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Floppy Disk Router for ADSL???
adrian.patten Jul-24-01 12:36 PM
Hello,
I am after a floppy disk router for ADSL, I am searching something like freesco but I can't seem to find anything that works.
Ive tried the following
http://www.freesco.org/~jurik/
http://www.bbiagent.net
But I cant seem to get them working.
Has anyone got any other idea's?



1. RE: Floppy Disk Router for ADSL???
lbyard Jul-24-01 04:03 PM
In response to message 0
Please define floppy disk router. Is your ADSL service using ATMoE?

Q. What are the ways to share a broadband (cable or DSL MODEM) Internet connection?

A. There are few ways to do it. One is to purchase another IP address from your provider. The best way is to purchase a broadband router such as the SMC Barricade (http://duxcw.com/digest/Reviews/Network/smc/smc7004br/smc7004br.htm). That is what I use. They cost about $100.

The Barricade has serial port for an external dial-up MODEM and a printer port and printer server. A printer can be connected to the Barricade and shared by computers on the local network. Not all printers will work with it. Many routers do not accommodate an Internet connection via an external dial-up MODEM and do not have printer port and server.

The barricade would also replace your hub with a switch. Your hub can be plugged into the Barricade if you ever get more than four PCs.

There are also single port routers on the market, routers that do not include an Ethernet switch or hub (http://duxcw.com/faq/network/hubsw.htm). I will review one shortly.

Another way to do it is with a software solution. There are two flavors: a proxy server and a NAT (Network Address Translator). I have found that a NAT works best for a small network. Windows 98 Second Edition (SE) and Millennium (Me) include ICS (Internet Connection Sharing; http://duxcw.com/digest/Howto/network/win98se/intro.htm and http://duxcw.com/digest/Howto/network/win98se_cab/intro.htm). It works OK for basic browsing and E-Mail functions, but has problems with some network games and conferencing programs, etc. It requires two network adapters in the PC connected to the Internet, one to the MODEM and the other to another PC via a crossover cable (http://duxcw.com/digest/Howto/network/cable/cable1.htm) or to a hub with a straight-thru cable as you have now. You would have to buy another adapter and cable.

Of the software I have tested, I have found that SyGate (http://duxcw.com/digest/Reviews/Network/sygate/sygate.htm) is the best NAT (it can also function as a proxy). The version of SyGate I reviewed requires two network adapters like Win 98 SE/Me ICS. The newest version is advertised to work with one network adapter in the host computer (the one running the NAT).

With a software solution you must have the host computer on for the other computer(s) (clients) to use the Internet. Most routers are small boxes running a specialized server that performs both NAT and firewall functions. With a router, only the router has to be on. The router is also easier to install, is generally faster, and has fewer problems.
Larry


2. RE: Floppy Disk Router for ADSL???
adrian.patten Jul-25-01 03:23 AM
In response to message 1
Thankyou for your reply.
My ISP (telstra) Uses PPPOE and has supplied me with a Alcatel Speed Touch Home ADSL modem.
I have not been able to share this connection with
ICS that's built into Windows 2000.
Although I have found a software product that install's the PPPoe software into windows 2000.
(Yes it works well but not what I need!)

What I want is a solution like freesco.
www.freesco.org anyone who has used it before will agree it's far better for internet sharing in windows because it has a firewall built in.
Add that with Zonealarm and you have two firewalls protecting you.

As I mentioned before I have found another product but it doesn't really work at all.
Please visit my link's and you will see
whatI am talking about as these are a cheap
and highly stable product, but it t doesn't
work with ADSL!!!!!


3. RE: Floppy Disk Router for ADSL???
lbyard Jul-25-01 06:23 AM
In response to message 2
I now see what you mean by a “floppy disk router.” I would not have two firewalls installed. If your ADSL MODEM is connected to your computer with an Ethernet interface, I would suggest spending the money for a router, which is the same sort of thing as a floppy disk router, except it is smaller, costs money, doesn’t have a floppy drive, and uses less energy. The SMC Barricade, which I use, is also a very good hardware firewall. If your MODEM has a USB interface, that is probably causing the problem with the software that you mention. Larry

4. RE: Floppy Disk Router for ADSL???
shoagie Jul-26-01 10:49 PM
In response to message 3
I used the SMC Broadband Router successfully in the past. Works great! thanks for previous info Larry. I also used ISC successfully with cable. Now I need to connect 3 PC's on a new network to ISDN.
1.) Will the SMC Barricade work with the ISDN line?
2.) Alternative: Will ICS work with ISDN.
3.) Do I need any special modem to benefit the full maximum band width of ISDN?
Thanks Larry,
Stephen

5. RE: Floppy Disk Router for ADSL???
lbyard Jul-27-01 03:33 PM
In response to message 4
1.) Will the SMC Barricade work with the ISDN line? It should according to the SMC documentation.
2.) Alternative: Will ICS work with ISDN. It should, but I have not done it.
3.) Do I need any special modem to benefit the full maximum band width of ISDN? I don’t know. We don’t have ISDN.

Larry


6. RE: Floppy Disk Router for ADSL???
shoagie Jul-27-01 10:04 PM
In response to message 5
Thanks Larry

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