Thread: Need some fast networking advice
January 5th, 2003, 04:08 PM #1
Need some fast networking advice
My borther-in-law just got DirectPC, a JFS524 switch and a RP614 router (both made by Netgear). I just called DirectPC and they insist that the signal go through a computer intitially, not a router. So, I am thinking that the router my not be necessary because the computer will act as a gateway. Now he is thinking to buy a basic computer, not the main PC he is using now, as the gateway, have that run into the switch and divide it out in to the other 5 computers. Am I missing something, or is this the best idea given the circumstances? Will he need a particularly fast computer for the gateway?
Any ideas or suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
PS...if I do have to set up a PC as a gateway, are there any good sites explaining how to do it? I have never had to do it before.
January 5th, 2003, 04:17 PM #2
Router shouldn't have a problem at all. (most ISP don't like this tho cuz they don't get extra $$ on IP adresses)
If you want a gateway PC it will have to have 2 network cards. or you can use a program like sygate that supports a single nic install but that'll get complicated. try it with the router first, you may have to setup some information on the router tho, like username/pass etc. I'm not familiar with DirectPC is it cable,DSL or wireless?
Edit, It looks like it's wireless, Did he get a bi-directional package? otherwise he will have to use a gateway PC since it uses broadband down, dial up upstream.
Last edited by Wizzard~Of~Ozz; January 5th, 2003 at 04:30 PM.
January 5th, 2003, 04:18 PM #3
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A router is much better as a gateway than a PC.
Does it require software? Does he have to have a phoneline for the uplink?
I would think it would be like any other connection, you put the router WAN interface on DHCP to pull the IP and use the router as a DHCP server (if available on that router) for the PC's behind it to get the necessary DNS information...
No you shouldn't need a fast computer to act as a gateway depending on the OS. Linux you could use a 486... XP you'd still need a big box just to handle that pigHelicopters don't fly; they vibrate so much and make so much noise that the earth rejects them.
January 5th, 2003, 04:22 PM #4
direc pc units plug into the usb port on a computer (unless they have changed them recently)
so he needs to plug the direc pc into his computers usb port, and then from a network card in that computer to a port on the switch. Then to enable it he just has to share the connection out.
that should get it working, thats what me and my friend use to get his internet shared out.
January 5th, 2003, 04:31 PM #5
Hey zgf2002, that's what I just found out. He was saying that the only reason you needed a computer was because it is a USB to USB connection, nit a USB to RJ45. He says there are USB to RJ45 converters. So, if I get the converter, will my original configuration work. Cable modem to router to switch. I just don't like leaving anything outside the router unprotected.
January 5th, 2003, 04:34 PM #6
down below. I think he may be more correct
Last edited by Wizzard~Of~Ozz; January 5th, 2003 at 04:41 PM.
January 5th, 2003, 04:39 PM #7
im not sure cause everything im saying is based off of my friends unit which is a send/recieve sattelite unit thats almost a year old.
but if what your workin on is like his i dont think a converter will work, the computer actually controls his external hardware and they dont operate independantly. From what i understand your gonna have to run the signal through at least one computer.
good luck figuring it out, i gotta head out, ill be back on tonight and over at my friends place so ill be able to ask him about it.
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