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Home Network Problem

Discussion in 'Networking' started by monolitus, Sep 3, 2005.

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  1. monolitus

    monolitus Thread Starter

    Sep 3, 2005
    I'm trying to upgrade my home network to support wireless connetion with limited success...

    My conifguration is:

    1. Win XP SP2 computer ("big comp") used as a router, connected to ADSL modem. This computer has USB wireless NIC, nVidia MCP NIC, and realtec NIC (which connects to the modem)

    2. Win XP SP2 computer (small comp) - used as a client that connects to big comp via ethernet cable.

    3. Win XP SP2 centrino IBM x31 laptop, used as a client connected to big comp with built in wireless.

    I bridged the LAN and the wireless connection in big comp using nViidia MCP bridging capability. i then enabled ICS on the bridge.
    both comupters got 192.168.0.X addresses (bog comp was and the dafault GW) but only the small comp got PING replay and could surf the internet.
    I can work with the laptop only when there is no bridge and the LAN interface in big comp is disabled .....
    i don't know what's the problem ....

    1. MCP bridge ?
    2. ICS lack of support ? maybe if i can use a routing software i would not have to use the bridge a do ICS on different IP subnets ?

    please help ...

  2. jp1203


    Jul 20, 2005
    I would buy a router, and use it instead of the Computer it would simplify it so much, and Linksys is offering a 30$ rebate on anything 'b' if you can handle the slight lack of speed.
  3. bearone2

    bearone2 Banned

    Jun 4, 2004
    it's not a server.

    usb, mcp and realtek nics are probably confusing the system.

    i have a wired router and run a wap to the laptops for wireless.
  4. TerryNet

    TerryNet Moderator

    Mar 23, 2005
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    Have no idea if this would work, but I'd try:

    Get rid of the bridge, keep the ICS that's working with big and small comp; assign static IP, gateway, dns to the laptop similar to what it is getting with dhcp (e.g., IP, mask, gateway and DNS [whatever]).

    Wireless router, as the others pointed out, would greatly simplify your network, and the other computers could internet with big comp off.
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