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DHCP on College Campus- Router w/ comp and Xbox Live

by SpartanTempest / September 4, 2007 9:43 AM PDT

I am having a hard time setting up a network for my computer and my Xbox 360 in my dorm room. I am at Mich. State and they use a DHCP server for the whole campus. I understand most networking things, but this I have not been able to figure out.

I have my router (Linksys Wireless-G) plugged into the wall, then an ethernet cable from my computer and my xbox into the router's ports. In addition, the router broadcasts the wireless signal. Now, my problem is that I cant run the computer and the xbox at the same time. Normally, a router fixes this because it takes the one ip address from the isp and uses dhcp to assign private ip's, but that doesnt seem to be working since the incoming signal is already dhcp.

I am not sure how to split the signal into another ip or if i can use a static ip on the xbox or not. I did have to register the computer and the router to get access to the internet, but now that the router is set up I can delete the computer from the college's dhcp servers. Would this fix my problem by letting the router assign ip's rather than bypassing the router's job entirely because the computer is registered as well?

Let me know if you think you can help or need more information.. Thanks a lot

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by colbox98 / September 6, 2007 4:54 AM PDT

Since you had to register your router with the school, I assume they are "ok" with there use? I know some schools do not allow the use of routers on campus. From a security stand point, I would tend to agree with them.

Assuming they do allow the use of routers, your router should work as normal. The router will get an IP address from the DCHP server. And then the router assigns private addresses to your devices (PC, Xbox, etc.) This is the same way it works on a home network. Your ISP will usually assign an address to you, and most use DCHP (unless you paid extra for a static IP.) So as long as you have your router setup to automatically receive the IP address it should work. And then the router should also be setup to work as a DCHP server it's self. I would double check your router settings to make sure.

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by SpartanTempest / September 6, 2007 12:39 PM PDT
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Officially, they say no wireless routers- but they dont say anything about hubs switches or just non wireless routers-but I am not about to go out and buy a reg. router just because they dont want me to have wireless in my room. I have the router on WEP security with a non broadcast SSID, so security threats are minimized.

I did figure out the problem though, at least for me- so for future users here was my issue.

When I first got on campus I registered my computer- like 2 weeks before the router came into the picture. Everything worked fine- then I got the router- registered that after connecting through the comp to it- but I didnt realize that it did not just override my comp registration, it was in addition to it. Therefore- the ethernet was going to the registered router- but then because the comp was registered and the xbox wasnt- the signal went straight to the computer. I deleted the computer from the university's dhcp registrar and had no problems.

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WEP = Maximum ownage.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 7, 2007 1:59 AM PDT
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(NT) I hate that commercial!
by PudgyOne / September 7, 2007 6:15 AM PDT
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