Home networking help

October 11, 2010 at 14:59:40
Specs: win xp pro, xp 2800+ / 1 Gb
I have a dilema. I'm hoping there is a way around this without an additional computer.

I have a desktop computer, connected to a wireless network. That connection is shared, through ethernet to a linksys router through the "internet" port. That connection is broadcasted wirelessly to the rest of my house.

I need an AP style network because my playstation does not support a wireless ad hoc network :(.

My problem is, the desktop computer sharing the wireless connection is on the wrong side of the router. Therefore my playstation cannot connect to it, and use it as a media server.

I have tried:
Disabling DHCP in the router. Connecting cable to port "1" rather than "internet". I could not get the router to share the internet connection, unless I assigned the desktop an IP address 192.168.0.xx... and when it shared the internet connection it was not available to other computers/devices on the network.
Now, if I assigned the desktop computer 192.168.1.xx, the computer was available on the network, but the internet connection was not shared throughout the wireless network. I tried the same as above, wirelessly with the same results.

I have also tried to connect the desktop to the wireless router using an additional wireless adapter. This was in addition to the shared wireless connection, and ethernet cable going into the "internet port of the router". I tried that with DHCP on, it did not work. I also tried bogus DNS settings so it would not attempt to connect to the internet, that did not work either... I honestly did not expect it to as it was a pretty complicated setup.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

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October 11, 2010 at 15:17:24
Your description is hard to decypher.

Your linksys a wireless router? Or by broadcast wirelessly do you mean you have a wireless modem and it is doing the broadcast?

Is this your setup?
wireless modem<>wireless card[PC]nic<>linksys router<> other pcs

Why are you not connecting the PS via wired?

Post the results of an ipconfig /all from the host pc for review.

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October 11, 2010 at 15:27:05
You're correct, sorry for the unclear description.

The linksys router is a wireless router. I am not connecting the PS3 wired because it is far away, and ATM I do not have an additional NIC installed on the desktop computer.

I will post the ipconfig when I get home.


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October 11, 2010 at 16:12:56
Might want to consider buying a network bridge or if a wired pc is near to it just connect a 5 port switch to the cable and then wire the pc and ps2 to the switch

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October 11, 2010 at 18:10:26
Thanks for the help.

Unless someone chimes in with a magical setting that will make everything work, I think I'll just move my desktop next to my PS3, and use another computer to receive the wireless signal and redistribute it to the router.

I appreciate your time!

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October 11, 2010 at 21:27:54
I think you have a good plan there considering the physical limitations. Thanks for posting your decision.

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