We have a KINGSTON 10/100TX WORKGROUP FAST ETHERNET SWITCH model KNS 800/WG s/n *0024B0000222* wich is about 5 years old.
There are 4 Macs and a Pc connected via hub.
We want to connect a ZOOM ADSL X4 Modem/Router to Switch/Hub but there seems to be a problem "seeing it" on the hub. No lights show on Hub and LAN light does not show on Modem/Router.
We have connected the Modem/Router directly to a Mac via ethernet cable and it works fine.
Two of the Macs run OS 9.2 the other two run OSX. Pc runs Windows NT Server.
Re: connection problem between modem router and hub
Sounds like you may need what is called a "Crossover Cable' connecting your router to your hub, or if either device has an uplink port, use it on one device to connect to normal port on other device. Here are instructions for making your own cables:
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If the computers only need to communicate with each other then you do not need a router. Each of the computers must have the same Network name (workgroup) and have the same IP address range. If you have a fixed IP address on each of the computers the IP address range should be the same - for example 192.168.3.xxx (xxx being a number unique to each of the computers, BUT the first 3 group of numbers (IP address range) MUST be the same on all the computers. If the computers need Internet access then a router is required and if there is insufficient LAN ports on the router then you need to add a network hub connect the router to tht hub and connect the computers to this hub. You would need to configure the computers to obtail an IP address automatically, the router will issue IP address to the computers automatically. I would not recommend using the Ethernet switch with the router as it would require a more complex configuration.
Because the cox cable modem will only bind to one mac address (computer). You need to purchase a router, any router linksys, dlink, will do, get a wireless one so you can setup wifi as well. Plug your cox cable modem into the wan port on the router, plug your pc into one of the ethernet switch ports, you can use your web browser IE to login to the router and secure your wifi signal, power cycle your modem to make it bind to the new router. Most linksys dlink are programmed for a class c network, you could in theory put 254 devices, computers on your connection now.
You need to connect a cable from your modem into an internet port on your router and than a cable from an ethernet port of a router into an ethernet port of your hub and than a cable from hub to the computer.
Is the modem a DSL or cable model?
Does the router have one ethernet port and a WAN port?
Normally the broadband modem is connected to the WAN port on the router and the ethernet port on the router is then connected to the hub/switch and the computers are then connected to the hub/switch.
The modem gets an unique IP address from your Internet Service Provider and then the router then issues Class "C" IP addresses to each computer that is connected to the switch/hub.
You need to connect a router to the cable modem. The router then gets an IP address from Comcast and provides a gateway between the computers connected to the router.
The modem expects to communicate with a single Ethernet device, and provides an IP address to the first device that provides a piece of data called a MAC address. By placing a router in-between, the router gets the IP address that lets you communicate on the Internet. It provides local IP addresses to the equipment connected to the local Ethernet and "routes" those to the Internet. You can either hook your two devices into the router if it has enough ports, or hook you switch to the router and hook your PC and PS3 into the switch.