Simple networking solution needed

September 1, 2009 at 10:49:11
Specs: Windows XP
I've switched cable providers to Dish Network. My setup will consist of two cable boxes. Dish Network requires you to have both cable boxes constantly connected to a phone line or internet connection, or pay $5 penalty. I do not have a land-line phone so I need to find a way to get internet to the second cable box.

The first cable box will be located in the same vicinity as my wireless router so I can hard-wire that box to my wireless router. The second box will be upstairs, however. I live in an old house where all the walls are made of solid brick so I can't simply run a 50' ethernet cable upstairs behind drywall. I have a computer which has a wireless internet card in the same room as the second cable box. I'm hoping there is a way to connect the cable box to the computer via an ethernet cable and provide the cable box with internet access.

If this is possible can someone please detail this process?

Thanks in advance


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#1
September 1, 2009 at 13:04:13
So you connect wirelessly from this pc to the d/s router thru brick!?!

You are lucky!

Assuming you also have a builtin nic you can engage ICS between the wireless and wired nic.

Google Microsoft ICS for further details and step by step how to.


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#2
September 1, 2009 at 17:41:59
Thanks wanderer.

Is this link ok? http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306126

If so, how can I carry out the client computer configuration if the client computer is a cable box?


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#3
September 2, 2009 at 08:10:58
Your question would infer you don't have a pc in the 2nd cable box location. Yet you write "I have a computer which has a wireless internet card in the same room as the second cable box."

You connect the cable box to the pc's nic and engage ICS to get the cable box on the internet via the pc.

You did want to get the cable box on the internet correct?


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#4
September 2, 2009 at 08:20:05
In the instructions I linked, I thought the host computer was referring to the computer in the upstairs room and the client computer was referring to the device for which I want to obtain internet access through the host machine. In my case, the client machine is the cable box. Is this correct?

If that is correct, then my confusion is how to carry out the instructions on configuring the client computer since the client computer in my case is just a cable box which cannot be configured.


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#5
September 2, 2009 at 08:22:50
I believe he was asking how to set up the configuration on the CLIENT, being that the CLIENT is a cable box and not a computer ...

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#6
September 2, 2009 at 08:29:18
im1dermike, what you need to do is set up the host computer as shown on that microsoft page (the link you posted), those default settings should do you good. As far as the cable box, most are usually set DHCP (auto obtain IP address), so it should connect automatically. If not, you would have to change that setting on the Cable Box.

That could be a roadblock, you would have to find the service manual or info for that device, and chances are your cable company has thier own firmware in it anyway, and they are the only people with the info (most likely) to make chagnes to the device.

As far as setting client settings, as shown on the page, in windows, thats only if the client is another windows pc. For other devices, like routers, printers, or in this case, cable boxes (lmao), you need to set the settings inside that devices' configuration.

So hopefully, that box is set for DHCP, and you will get online immediately. If you dont, try hooking another PC up to the host machine just to make sure the the connection sharing is set up right. If you still cant get on, chances are it is static and you may have to get in touch with somebody from the cable company.

Matthew R. Keegan
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#7
September 2, 2009 at 08:34:04
Yes this is correct.

Cable box has a network port doesn't it?

If you can hardwire the first box then I have to assume you can hardwire the 2nd cable box.

If there is a network port then there is a configuration console/menu just like you would have on the first box. Either set as dhcp or do a static ip assignment [192.168.0.2 with gateway 192.168.0.1]

Is the 2nd box the same as the 1st?


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#8
September 2, 2009 at 08:40:57
Thanks guys. I'll setup my computer as the host and hope the 2nd box will work. I don't believe it will be identical to my first cable box, but I assume it would have the same DHCP setup. I'll try it with the first box if I have time before they bring the second.

I'll give an update when I have one.


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