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By IsamuKusanagi ·
ya, i don't even know if this thread is in the right section, but if it's not, i'm sure someone will move it and i will know better next time.

i'm having a problem setting up my home network.
before, i had the network setup like this

internet, then router which goes to 1 computer and a hub that goes to another 5 computers

what i'm trying to do, but not having much luck is

internet, then firewalled computer/game server to a hub, then to all other computers in the house

the computer i'm using as the firewall is an AMD Duron 700mhz running WinXPPro and zonealarm

there are 2 network cards in the comp, both are identical 10/100 cards. not sure what to do anymore. it does get the internet though. i wouldn't be posting if it didn't. but none of the other computers can see this one, nor can they access the internet either

any suggestions or corrections would be appreciated
thanks

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Switches Switches Switches

by CG IT In reply to network setup

and I don't mean those S&M/B&amp switches who are sometimes dominant and sometimes submissives.

Setup. ISP modem to consumer level router, then [if you want cuz there's not enough ports on the router] to a SWITCH.

Dump the hubs!!! hubs send packets to ALL computers connected to it hoping to find the right host[broadcasts to ALL ports]. With a switch, it goes to the port and only the port which the host destination is connected to.

question, why do you want one computer as the gateway? you CAN setup a SOHO that way but that computer has to be on ALL the time for others to have internet access AND you can only use a static IP scheme [note: the nic on the gateway computer that is connected to the ISP modem is the default gateway IP address for client computers.

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Switches Switches Switches

by CG IT In reply to network setup

and I don't mean those S&M/B&amp switches who are sometimes dominant and sometimes submissives. [gods, I gotta get out more]

Setup. ISP modem to consumer level router, then [if you want cuz there's not enough ports on the router] to a SWITCH.

Dump the hubs!!! hubs send packets to ALL computers connected to it hoping to find the right host[broadcasts to ALL ports]. With a switch, it goes to the port and only the port which the host destination is connected to.

question, why do you want one computer as the gateway? you CAN setup a SOHO that way but that computer has to be on ALL the time for others to have internet access AND you can only use a static IP scheme [note: the nic on the gateway computer that is connected to the ISP modem is the default gateway IP address for client computers.

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You could try this

by Rabbit_Runner In reply to Switches Switches Switche ...

Here is a possible solution for you.
Find/get a low end Pentium computer with 2 gig HD, 32 - 48 meg ram and 2 NICs. Download IPCOP and use it as a firewall for your network. www.ipcop.net. This is a free download and all instructions are on the site. All configuration is done through a web interface. With this in place, all of your computers could be placed on your LAN and use them for whatever purpose you wish.

Just a thought.

Michael R.

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