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By Kevin Anderson ·
I've asked this question before, but I think I worded it poorly, so the results weren't what I was after.

I will soon have a Win2K Pro PC set up to share a cable modem connection through my house. In addition to the NIC, I want to have a 10 Meg connection shared through a hub for my wife and kids on their PCs. ALSO, I have a much more heavily used machine connected to the Win2K pc at 100 Megs. Right now, the server can see everything, but nothing on the 10 Meg segment can see my 100 meg segment and vice versa. Since I occasionally want to play games with friends (one PC on the 10 meg, one on the 100) I need the 2KPro box to allow routing from the 10 meg segment through onto the 100 meg one. I could turn on IP Forwarding, but that isn't recommended on a proxy server (which mine is). I want to know if I can specify something along the lines of

*Allow 10 meg internal traffic onto the 100 meg segment
*Allow 100 meg traffic onto the 10 Meg segment
*Let the proxy take care ofall access onto the

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by Aaron V In reply to More on routing with Win2 ...

I am going to guess that your proxy has one 100MB NIC and one 10MB NIC.

If you still want to route, and have everything communicate, then I would do this:
Proxy server - leave it as-is. Use the internal connection to talk with all other machines.

Spend US$100 and purchase a 10/100 autosensing hub. I picked one up with 8 ports and had it shipped overnight from Outpost.com.

Then you can put any of your connections into your 10/100 hub (still have the Cable modem connection only on theProxy server). Point all your machines at the Proxy for Internet access, and you should be set.

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by Kevin Anderson In reply to More on routing with Win2 ...
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by Inspectorclave In reply to More on routing with Win2 ...

I DEFINITELY agree with answer #1. However, if you want to increase the efficiency of your network traffic, for the same price (about $100) you can pickup a linksys 5 port 10/100 autosensing switch as opposed to the hub. I have a cable modem myself. When I started I had a hub on the network but I noticed some lag due to the hub forwarding all packets to all connections. I replaced the hub with a switch and my throughput skyrocketed. Check out http://www.linksys.com/products/product.asp?prid=19&grid=7 for more info on the switch.

Here is a site that sells the switch for less than $100: http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/default.asp?EDC=173399

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by Kevin Anderson In reply to More on routing with Win2 ...
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by McKayTech In reply to More on routing with Win2 ...

I especially agree with answer #2 - with the cable modem, you're going to have yet one more NIC and things are going to get really hairy if you are going to use Internet Connection Sharing on the W2K PC and try to have a 3-way multi-homed, proxy-serving workstation. It's not the right product for the job.

With inexpensive 10/100 switches available, trying to create high and low speed segments via IP addressing just adds needless complexity and will not support the answer you want.

The 10meg NIC goes directly to the cable modem, the 100meg NIC goes full-duplex to the switch (along with any other 100meg workstations) and the switch uplink port goes to the 10meg hub.

regards!

paul

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by Kevin Anderson In reply to More on routing with Win2 ...
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by tjswann In reply to More on routing with Win2 ...

I propose that you spend $199.00 and purchase the item below from CompUSA. This router has the features of a much higher priced unit...,
http://www.linksys.com/products/product.asp?prid=20&grid=5

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