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Topic # 8002 27-May-2006 10:47
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Dear All

I need an idiots guide to setting up a second computer to my broadband connection.

The telstra guy set up two computers to go through a xh8258 dse switch. Both can connect to the internet but not at the same time (something about an ip sharing violation)

I want a third compuer to connect as well.

I have been given Ip adress Info, Gateway Info, DNS info but not sure what to do with this.

I can see that this info does not match the settings on the third computer but there does not seem to be any way to change it.  I think I need to change the gateway number on one of the other computers but again how???

I have read all the forum info I can find but my simple mind can not process the strange verbage.

An Idiots step by step guide would be gratefully received.

I do not want a hme network just share the internet connection if possible.

Love tralala99

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Reply # 36790 27-May-2006 11:10
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You need a router for what you want to do, not a switch. The router will be configured with the Telstra IP address, and then provide internal network addresses to each of your computers.

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Reply # 36793 27-May-2006 11:42
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Thanks for that. Given that I have not got a router how do I configure a laptop with XP home to use the same connection (not at the same time). I still don't seem to be able to do this as the ip adressess etc are greyed out and not changeable??)

It must be possible since the Telstra guy set up 2 different computersto do this

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Reply # 36803 27-May-2006 13:07
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I would highly reccomend a router. You can get some really cheap ones, that are easy to set up even if you don't have clue about IP networking. In my Dad's office (self employed) we have two computers. A Win XP and a Linux box. We also have a netowork printer.

We recently purchased a D-Link router with 10 ports and a LPT printer port (so you can share a computer amongst multiple computers) and I had it up and running sharing our TelstraClear cable connection in about 10 minutes.

Another option would be to purchase a second network card for one of your PCs and then set it up to forward the network to the switch (ie a Win XP based router), and then leave it running 24/7 so all the computers can access the internet.

Pretty easy to do search "Internet Connection Sharing" under Windows Help for details.

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Reply # 36895 28-May-2006 15:47
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Thanks for the help. I will purchase a router and then back for more help I guess

Love tralala99

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Reply # 36903 28-May-2006 16:35
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The score is now 2 Love

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Reply # 36948 29-May-2006 00:53
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Just be careful when you go to set up the router. I get so many people that leave the Telstraclear IP settings in their computer, and can't figure out why their computer won't talk to the router! Although perhaps the main problem is that telstra, like most ISPs, refuse to support 3rd party devices at all, even when most steps in their setup are very similar.


1) If you haven't already done so, note down the IP, router/gateway, subnet mask, and DNS server addresses (x 2). (You should have been given these details by the install tech, otherwise you should be able to get them from the TC helpdesk)

2) Set all the computers back to being assigned an IP address automatically (ie: using DHCP), then when they get plugged into the router (or connected wirelessly) they'll be assigned an address that lets them talk to the router. (Start > Control Panel> Network Connections > Local Area Connection > Properties > TCP/IP Properties)

3) Either use the CD if your router comes with one, or log into the router's setup webpage (usually or perhaps or on some - if your setup CD is anything like my USR9106 one, I'd recommend the web-based setup!!), plug in those IP details using a Static IP configuration and if 2 + 2 = 4 then your router, and hence your computers, should be able to talk to the internet!

Basically, Telstraclear/paradise/ they want to call themselves (and most Home/SOHO ISPs for that matter) only give you one IP address, so the router gets assigned that and essentially keeps tabs of which computer requested a peice of data and directs it accordingly.

Hope this makes things smoother for you!


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Reply # 36949 29-May-2006 01:05
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Oooh, also forgot to say: When you go to get your router, make sure you get an ethernet router NOT AN ADSL router.

ADSL do not have the correct connections to plug into your cable modem (the ADSL ones plug directly into the phone line for those of us who must endure Telecon's "world class" CUBS/RUBS/WUBS/enter-more-dsl-acronyms-here). Sorry, I know, not the time nor place for an I hate Telecom rant.  

Make sure you get one with an ethernet WAN port (this connects to your cable modem) and enough LAN ethernet ports for each of your computers (generally consumer routers will have 4 ports for this).



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Reply # 36961 29-May-2006 08:49
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tralala99, If you live in wellington, email me, I can help.

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