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jonostew 08-02-2007 09:07 PM

Home Network Setup (Modem -> Router -> Computer)
Hi everyone,

I'm new to networking and am trying to add a wireless router to my home network. I have a DSL internet connection through a modem/router that connects to my computer through a static IP on my computer.

I have added a wireless router in between the modem/router and my computer, and a wireless card to my computer. Iwould ultimately like the wireless router to act as a DHCP server so I can easily access the Internet next through my wireless router on various wireless computers simultaneously.

I've read extensively online about subnets, bridges, port forwarding, etc. and tried configure my network correctly to no avail. At one point I could even access remote DNS servers to translate web site names with the "host" command, but couldn't access and remote web pages through a web browser. I'm running a Broadcom 4306 wireless card on Fedora 5 and it's working beautifully and it doesn't appear that I have any hardware problems.

Do I need to use a bridge, port forwarding, different subnets or all of the above and on the modem/router, the router or both? Which should be my DHCP server? I'm confused.

I'm wondering if anyone could point me to a beginner's guide or tell me in simple terms how to configure my network.


Linux.tar.gz 08-02-2007 11:45 PM

Don't link two routers. You should disable routing on the modem. Then just activate dhcp on the wifi/router.

lazlow 08-03-2007 12:28 AM

As support for Fc5 has been dropped you should consider upgrading to a supported version.

jonostew 08-03-2007 01:51 PM

Thanks for your help. I think I know how to setup the router with dhcp and wifi. Is enabling bridging on my modem/router the same as disabling routing? What do I look for in my modem/router config to disable routing?

jonostew 08-04-2007 01:10 PM

I managed to get this setup on my own after several hours of trying different things. I disbled everything on my modem/router (NAT, PPP, DHCP, everything) and then enabled the Ethernet bridging. I re-initialized my wireless router and then completed the setup wizard. My wireless router now logs me on to my DSL service with PPPoE. I didn't change the DHCP settings on the wireless router. Then, I set up my pc's wireless card to log-on to the wireless router using its DHCP settings.

And now, my wireless network is running! Enabling the bridge (and disabling everything else) on the modem/router just seems to pass the physical signal on to the wireless router. Then, I handle all of the settings at the wireless router. This seems like a simple solution for those of you like me, who may not understand subnets, subnet masks, gateways, NAT translation, etc.

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