New install WRT54G without broadband connection

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by jwed, Dec 1, 2005.

  1. jwed

    jwed Network Guru Member

    I'm in the process of setting up a new network connection using the WRT54G. I currently have a peer to peer connection between my two PC's sharing a 56k internet connection, which was good enough, but now I'm getting a laptop with a wireless network card. I would still like to keep my slow internet connection, but share it with the new laptop as well. After I bought the WRT54G I noticed on the directions that it said you couldn't hook up to a 56k internet connection. I got a great deal on this router with rebates and would like to keep it if their is a work around for my internet connection.
  2. OldeBill

    OldeBill Network Guru Member

    What's the interface to the 56kbps Internet connection

    What's the interface to the 56kbps Internet connection, and how is it being shared between two PCs? I don't suppose this is a dial up connection that the two PCs take turns using, is it?

    The short story is, if there isn't an Ethernet connection (or 802.1b/g wireless connection) that the router can attach to, it's gonna be difficult. In fact, it may be more complex and expensive than is worthwhile. Knowing more about the current configuration will be helpful.
  3. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    One possible way...

    Pick one of your computers to be the Internet connection. Use Internet Connection Sharing over the Ethernet adapter on that machine to share the Internet connection with your WRT54G. Hook the WRT54G's WAN port to the Ethernet adapter on that computer.

    This may require some configuration on the WRT54G, as I know little about Internet Connection Sharing and how IP addresses are assigned to the shared client. But, once the WRT4G is configured and connected to the main computer, then... the WRT54G should be able to share that Internet connection out to as many other clients as you can stand on a 56K dialup. ;)
  4. jwed

    jwed Network Guru Member

    I currently have an ethernet connection between my two PC's with one sharing the 56k internet connection. The PC with the modem is running XP and other is running Win2000. I pretty much had the same idea about hooking up to the WRT54G by plugging the PC with the 56k modem into the internet port on the WRT54G and plugging the other computer into the "1" port. If this would work what would I need to do to config the WRT54G and the two PC's. Should I reconfig my current internet sharing between the two PC's before hooking into the WRT54G.
  5. OldeBill

    OldeBill Network Guru Member

    Let's see if I have this right...

    Internet===Modem===PC1==ethernet ICS port==PC2

    If so, the WRT54G will add a couple of ports to the existing PC-to-PC LAN as well as wireless Access Point capabilities. You could attach the existing PC1 Ethernet to the WAN port of the router, that will put PC2 on a separate LAN segment and it's not clear to me what the benefit would be.

    Attaching both the the LAN ports of the router will leave both on the same segment and continue to support full peer-to-peer connections between PCs. Don't forget to sort out how IP addresses are to be assigned i.e., Static or DHCP (and who's the client and who's the server).
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