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  #887983 1-Sep-2013 22:25
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matt17: Ok - how do I set a static IP for the Huawei? Does turning off DHCP in the Huawei have this effect?

When I check my IP address is the iMac's 'Network' preference pane, it does seem to be moving around. It's currently at - I'm sure the other day it was .112.

Yup, thats how DHCP works.
matt17: Also - how do I check the IP addresses of  the Time Capsule? I think the D-Link seems static at as if I enter that into a browser, it brings up the D-Link's login page. 

The internet feed from the D-Link currently enters the Huawei (via ethernet cable) - can I simply use a spare ethernet port on the Huawei and link it to the iMac using a cable?

Yes you can. But if the Huawei has the same IP address as the DLink it won't send traffic on to the DLink. There will be a "LAN" or similar local network setting in the Huawei where you enter IP address of the router (eg; subnet mask ( and choices for local address allocation (DHCP off — or perhaps DHCP relay from the DLink).

With DHCP off you will not be able to access the Huawei for setup etc unless its already connected to the DLink because the DLink is the only router that tells everything how to use the network.

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  #888007 1-Sep-2013 23:53
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Thanks for all the advice but sadly I had to pull the pin on the Huawei. It killed the network (wireless) at the other end of the house - not sure if it was a problem with the D-Link or the Time Capsule that was generating the wireless network. In any case, as soon as I connected the ethernet cable connecting the D-Link to the Huawei - the network around the D-Link went down. As soon as I disconnected the cable - the network functioned. Weird thing is that the wireless network created by the Huawei functioned fine - even though the wireless network around the D-Link was on the blink. 

I have now completely removed the Huawei - so an ethernet cable connects the D-Link to the iMac - and I use 'Internet Sharing' to get the iMac to create a wireless network for the iPhones and iPads. Not ideal as it obviously only works when the iMac is on. 

I might bite the bullet and buy an Airport Express...and hope like hell that it doesn't cause the same problems that the Huawei did. 

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