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Post 1

Ausnahmsweise, wie üblich (Consistently inconsistent)

I just installed a D-Link Wireless broadband router - and I don't have a broad band connection!

I got it because it was going to be difficult to run cable to our guest room, above my office.

By default, the router has a DHCP server and uses 192.168.0.1. (The instructions in this entry seem to assume that the client machines are all using static addresses?). It worked, straight out of the box, using "Obtain an IP Address automatically") for the client machines.

But, I wanted to share my dial up internet connection through my XP machine. So I turned off the DHCP in the router, and set its address to something other than 192.168.0.1. (I used 192.168.0.2). This is because the XP connection wizard sets the address on your LAN NIC to that very address. I used addresses such as 192.168.0.101 and 102 for my wireless (and wired) clients.

D-Link's tech. support said they didn't support ICS, so this information might be of use to someone wanting to do the same.

(Yeah - I know - who would want to share a slow dialup connection?)

Awu


ICS / XP

Post 2

Zak T Duck

Have you tried it with DHCP still enabled?


ICS / XP

Post 3

Zak T Duck

Yeah I've been meaning to update the entry recently to take into account that it's better to use automatically obtained IPs (the sources I used in research suggested defining them yourself rather than automatically obtaining them. I'll get onto doing that when I get a spare half hour.

Been having a little think. Have you tried connection the ethernet cable between the computer and the port on the router labelled Internet/DSL (or something similar) rather than one of the local numbered ports? If I'm thinking correctly, the router should see your PC as a gateway rather than just another PC on the network, and can send out the relevant IP and gateway addresses to the wireless PC in the other room. It would mean that to use the internet on the wireless PC the "wired" PC would need to be on and the modem running. Not sure whether you'd be able to tell it to connect and disconnect wirelessly tho.


ICS / XP

Post 4

Ausnahmsweise, wie üblich (Consistently inconsistent)

Yes - I tried it, as one of the many permutations until I got the correct one. I can't have DHCP enabled because when you go through the XP wizard steps to enable ICS, one of the things it does is to set itself up as 192.168.0.1. I think I read somewhere that XP is running a kind of quasi DHCP service when doing ICS. Anyway, since the LAN NIC card of the XP machine had to have a static address, I turned off DHCP on my router (and gave the router a different address than its default).

The down side? I used to get lured out of my home office - with food, etc. so my other half could check her email. Now she uses one of our notebooks from anywhere in the house. We use IM to arrange to meet for lunch smiley - smiley

Awu


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Post 5

Ausnahmsweise, wie üblich (Consistently inconsistent)

No - I haven't tried that. The socket is marked WAN on my router.
I'll try that sometime.

Awu


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