View Full Version : Roadrunner Networking Question
08-27-2001, 06:12 PM
Alrighty guys, I am connected to Roadrunner Cable and aqm trying to get my second computer to have an internet connection...I have a hub which connects the 2 computers and the cable modem - but I can only get one computer at any given time to have an internet connection..I used to have cox and did all of this with no problm, is there an easy way to get things going (settings, etc.)? Has anyone else had a similar problem with roadrunner? As far as i know they don't offer additional IP's and will not do any support for home networking...
08-27-2001, 07:13 PM
you need a router...
I would recommend a linksys 2 port router... it works great with road runner... but not with pacbell DSL...
the problem is you have one static IP.. and you have no way of connecting 2 pc's with it...
with a router.. you form internal dynamic IPs .. the linksys one allows upto 231 dynamic IPs i think..
so what you do is.. connect the cable to the router.. the router to the modem.. then the modem to a hub...
so connect the computers to the HUB.....
everything should work out fine...
08-28-2001, 02:07 AM
hmm, there doesn't seem to be a static IP in the settings - if there were, it would've been assigned. I've gotten both computers to connect (only one will work at a time) - but each computer recieves different IP's when you renew in winipcfg...Basically I just hate to go out and spend more money - is there another way? Are you sure that this is the problem?
08-28-2001, 03:20 AM
i know that is the problem.. cause i have roadrunner at home... and that is the only way I got the things to work..
now.. a more TECHINCAL way...
would be to make one computer a gateway... using an OS like WIN ME or WIN 2K....
that way.. one PC is on all the time, and the other gets it's IP through the dummy gaeway you set up...
it is VERY complicated and VERY hard to get this to work... after about 10 tries.. it finally worked.. but the speeds were so horrible.. i just bought a router instead...
atleast a router will split the bandwith somewhat equally among the connections...
the dummy gateway ... doesn't ... so one PC goes super fast.. and the other superslow..
or.. at least for me it did..
08-28-2001, 03:21 AM
If you are using Windows 98SE or above, why not just try using Internet Connection Sharing?
OK. I have Roadrunner also. It's simple. They only offer 1 ip per customer. If you would like another IP they charge $15/Month. Well, at least thats what they charged me. So Finally I got a router to bypass that. I would recommend the router because the 15/month adds up pretty quickly and most routers can be had for under 100 (especially with Got|Apex ;D)
08-28-2001, 12:49 PM
Okay, thanks for the help guys...a shame - I never had this problem with Cox Cable...I was always able to find an IP that worked...
any recommendations on the type of router? Also, there are no major setup issues are there?
08-28-2001, 06:30 PM
I have road runner and use to have more than 1 IP before I bought my router. I believe they charged me $5 extra for each IP. Now I use the netgear rt314 and I love it, but the lynksys router is very popular and pretty good from what I hear.
08-29-2001, 12:06 AM
lynksys sucks on PPPoE
you know you have that when they make you use software like enternet to access the web
so far I have only heard of DSL using it..
the problem is that the router loses conection for no reason at all...
it works great with RR....
i've also heard many good things about the SMC barricade i think it is called...
they have a nice deal on it @ amazon
I have the SMC Barricade Router and I like that a lot. It has a printer server on it and is pretty nifty.
09-07-2001, 10:19 AM
my advice...build a linux firewall/router box.
yeah, it's difficult if you're a linux rookie...and yeah it'll frustrate the hell out of you, but it'll be a learning experience.
all you need is a 486 and 2 NICs
the router box has the IP assigned from Roadrunner, and the other 2 PCs are on their own network.
and just think how cool you'll feel when your friends, say "what's up with that old piece of sh|t pc on your floor there..." and you fire back.."it's my linux firewall/router box...what are you, simple?"
09-07-2001, 04:27 PM
Man. . . maybe I'm stupid but my roadrunner in San Diego is a dynamic ip, no static ip for me. So the router I have takes care of that problem though. . .
09-07-2001, 04:35 PM
No need for a router. Just get an ethernet hub. Primary computer has 2 net cards: one to the cable modem, one to the hub. Second computer has a net card to the hub. Main computer runs proxy software (I use WinGate, but I guess Internet Connection Sharing should work). Also, if you are running a firewall on the primary system (such as ZoneAlarm), be sure to configure it so that it doesn't block traffic from the second system.
09-08-2001, 09:44 AM
I had a firewall setup and could not get the client computer to have internet access. Turned the firewall off, and voila, internet access. It's funny because the client can still access the shared drive on the main computer with the firewall on.
So, what settings do you have to change to allow internet sharing through firewall?
09-08-2001, 01:09 PM
On ZoneAlarm, you go to the Security screen, then click on Advanced Settings. On that screen you add the IP address of the ethernet card that is used to communicate to the hub in your Local zone, or just check it on it if it is already there.
09-08-2001, 02:42 PM
I'll try that...
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