View Full Version : Problems with Yahoo! DSL Sharing

11-22-04, 04:54 PM
I've been trying to get 2 computers to run off of one Yahoo! SBC DSL connection. I have a 3M Network Connect Hub that I am trying to use, and the DSL modem is a Speedstream 5100b (5 lights).

I know that with hubs, that there is an IP conflict, as the modem is already in a router type mode, with the onboard PPPoE. However, is there a specific way to set up the other computers so that they can share the IP with the internet?

Weird question, yes - but this will save me the hassle of plugging in and unplugging the connection all the time.


11-22-04, 09:57 PM
not familiar with that specific Speedstream modem, but i believe the modem is actually a "dumb" modem in that it really performs no functions except providing a point of connectivity, be it ethernet (most common) or whatever.

now as far as how to share a SUA (single user account)...

i will skip the software NAT and Proxy options (as they require 2 network cards in one system, and that system be on when the other system(s) on the LAN need to access the internet) and just recommend that you buy a cable/dsl router. anywhere from $30 to $80 for non-wireless routers.

a router will run NAT (network address translation) in place of a computer, so all the computers on the LAN can be booted and shut down as they please. the router occupies the IP address provided by your ISP, and opens up local IP addresses which will be assigned to the client systems on the LAN. plus, the router provies a certain level of security due to "masking" NAT provides for the LAN's client systems.

software NAT or Proxy (run by a computer on your network) will work, but in my opinion, routers are much more effective at the task, and offer so many more benefits that the tiny cost (let's say $50 for s decent Linksys or Netgear router) becomes insignificant.