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littlefish
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Icon 13 posted October 26, 2002 10:25      Profile for littlefish   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
So this last week, we upgraded to cable broadband from telewest. What I know now, but didn't before is that the isp will only allow one active MAC address at a time. Which is very annoying if you want to switch the connection between computers. Grrr.

However there are ways around it. We can buy a router or get a new NIC and shove it in an old linux box (so it has 2 and can act as a gateway). Unfortunately, that beast is LOUD and I wouldn't want it on all the time.

So now we have choices to make. Do we leave the modem where it is, connected to the ibook, or do we move it elsewhere and buy hardware as cheaply as possible?

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Icon 3 posted October 28, 2002 08:23      Profile for nekomatic     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Airport??
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littlefish
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Icon 1 posted October 28, 2002 08:29      Profile for littlefish   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Money??

We are all poor students, and as we all have ethernet cards, but no airport, it is probably much cheaper to get wires in. Also there are 3 of us, which rules out a software base station, which means more cost...

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Icon 1 posted October 28, 2002 08:34      Profile for LostInColorado     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
quote:
Originally posted by littlefish:
Money??

We are all poor students, and as we all have ethernet cards, but no airport, it is probably much cheaper to get wires in. Also there are 3 of us, which rules out a software base station, which means more cost...

The Linux box option would probably be good enough. Be sure to enable either ipchains or iptable, get a dhcp server on the box and configure it properly.

You might be able to find a fairly inexpensive home gateway, such as the Linksys ones.... I think that you can get them for less than 100USD nowadays. It will hide the internal network from the ISP and provide some firewall capabilities. Might be enough to keep you out of trouble while sharing that precious broadband connection.

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Icon 11 posted October 28, 2002 08:53      Profile for nekomatic     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Sorry, when you wrote "between computers" I assumed "two", not "several"...

Agree the Linux box as router is probably the way to go. Underclock it so it doesn't need a fan [Wink]

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Icon 1 posted October 28, 2002 12:12      Profile for Zwilnik   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
You need the cable version of D-Link's DSL-504, which is an ADSL modem/router with 4 ethernet ports and sold by Dabs Direct for around 90 quid (between 3 of you that's 30 quid each). worth checking on Dabs to see if they do a cable version (they usually do), there's also a NetGear one that's possibly cheaper.

If your current cable modem has an ethernet connection, say 'Yay!' now, as you only need to get a router, and that's only 50-60 or so.

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