I was able to set mine up through the mandrake control center. You will probably need to configure your mandrake box(es) to use your router's local-side IP address as the default gateway. The way mine is set up, the router takes the public IP address from my broadband provider. That's the "public" side of the router. One the "private" side, I have 3 computers attached: one via a cable, in the first port on the router's built-in switch/hub, and 2 wirelessly. (My router is a wireless access point as well). The router will have a private IP address, usually the first or last address in one of the private ranges. Many ship with a default of 192.168.1.1. In that case, you'd configure the default gateway of your mandrake machines to be 192.168.1.1 (because the router is acting as your gateway to the public internet). Each machine will also need its own unique IP address, in the same range as your router's address (such as, 192.168.1.100 and 192.168.1.101, in this case). You may also need to input the DNS addresses provided by your ISP.
Now - if your router supports DHCP, it may be able to configure the IP address and DNS/gateway/etc of each client machine for you. My router requires me to specifiically enable DHCP if I want to use it, and if it is disabled (which mine is), I have to input the IP address/gateway/DNS manually on each of my client computers.
How do you configure your router? Via a web browser? (Such as, http://192.168.1.1
). If so - that's probably the same IP address you'll use as the default gateway setting on your client computers.