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I Hate Networking. Configure My Convoluted Setup.

StrifeRaZoRStrifeRaZoR Registered User regular
Okay, so, let me explain the situation, as googling this issue seems to be a problem due to how you word it.

I have a computer. This computer has 2 Ethernet Ports and 1 USB Wireless Adapter. This wireless adapter is very powerful. I've had it for a few years and this thing can pick up a ludicrous amount of networks. It has a 20ft USB cable, is omni-directional, and about as big as one of those lunch boxes you used to take to school back in the 4th grade. My internet has completely died (we're switching the account over to my name, and they're requiring us to return all the equipment before they set up a new, supposedly faster, service with a new modem) so I'm resorting to some last minute shenanigans to appease my withdrawals. Hence my current situation:

My powerful wireless adapter is snagging internet from my friend down the road (used to live there, so I just called him up and asked if I could use it for a couple of days). The signal is pretty solid, as it's what I'm using right now. Now here comes the hard part. I want to share this connection with the rest of my house (laptop and phones). The only way I can do that is with my router...but how? I have my Wireless Connection shared to my first Ethernet Port (they are not bridged) and the only next logical step is to plug that ethernet cable into my router...but then what? Do I plug it into the WAN port? Do I plug it into the LAN port? How do I configure the router to accept this connection and broadcast it wirelessly? This is where I'm drawing a blank. Do I set the router to Static IP mode and use my IP from my ethernet card as my default gateway/DNS? Do I set it to DHCP and set up some static IP addresses? I can hit the wireless network on my router, but it's not picking up the shared connection coming from my ethernet cable.

I seriously hate networking, so any help would be appreciated.

Quick Edit: My router cannot see my friend's router. Too far. The only thing in my house that can pick up his connection is my USB adapter, so the idea of bridging the two routers is completely out.

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  • FoomyFoomy Registered User regular
    Plug it into a lan port, which one doesn't matter. and then disable dhcp on the router. This is turn it into basically a switch, and should just give internet to anything else plugged into it.

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  • DraygoDraygo Registered User regular
    edited March 2015
    You can setup your personal computer as your networks gateway. This is probably what you are looking for.

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/set-internet-connection-sharing#1TC=windows-7

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  • StrifeRaZoRStrifeRaZoR Registered User regular
    Foomy wrote: »
    Plug it into a lan port, which one doesn't matter. and then disable dhcp on the router. This is turn it into basically a switch, and should just give internet to anything else plugged into it.

    Does that allow the router to broadcast the connection with the wireless signal? I can easily turn a router into a hub/switch by turning off DHCP, but I want it to broadcast my connection to my other devices. I'm a bit low on ethernet cables.

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  • Great ScottGreat Scott King of Wishful Thinking Paragon City, RIRegistered User regular
    Draygo wrote: »
    You can setup your personal computer as your networks gateway. This is probably what you are looking for.

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/set-internet-connection-sharing#1TC=windows-7

    After following those directions, there are two things you can do:
    1) Plug your PC into the WAN port on the router and use it as a (extra) router. This might make various Internet things not work because of the extra router (theirs) between your LAN and the Internet. But it is super-simple: as long as your PC is on and working, everyone else can just use your router.

    2) Turn off the "firewall" function of your router and plug your PC into one of the router LAN ports. This takes more work, but will result in less devices between your LAN and your friend's Internet, so it should work better in general.

    Note: your setup is very odd, you will have at least some problems, and they might not all be solvable. Let us know how things go and I'll help if I can.

    I'm unique. Just like everyone else.
  • VeeveeVeevee WisconsinRegistered User regular
    First bridge the wireless and ethernet connection, then plug the computer into the WAN slot on the router. This should let your router connect to your friend's wireless network through your computer while still working as a router for the rest of your house. I'd probably take it a step further and manually configure the WAN's IP, gateway IP, and set DNS to 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 (google's DNS) because my experience says household routers don't like getting DHCP info from another household router.

    In this configuration your desktop and friends house will be on a different network than anything connected to your router. If that's a deal breaker then check with your routers manual and see if there are settings or possibly even a 3rd party firmware to turn it into a wireless bridge.

  • FoomyFoomy Registered User regular
    Foomy wrote: »
    Plug it into a lan port, which one doesn't matter. and then disable dhcp on the router. This is turn it into basically a switch, and should just give internet to anything else plugged into it.

    Does that allow the router to broadcast the connection with the wireless signal? I can easily turn a router into a hub/switch by turning off DHCP, but I want it to broadcast my connection to my other devices. I'm a bit low on ethernet cables.

    it would turn it into a wireless access point, so yes.

    It depends on the router, so you'll have to look it up, but most want you to use a lan port rather then wan port when using it as a switch/access point.

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