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# 136326 23-Nov-2013 10:17
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Hi 

I've opted to go for a simple wired (ethernet) network to stream HD movies and hi-res audio from the desktop in my office to two other rooms in the house.

My ethernet-equipped Panasonic BluRay player connects to the internet perfectly well but won't connect with local hard drives in the office. It's quite happy patched directly to a laptop, as it has its own IP address. However, connecting to my desktop machine means going via the router, which is assigning a generic IP from the DHCP pool and basically doesn't work. It would almost certainly work if I bypassed the router (and went wifi for internet) just as it does for the laptop, but of course this defeats the purpose of a wired network.  

So do I need to add another router into the chain? I'm no whizz with networks and can't quite get me head around it, but I'm thinking I should be using the Technicolor just as a modem? If so, how do I set it up?

Thanks in advance

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  # 939413 23-Nov-2013 10:23
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You don't need another router.

You need to make sure both computers are in the same network (e.g. 192.168.1.xxx). you have to make sure your shared folders access rights are correctly set and the laptop has the right credentials to access those shared folders. You might play with the router DHCP to assign static IP addresses to specific MAC addresses so the PCs always get the same IP addresses without you having to make a change on those PCs themselves.

Also check the firewall on your PCs to make sure they accept incoming connections - if you set up those in Windows and you set the network as "Business" or "External" then those ports will be closed. You can change the network to "Home" and I'd also add a firewall exception to allow incoming connecitons from the LAN range used by your network.




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  # 939415 23-Nov-2013 10:29
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Not something to do with the LAN issue reported for the Technicolor TG589 is it?

http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=39&topicid=131014

Do you have a stand alone switch or hub your could connect your wired devices to?

 
 
 
 




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  # 939485 23-Nov-2013 13:36
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hey, thanks for the replies.

It is a TG589, yes. While that thread describes a slightly different setup it does sound like the same issue. Fixing it sounds like a pain (and an expense) I could do without tbh. Thanks for pointing it out.

I don't have a hub or switch, and although I might consider one I figured I might do just as well plugging an external USB drive into the TG589 instead; I don't need anything other than a single networked drive really. Only to be met with another source of frustration – it'll only read flash drives?!

I've formatted a 2.5 USB every which way and it reports a formatting incompatibility every time. Put a thumb drive in and I have very low capacity but it does work. Any idea why it's flash only?

Incidentally thanks for the general tips freitasm, I've checked/tried most of those and I'm fairly sure it's the TG589 that's the problem.



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  # 939875 24-Nov-2013 14:10
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Just to bump this and hopefully find a cheap workaround, I wonder if anyone can recommend either (a) router/switch that works with the TG589v2 or (b) a modem/router to replace it that works properly over a LAN?

Also, has anyone ever successfully asked the Telecom service desk to swap out the hardware? This kit was advertised as having '4 x 100 Megabit Fast Ethernet LAN Ports' and 'DLNA certified for simple home networking'. If it doesn't do that, surely they have to supply something that does?

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  # 939915 24-Nov-2013 15:59
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'4 x 100 Megabit Fast Ethernet LAN Ports' and 'DLNA certified for simple home networking' are not features related to accessing mapped shares.






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  # 939967 24-Nov-2013 19:49
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I'm not sure I understand what you're saying: I was referring to the fact that the network doesn't function at all.

I'm simply trying to access files on one computer from another over a local network. I'm attempting to use AppleShare (afp) which I guess I should have mentioned... isn't mapped sharing a Windows protocol?






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  # 939968 24-Nov-2013 19:56
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Well, you didn't say anything about Apple... In any case the modem features you mentioned have nothing to do with either AFP or SMB.




 
 
 
 




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  # 944709 3-Dec-2013 13:29
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Just a FYI: I did finally get this fixed up by using a media server.

I used Serviio, a free (cross-platform) app that worked 'right out of the box' by pinging my BP and then populating its libraries with stuff on my local drives.

Easy ;)

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