Router Recommendation


D

Derek

I need a router for a small network running windows 2000 server. I am using
active directory and dhcp to allocate IP addresses. I want to get an ADSL
Modem Router to be able to connect to the internet and share it to the rest
of the network.

Currently I've got a cheap and nasty offering from Mentor that simply isn't
up to the job. Does anybody have any recommendation for a good but not too
expensive router that can carry out what I want.

Incidentally, I will be using a dynamic rather than a static IP address
assigned by my ISP, if that is relevant.

Derek
 
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J

John Smith

I would go for a Netgear or a Linksys. Both are very good products and both
come in a variety of models that offer different numbers of ports.

Both will do the job that you have in mind. I am not sure if either has a
model out yet that is also a combined VPN Gateway but, if so, that is
something you might want to consider also.

I have had a Linksys for a few years - the first few had dodgy power
adaptors but Linksys replaced them and apparently have a different model out
now. I will upgrade once they have a Wireless one combined with VPN Gateway
on the market. A friend uses a Wireless Netgear and it is also a good
product.

Take your choice.

You might want to go to http://www.practicallynetworked.com which will offer
you good advice and good reviews of the latest models.

J.
 
D

Derek

Well, I picked up a Linksys Router with 4 ports today. However, when I
examined it more closely at home I realised that it didn't include an ADSL
modem.... I now have to go crawling back to the shop and try and exchange it
for one that does.....

I do have a modem but it doesn't allow the router to connect to it so is not
of any use..

Derek
 
D

Derek

Problem sorted now. I've picked up a new ADSL modem with an Ethernet RJ45
connection and am going to set it up now.

One other point. My Linksys router can use DHCP to allocate IP addresses to
my PC's but so does Windows Server which I'm currently using. What is
preferable; to disable DHCP in the router or in Windows Server??

Derek
 
J

John Smith

Use the router.


Derek said:
Problem sorted now. I've picked up a new ADSL modem with an Ethernet RJ45
connection and am going to set it up now.

One other point. My Linksys router can use DHCP to allocate IP addresses to
my PC's but so does Windows Server which I'm currently using. What is
preferable; to disable DHCP in the router or in Windows Server??

Derek

CAT
 
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D

Derek

This just gets worse... I've installed the DLink Ethernet modem (dsl-300G+)
and have connected this to the Linksys router which is currently connected
to 2 pc's, one of which acts as the server.

However, this is as far as I get. I've now got a modem that is impossible to
contact in any way (although the appropriate lights are on) and a router
that I can only sometimes access through the browser but only too one
screen.

On top of this I now have a modem that insists on acting as a DHCP server.
I'm confused and haven't got a clue as to what to do next... Presently I
have rigged up my old modem to my client PC to get back on the net..

Any help appreciated even more than before...

Derek
 
C

callsignviper

Derek said:
This just gets worse... I've installed the DLink Ethernet modem (dsl-300G+)
and have connected this to the Linksys router which is currently connected
to 2 pc's, one of which acts as the server.

However, this is as far as I get. I've now got a modem that is impossible to
contact in any way (although the appropriate lights are on) and a router
that I can only sometimes access through the browser but only too one
screen.

On top of this I now have a modem that insists on acting as a DHCP server.
I'm confused and haven't got a clue as to what to do next... Presently I
have rigged up my old modem to my client PC to get back on the net..

Any help appreciated even more than before...

Derek
Suggestion: Go to www.dslreports.com . Lots of information there on what
you are trying to do. You might want to try a search on "provisioning" as I
have a suspicion that's at least part of your problem.

Does your router have the ability to clone a MAC address? If you don't
understand that try the above link for an explanation. No offense intended
if you do understand the question.

I would try to explain what you probably need to do but I might only succeed
in confusing you further.

HTH.
 
R

Roland the Gunslinger

Derek said:
This just gets worse... I've installed the DLink Ethernet modem (dsl-300G+)
and have connected this to the Linksys router which is currently connected
to 2 pc's, one of which acts as the server.

However, this is as far as I get. I've now got a modem that is impossible to
contact in any way (although the appropriate lights are on) and a router
that I can only sometimes access through the browser but only too one
screen.

On top of this I now have a modem that insists on acting as a DHCP server.
I'm confused and haven't got a clue as to what to do next... Presently I
have rigged up my old modem to my client PC to get back on the net..

Any help appreciated even more than before...

Derek

I can't find anything on the 300g+ at the dlink website. Is it a
modem/router or just a modem? If it's a combo then you are probably double
NATing with the Linksys, which will cause problems. If it is acting as a
DHCP server then it could be a router combo. If that is the case , then all
you need is a switch or hub.
 
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D

Derek

I've managed to get the modem working by connecting it directly to the NIC
card on a standalone PC. I think the problem is to do with Windows 2000
Server so it looks like I'll have to do a bit of digging around with that to
see what's up...

Derek
 

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