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Networking 2way-satellite and G5s with CNet CNSH-800?

by nosirrah / February 24, 2005 6:59 AM PST

Computers I can handle - LANs are a mystery.

Have just upgraded to G5 iMacs (OS10.3), and 2way satellite internet with Ethernet connection. My internet provider does not give support for networking. Want to be able to provide full networking to about 5 cabled points without using one computer to share internet.

Was sold a CNSH-800 to do this (by reseller not really into cable) but have been unable to get it to share internet. Cannot find any info on using this particular box, and am wondering if I need a more specific router.

Any help greatly appreciated

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This device appears to be....
by Michael Geist / February 24, 2005 7:58 AM PST

a multiported ethernet switch. As such you need some form of Internet Sharing software to divy up the broadband. Or a router.

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"without using one computer to share internet."
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 24, 2005 8:56 AM PST

Sorry, I've only seen this done with satellite with the computer based solution.


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"only seen this done"
by nosirrah / March 8, 2005 7:57 AM PST

I'm not sure if "this" applied to using my original switch, or to any form of connection from a satellite.

I have now installed a Linksys router switch and have a (mostly) usable network.

Thanks for replying

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Me thinking about the more common 1 way satellite...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 8, 2005 8:15 AM PST
In reply to: "only seen this done"

I missed it.


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More precise definition of problem
by nosirrah / March 9, 2005 3:42 PM PST

When one of the iMacs is connected directly to the satellite modem, web browsing requires proxies. Mail gets "unable to connect" messages, and I can't find a place for a mail proxy.

If I connect computers using the CNet CNSH-800, they can all talk to each other but only one gets internet connection - the Satellite's IP address is passed on to the first in line.

HOWEVER - this computer now needs NO proxies, and CAN access mail of any form.

If I connect them to a Linksys BEFSR41 v3, each computer can get to the internet as if it was directly into the modem - i.e needs proxies, and can't get mail.

I have tried daisy-chaining the two boxes without any better results.

What I really want is all computers to be networked, on the internet, and getting mail.

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Networking 2way-satellite and G5s with CNet CNSH-800?
by jcrobso / March 10, 2005 6:03 AM PST

You might try posting in the MAC fourm. In windows it is possible to have one PC act as the proxie for the others.
I belive it can be done also with OSX. John

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Problem solved
by nosirrah / March 10, 2005 10:06 AM PST

It turns out it was a case of the missing DSN server. When my modem was set up I was not given one, only the proxies.

There may be a simpler way to find out, but I tried putting the CNSH-800 in front of the Linksys and made the router use DHCP to get its IP. This didn't give me better access, but did reveal the DSN server in the Router's status.

When I took out the CNSH-800 and set the router's static IP with this DNS server, everything was fine. No need for proxies and all computers get mail too.

Thanks to everyone who responded.

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