Converting a Wired Workgroup

July 7, 2010 at 03:14:09
Specs: Windows XP
Hey all,
I've got a workgroup with 8 desktops connected through a hub.
Internet connection is through ADSL in one of the machines and internet is shared among the others using proxy.

The above is my current network setup.

Now, I've recently got a new laptop that i want to connect to the workgroup through WLAN.

The above is what i plan to setup but i have no clue as to how i have to go about this. I want my laptop to connect to the internet too but i cant setup the wifi directly to the modem.

Please Help.

Thanks And Regards


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July 7, 2010 at 04:55:48
It looks like your present setup had the internet going through one computer and that computer is serving it up to the rest via ICS or something like that.

If you buy a SOHO Router, you should really change your setup so it looks like the following:

Internet Modem >> SOHO Router >> Switch >> Clients

This puts all your clients behind the firewall built into the router protecting them from intrusion.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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July 7, 2010 at 05:03:32
You appear to be using one of the desktop as an Internet host. That is the wrong way to do it. Fine if you only had two or three computers but cumbersome with seven.

The correct set up should be Modem > Router > Switch > Computers.

Most home routers come with four Ethernet ports. As you have seven computers you need the switch to add the other three, There is no direct connection between the Modem and any of the computers.

It is the router that does the Internet sharing. It takes the Internet connection form the Modem and shares it out to all the computer via Network Address Translation.

Once you have the wired networks setup you can then connect the wireless computer. You need to read the instructions for the router very carefully. It is the router that does most of the work.


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