sun, snow,
etc. or do I need to put them in a PVC pipe?
 
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Chris

If there is an outdoor portion of about 3m, how weatherproof are
ethernet cables? Will they survive in wet/dry, hot/cold, sun, snow,
etc. or do I need to put them in a PVC pipe?

Love your nick. FWIW, in 2002 I ran a south facing, 20 meter Cat 5
outside cable between house and garage, and has resisted very hot summers
and occasional sub-freezing winter-days.

It's not buried, but stapled to the outside walls, with a 2 meter aerial
section between the two buildings in a PVC pipe.

If you have to bury your Ethernet cable look for external grade and yes,
a PVC pipe gives more protection.

It goes without saying that you should check what your local regulations
prescribe, if anything, first.
 
R

Rarius

bcoombes said:
Did you bury it in a proper cable trench with marker tape to SI
standards.:)

No I didn't bury it. I put it through pvc conduit attached to the fence.

Rarius
 
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Rarius

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes said:
If there is an outdoor portion of about 3m, how weatherproof are
ethernet cables? Will they survive in wet/dry, hot/cold, sun, snow,
etc. or do I need to put them in a PVC pipe?

Standard Cat5e cable is waterproof, but degrades quite badly with UV (ie
sunlight). I would suggest that you run it through some pvc conduit. That
should only add a few quid to the price. If you can't find conduit, 15mm
pvc or copper waterpipe is just as good.

Rarius
 
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Paul

Quis said:
Yes I'm just using Windows XP's bridge connections option.


I was beginning to figure that out. Even when I don't bridge the
connections, and have just wired + wireless connections on, this
problem arises.


If there is an outdoor portion of about 3m, how weatherproof are
ethernet cables? Will they survive in wet/dry, hot/cold, sun, snow,
etc. or do I need to put them in a PVC pipe?

I can think of a number of solutions

1) Have cable modem installer, install the cable modem inside
the premises, so that any kludge solutions are avoided. Then,
it it their responsibility to route the cable TV coax cable in
a safe manner.

2) On the cable modem, if it has an external connector for an
antenna, substitute a directional antenna on the unit, and point
that at your house. Presumably, if you're the only person needing
access to the wireless modem, then making the antenna directional
will not be a problem.

3) Bridge the gap between buildings with fiber optic cable and
Ethernet to Fiber adaptation equipment. That will avoid lightning
protection issues. I'm not so much worried about a direct hit,
as an indirect one. Long runs of outdoor wire, function as
a transformer winding, and can end up at high potential
via coupling of one sort or another. At the very least, you
could consult with a local electrician, for a guide to
best practice.

4) My very last choice, would be to run wire between buildings.
They do make little surge protector plates. Notice there is
no specification as to the level of protection afforded.

http://www.ethernetextender.com/ethernet-extension-products/250LP.php

Even a buried cable can have a potential induced into it. But
with conduit and some grounding, the exposure might be reduced.

The cleanest solution is to get the cable modem installed
in the right building to begin with. Even if the installation
charge is a few more dollars. With a wired connection to your
PC, you have one less thing to worry about (wireless performance
as a function of the equipment your neighbors are using).

HTH,
Paul
 
W

westom1

If there is an outdoor portion of about 3m, how weatherproof are
ethernet cables?

If buildings are so close, then an Access Point could be ethernet
connected inside as close to the other building as possible. Even
better, consider a directional antenna on that wireless AP.

If any pin hole occurs in an indoor cable, then rain or condensation
leaks in, spreads throughout the cable, and degrades it. Exterior
cable contains a 'grease' that eliminates the failure.

Not stated are how far that building separation AND how buildings
share a common earth ground or are separately earthed. Important for
connecting between two buildings - another possible inexpensive
solution.
 
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Steve Walker

Quis said:
Hi,

My cable wireless modem is too far away in the house and behind too
many walls from my home cluster that I have set up an old computer as
a relay PC.

The network looks like this:

Wifi cable router
.
.
. <--- Wireless connection
.
.
Relay PC with USB wireless dongle
PC1, etc.

Congratulations, if that rig works even sometimes it's quite a creative
achievement. Why not junk the complexity and replace with a few direct
runs of cat5e - it's easy to tuck away discreetly, staple to skirting or
conceal when decorating. Fast, cheap, simple, reliable.
 

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