setting up a home network

2wire 2wire homeportal 1000 w/adsl
July 2, 2010 at 04:53:06
Specs: Windows XP
I have a family member who is looking to switch from AT&T DSL to Comcast HSI for their home. They currently have a 2Wire 4-port wireless router that was supplied to them from AT&T. While it has 4 LAN ports, they are connecting their laptop to it via its wireless option. All is working good.

Now, if they switch from AT&T to Comcast, I was hoping they could simply use this 2wire router as part of their home network. have it as the wireless access point like it is functioning now.

I have done something similar with my own home network. I took an old AT&T supplied router gateway (NETOPIA brand) and converted it to an AP/4-port switch for my network. Basically, I disabled its DHCP and assigned it a fixed IP address for my network like 192.168.1.20. I was hoping I could do the same thing for my family member. Is this feasible?

The only thing I'm wondering about is that they wouldn't have a regular router hooked up to the cable modem like I have. My personal home setup is like this:

cable modem--->NETGEAR WPN824 router--->NETOPIA converted switch/AP--->PC

My family member's would be like this:

cable modem--->2Wire converted switch/AP--->PC

Is this doable? I'm thinking in order to accomplish this though, I would need to not only disable DHCP and assigned a fixed IP address for the converted 2wire gateway, I would also have to give the laptop it's own IP address of some kind (192.168.1.3) since there is nothing assigning it one. I know how to do this, but is this all that is needed?


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#1
July 2, 2010 at 05:01:43
It should be doable.

I have a 2wire combo unit (modem/router/acess point) as supplied by my provider and the only question I have is, since it's also a router, how will it behave in a situation like the one you describe.

It should work just fine. But if it doesn't you may need a different router. But, it will cost you nothing to try it.

The only thing you might have to change from the existing setup would be the WAN port settings once you plug the new modem into it.

The LAN side and the wireless you can likely leave as they are (as in, don't disable DHCP etc).

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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#2
July 2, 2010 at 05:15:37
Well, in the past with my home network, I have not used the WAN port at all on my converted NETOPIA gateway. It didn't work and I wasn't able to figure out how to reconfigure the WAN port to accept an incoming connection from my router.

Rather, I just connected one of my NETGEAR router's LAN ports into a LAN port on the Netopia. Then plug other devices into the other 3 available LAN ports on the NETOPIA. All has worked good with this setup. I realize I am probably losing a port this way, but like I said, I haven't been able to figure out how to properly configure the WAN port. It was a free piece of equipment so I wasn't sweating it too much anyway.


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#3
July 3, 2010 at 05:10:02
There are two different ways to add an additional router and you've touched on both.

Click on my name in any of my responses and read my "how-to" guide on 'Adding a second router' for a detailed explanation of either method.

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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