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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2005 10:01 pm    Post subject: I Can't Get The MN-700 Wireless Router To Work Correctly!!! Reply with quote Back to top

My equipment:

Cable Modem: Surfboard SB3100 (service through Comcast HSIA)
Wireless Router: MN-700 (Microsoft)
Vonage Router: Linksys RT31P2
My Network: (1) Desktop WIRED to all the above, (1) Desktop with a wireless connection to the internet (same brand wireless card as the wireless router) and (1) Notebook computer that came with wireless technology built in and connects to the network that way

Please forgive me for this broad question, but how can I configure these three devices so that everything works properly? I can get everything working properly for awhile and then the wireless computers will lose the internet connection or I'll lose my phone service with Vonage. It's getting frustrating. Right now, this is how everything is set up:

On the Linksys, the cable from the Internet port is going to the Cable modem. Of course, the RJ-11 is going to the phone. One Ethernet port is going into the back of the computer and one Ethernet port is going into the MN-700 wireless router in the "To Modem" port. It has been like this for about a week and everything was working fine. Now, my wireless computers cannot access the internet. The phone is still working and the internet works on the wired computer.

I don't want to get rid of Vonage, because I like the value of it. Can someone please offer me any assitance with this? I can give more information, if necessary.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2005 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

The wireless PC's can not connect the the network? Or they can connect to the network but do not have internet? Or, they can connect, but the connection drops every once in a while?

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2005 11:14 pm    Post subject: An idea Reply with quote Back to top

I'm not as technically-minded as some here, but I'd hazard a guess that the problem is that from the perspective of the wireless devices, there are two routers (Microsoft and Linksys) upstream, both of which are doing network address translation (NAT) and dynamic host configuration protocol (DHCP) and more. Both of these functions are little more than magic to anyone other than certified geeks (an exalted status to which I can only aspire), and you can visualize the chaos of two magicians on stage simultaneously. The wired devices (the desktop and the phone) see only one router "above" them, which is a normal configuration. One magician, if you will.

If you set up the Linksys as an Ethernet bridge (making it dumb, an assistant if you will) to the Microsoft box (which remains "smart") and connect the desktop PC to the 700 (it has four wired Ethernet ports), I think you'll get what you're looking for. Not having a Linksys to play with (unless I hack my neighbor's wireless one!), I have no idea how best to do that, but simply disabling NAT and DHCP should be a good start, and maybe enough.

However, under the circumstances you described, the Linksys was a poor choice if you had the 700 already. Much better would have been a simple PAP2 analog telephone adapter which you would've plugged into the Microsoft box. This would've been cheaper, too. Alternatively, you could've gone with the Linksys WRT54G and sold the 700 on eBay! Is it too late to return the Linksys RT31P2? I think this is an excellent opportunity to keep it simple, Sam: One router, Microsoft or Linksys.

Good luck! It CAN be done; I have five wireless devices on my network and one wired, in addition to a Vonage adapter (oldtimer model Motorola VT-1005). Everything works, all the time, so long as the cable doesn't go down!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2005 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Here's what I'd do to try and resolve the problem....
This is assuming you can ping the MN from your wireless workstations.
Log into the MN-700 and give it a static IP of 192.168.15.2. (It may need to reset after this step, and you'll need to reconnect with the new IP. You might have to release/renew your IP too). Next, turn off the DHCP server. Shut it down and unplug the ethernet cord going into the WAN port (modem IN) and instead plug it into an ethernet port. Turn it back on. Wa la, you just converted it to an access point. You'll now get an IP from the RT instead of the MN. The RT will also handle the NAT and firewall duties.
MS has instructions in the manual for doing it another way, but you lose the ability to administer it by IP (kinda sorta).

I did this with my Netgear WGR614 and Linksys BEFW11S4.
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