How do I sort the order of NICs

March 11, 2009 at 02:27:54
Specs: Windows XP, T7300 / 2G Ram
My server has two NICs. NIC1 is connecting to Internet and NIC2 is connecting to internal network. This morning I ran the windows update and after the update, all the traffic seemed to direct to NIC2. I have to disable NIC2 so I can connect to internet.

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#1
March 11, 2009 at 06:04:24
What are you using to NAT......ICS or RRAS?

Whichever, it sounds like the update messed something up in the settings of whichever you're using.

IMHO, your best bet is to go with a SOHO router and not use a computer at all for NAT.


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#2
March 11, 2009 at 07:41:29
to Curt R:
It should be ICS. Is there anyway to fix the server without using a soho router?

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#3
March 11, 2009 at 07:46:31
There should not be a gateway entry on nic2. Is there now?

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#4
March 11, 2009 at 09:41:37
Take a look for the gateway IP as wanderer said.

I recommended a SOHO router for a couple of reasons:

1) They're pretty cheap these days
2) They come with a builtin Firewall as well as NAT and DHCP
3) Your present setup means you have to have the PC on and running in order for other LAN clients to access the internet. A SOHO router means you don't have to.

If you can afford the $40 to $50 for a SOHO router, I'd definately go that route.


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#5
March 12, 2009 at 17:19:04
I think I find the problem.

Somehow the update reset the IP on NIC2 to auto. Once I reconfigurate the IP, everything goes back to normal. As for the SOHO router, thanks for the suggestion and I'll definitely give it a try.

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