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Many thanks!. It appears that several approaches will work.
I will use the server box as firewall...with network switch to distribute private network from second NIC in server box.
I am going with Static IP from BEll South <--> modem with IP passthrough<---> NIC (static ip-external network)<--masquerade> NIC (internal private network DHCP <--->network switch--internal network boxes with NIC DHCP.
The external static NIC works..but I wonder if I need a DHCP server to make the IP assignments to the internal network.
In the past, my Linksys router appears to have provided the DHCP server function.
Configure your boxes to use static IP addresses, that's it. If you do not run a DHCP server then you obviously cannot run DHCP clients on your LAN boxes. Right?
Benefits of static configuration:
1. You can use hosts files to assign names to LAN boxes, this is much simpler than DNS.
2. One process less running, computer resources freed.
What's the problem? If you ever had it working for browsing, set it all back that way and set your router up for ip passthrough on the port you need (80? it's been a long time for me). I had no drama setting ip passthrough for mirc and a quake3 server a couple of years ago. I can't think it'd be that much different for apache, unless your ISP blocks incoming ports.
Well, there's the physical layer: you know for sure that
what you think is the external NIC on the server is the
right one? There's the IP addresses, but of course I have
no idea what your documentation for the modem says. What
is it saying the modem thinks it is if the server is 192.168.2.95?