Hello, I have been reading some of the most helpful posts in this forum and thought I would throw this problem out there. Maybe someone here will know, as those at MSN tech support certainly don't!
I am running a two computer WinME 10Mbps network and I recently changed out my hub for a Linksys BEFSR41 router/switch and added MSN's Arescom 800 DSL modem. This modem is both USB and Ethernet compatible, which is where I get into trouble with MSN. Most people are going the USB route, and they have no idea about ethernet config. I have figured out how to get on the internet now, but I am still not satisfied with the setup. Here is what I had to do to get this stupid thing to work.
First off, nothing worked. This router supports DHCP, so it controls everthing. I started messing around with my router's subnet settings and lucked upon 255.255.255.252 instead of 255.255.255.0. Suddenly I popped online. However, I lost my local network and my router admin page suddenly disappeared. Through trial and error, I later determined that the router's default IP and the modem's default LAN IP were both 192.168.1.1! So, I changed the router to 192.168.1.100 (in the DHCP assigned rather than static range of IPs I think), set my default gateway's to same, and configured DNS to 192.168.1.1. This seems to work OK, but I decide to keep messing with it. Then I discover that the DSL modem will post an info page at it's IP-
Connection Status: Up
NAT IP Address: 65.102.XXX.XXX Encapsulations: PPPoA
Sent Packets: 11026 Received Packets: 9445
Sent Bytes: 1661187 Received Bytes: 6144668
IP Address: 192.168.1.1 Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.252
Ethernet Link: Up USB Link: Down
MAC Address: 00606C394046
Host IP Host Name Host MAC
192.168.1.2 Linksysrouter 00045A28141E
I see this and check and sure enough, my router admin page is at 192.168.1.2. When I pull it up, it still shows its IP as 192.168.1.100 and it is still assigning DHCP IPs starting at 192.168.1.101.
My only conclusion so far is that the DSL Modem must be acting as a DCHP server that assigns the router a new address and then the router's DHCP server is assigning my network addresses. Having two DHCP servers is probably causing the following problem I suspect. One of my virtually identical computers will bring up the router admin page in 3 seconds. The other takes 30! I have played around with disabling DHCP on the router and assigning static IPs below 192.168.1.99 and had limited success.
Anyone else encountered similar problems? I can't figure out why I would have to use the same subnet as MSN on my private network. I thought the whole point of the router was to obtain the WANs assigned DNS, IP, subnet, etc. and then to translate that across to my private LAN, where it can assign IPs on any subnet as it pleases.
Any thoughts/things to try are appreciated???