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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2005 2:11 pm    Post subject: Setting up Linksys PAP2 outside my Linksys router- howto? Reply with quote Back to top

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Hello all,

I know this has probably been posted a million times but I'm a new member (sorry in advance.) I've had my Linksys PAP2 device up & running for almost 2 months now with very few problems. For what it's worth, I'm on Charter Pipeline 3MB cable. Even though we only have one digital tv box setup, I bought a Motorola booster from Circuit City anyways just in case.

Anywho,

According to the "equipment" section of Vonage's help page(s), they show the Linksys PAP2 connected outside the router (or actually, in parallel to it.) They say to run ethernet from the cable modem output, to the ethernet input on your PAP2 device. That's fine, but then you can't run a line from the PAP2 device to your router. So what gives? I assume I could throw another switch in the mix after the cable modem but not sure if anyone has tried that. Also, given that the PAP2 is behind my router now, I have not setup any static IP for it, nor have I made any port forwarding entries. It is now truly "plug-n-play." Just curious what everyone else is trying (that has the Linksys PAP2.)

Thanks in advance to everyone & anyone who reads or responds.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2005 3:45 pm    Post subject: PAP2 Configuration Reply with quote Back to top

If you only use your cable modem for one thing, in this case Vonage, then connecting the cable modem Wide Area Network (WAN) port to the corresponding WAN input on the PAP2 will work just fine...but that's not what too many people do with their cable modems. The PAP2's default configuration is DHCP, meaning it uses an IP address supplied by the cable modem in your setup, or the IP address supplied by a router if connected that way, so the PAP2 will work as a plug and play for most people.

A more typical configuration would be to connect your cable modem to a router's WAN port, , and the PAP2 to any of its Local Area Network LAN) ports. Most routers today provide 4 LAN ports, so you can now share the cable modem connection to 4 ethernet client devices (the PAP2 being just one of the ethernet clients). If you get a wireless router, you can also share the cable modem connection wirelessly.

You can not share the internet connection from the cable modem without going through a router, which will basically create a unique (to your LAN) IP address for each port. You also can not setup Quality of Service (if your router supports QoS) without connecting the PAP2 to the router or a network switch after the router.
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