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Setting up an MN700 Base Station with dialup

've hit a snag in trying to set up an MN700. My question relates to use of this unit with a desktop PC whose web access is dialup. I've tried to run the setup wizard, but it seems to require a separate modem rather than one that is internal to the PC. Should I have a switch (MN150 or equivalent) between the MN700 and the desktop PC to allow the MN700 to get both an input from the PC's NIC card simulating an external modem as well as a connection to the PC as if it were just a wired network computer? (This idea comes from the MS Network Guide.) I am sorry for the following long-winded explanation, but here's the background: I don't yet have broadband access, but I am going to move to a location where it will be available in several months. In the meantime, I'm using dialup to access the web. I checked to see if I could use the MN700 with dial- up on a desktop PC to communicate with a laptop by running the Network Guide on the MS web site. I was able to get a specific listing of required devices for such a setup (MN700 Base Station, MN150 10/100 Ethernet 5-Port Switch and MN720 NOtebook adapter). The diagram which accompanied the listing shows the MN700 connected to the MN150 and then to the desktop PC which then connects to the web via dialup. I can't see what the MN150 does in this conifiguration, but I also can't get the MN700 to recognize the PC with internal dialup modem as a modem. It seems that when I connect the ethernet cable from the PC's NIC card to the MN700's "to modem" port, it doesn't recognize that there is web connectivity on that ethernet cable. It also cannot "see" the desktop PC as a part of the network. The laptop communicates with the MN700 perfectly, but can't "see" the desktop PC. Please help me sort this out. Thanks

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Re: Setting up an MN700 Base Station with dialup

1. disable all ICS and all Proxy settings on all machines 2. connect the NIC to the MN700 using Port 1 3. set up the MN700 and the wireless connection 4. switch the MN700 to Bridging mode 5. enable ICS on the host computer The basic object is to have the working connection for your dial-up, then set up the base station as an access point only, then share the working connection via ICS through the NIC. Quite similar to having a switch box, but you're going wireless with it. You don't need to feed the MN-700 any of the normal info like your Internet Service Provider's IP/DNS, etc., because your computer already is sharing that info.

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