|Hi everyone. I successfully made my own little LAN offline but when I try to connect to the internet it failed miserably.|
Basically, I have 3 desktop computers, 1 networked printer, 1 non-network printer, 2 routers, 1 switch, 1 laptop
When I was doing my offline LAN to try to learn networking, I just assigned a static IP address to each computer and changed them to have the same workgroup Name. Things connected and I could print from one of the printers that I connected to my switch to play around with.
But now when I connect my Cable Modem to my LAN, it doesnt work. I thought my LAN would come to life as soon as a line to the internet was connected to it. It wasn't that simple. It turns out that I had to add moreinfo into the TCP/IP settings in XP, for DNS Servers, Gateway, and Subnet Mask. I found the DNS Servers, Gateway, and Subnet Mask info from XP by typing "ipconfig /all" when I connected my laptop directly to my cable modem because when I used the numbers that I got from my D-Link router when I was connected to it, those numbers did not work either...I guess D-Link made them up as they all began with 192. None of the online tutorials, including pcmag's 5 easy steps to a home network ever mention anything about Subnet Masks, gateways, or DNS servers. All of them assume you are not using a static IP.
Anyway, this is what I would like to do. I want to connect all my desktop computers to my d-link switch. Then I want to use my Asus router as an access point to get wireless and connect my non-network printer to my network. I dont want to use my d-link router's wifi. I just want to use it as a wired router.
Here is my set-up.
desktop1------desktop2-------desktop3------asus router/print server------HP networked printer
laptop brother-printer (usb)
These are the settings I have for my equipment:
HP network printer
-DHCP server turned off
I couldnt get onto the internet when I plugged my cable modem to my D-Link router. I could get my desktop computers online when I copied the Subnet Mask, Gateway, and DNS Servers to my D-Link router and desktop computers. However, my laptop wifi connection through the ASUS router still doesnt work even though I have DHCP server turned off on the ASUS router.
1. Do I need to copy the Subnet Mask, Gateway, DNS Names, from my ISP to all my desktop computers, laptop, and BOTH routers?
2. Can I use the Asus router to serve as an access point, while connecting my non-network Brother printer and laptop to my switch?
3. What settings should I have my Asus router besides assigning it a static IP? DHCP is off?
4. What would change if I decide to get a static IP from my ISP later on so I can RDP and VPN? It's not a matter of if, I want to get the static IP...only $10/month and no big deal.
5. I want to get my IPAD and do RDP through my laptop later on too (the laptop is heavy and the Ipad is light) so i can work on my laptop while at work or Starbucks, or wherever I can get a wifi connection.
6. Why did I not need to tinker with the subnet mask, DNS Servers, when I connected my router to the cable modem when I didn't have a static IP assigned on my Laptop?
Please, can someone go over my network. Thank you thank you in advance. I really need this sucker working by tomorrow.