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Old Sep 5th, 2005, 01:37 PM   #1
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Hello, New Member Here... I have a question for you all...

Right now I have a very small network in my apartment. It consists of a cable modem that I bought from Rogers (ISP), a Linksys BEFSR41 V3 router (latest firmware), a WinXP SP2 PC and an Xbox. I also own a US Robotics wired switch that I am not using right now.

The cable modem, router and PC are in my Den, and I've got a line going to the living room for my xbox. This is a wired network right now.

I plan on purchasing an iBook and airport express from the apple store as soon as my student loan comes in. I'd like to put the airport express in my living room, as A) it's quite central to my apartment B) Airtunes to my home theater via Airport Express... Mmmmmm

My question is this, will this scenario work?



I could run another line from my router out to the living room, but since this is an apartment, and I know the landlords, I'd rather not add another unsightly line around door jams, and whatnot if I can avoid it. I also do not wish to replace my existing router with another one that is wireless... money is an issue.

For the network, I would like the iBook to beablel to surf the web as well as talk to my WinXP machine so I can work on Word files on both machines... (I'll be buying MS Office for Mac) My printer is setup through my PC so I'd like to be able to print from my iBook as well, but I won't connect the printer to the airport extreme... (who wants a printer in their living room next to the home theater?)

Looking forward to some well informed replies...

Thanks all, this site looks like an excellent resourse for Canucks with Macs!

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Your setup looks like it should work without issue. But why wouldn't you use the router to plug into the Airport and XBOX, instead of adding another switch? Is this to prevent two wires instead of one from the router to the switch (I'm guessing the switch is to be placed in the living room)?

You might need to set the switch as an uplink, but give it a try and feel free post your results.
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Old Sep 5th, 2005, 02:28 PM   #3
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Yes, I'd rather only have one line going into the living room. Hmmm, now you asking about setting the switch has me confused. As I remember, there are no settings I can do on the switch, it's strictly a line in and 4 lines out for ethernet. Perhaps it's merely a hub? I don't have it with me right now, I lent it to a buddy a while back who was using it for Xbox Lan parties... I planned on getting it back once I get my iBook.

If indeed it is just a hub, would that scenario work?

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Old Sep 5th, 2005, 02:57 PM   #4
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Does your router have an uplink button? I do not know if this is a necessity, but it might cause problems otherwise. I'm not a complete networking expert--maybe someone else here can shed some light on this subject.
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Put the Router in the living room attached to the modem.. attach all the devices to it except the iBook. Then, throw away the switch.. it's useless Tada, instant network Just make sure the express is set to bridge mode.

Is moving the modem to the living room an option? It would be the easiest solution.
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router in living room an option? Not really....

A) this is a very old house with very old wiring. (only one outlet in each room). With so much stuff plugged into that one circut already, [5 lights, 2 phone chargers[[cordless and cell]], 32 inch TV, Home Theater Receiver, subwoofer, DVD player, PVR, Xbox, VCR, Cassette Deck [always off now-a-days] Just adding the airport extreme may tax my power needs let alone adding a cable modem and router to that circut.

B) When the cable guys came when I subscribed to Rogers, they brought a brand new secondary line in from hub outside to feed my cable modem. The feed is into my Den. I now have two separate cable feeds, one for TV cable, and the other for internet cable! How lucky is that? I have very fast cable all the time now with pings between 25-35 for games! There is no way in HE-double hockey sticks I'm going to have this cable modem share the line with my digital cable now!

So I'd rather keep my setup basically the way it is if possible... If I can't, I will run another ethernet line from my router to my airport extreme and ignore the switch, but as I said, I'd rather not if I can help it.

Anyone else know if my plan laid out in my first post will work or not?

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Technically, it should work !

hub or switch : doesn't matter...or it's on;y a matter of speed, hub = speed split among computers whearas switch = full speed for each one.

make sure when you set up the express to distribute a different set of IPs.

Linksys router will most probably give out 192.168.x.x network adresses. On the express , use the 10.0.x.x to avoid conflits between two computers having the same IP since the connection is not using a bridge, but a different subnet.

and yes, they'll still see each other.
at least, the mac seee the rest, as for the PC, sometimes, it doesn't see a mac on a network.
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