2 Macintoshes, 1 PC sharing a Network Connection with a Linksys Router
Posted on 2005-04-24
Hi guys. I have a situation that has come up recently, and I need some help. The person who can answer this question ABSOLUTELY MUST have a thorough understanding of how to configure network protocols and settings on a Mac as well as a PC. I'm in a multi-platform environment here.
I had this all working smoothly until I had a power outage the other day. I suspect that there's a router setting I have to re-do, and I'm just not sure which one it is.
Here are the components:
1) First of all, my ISP is SBC Yahoo.
2) From them, I have a Speedstream 5100 DSL modem, which is what connects directly to my phone line.
3) To that, I have connected a Linksys BEFSR41 router.
4) The first computer I have connected to that router is a PC running Windows 2000 Professional. After the power outage, I called SBC Support (HORRIBLE) and was told I had to re-install the Enternet connection application. I haven't had to use this application for several months, so I found that puzzling.
5) The second computer I have connected to the router is a first generation iMac, running OS 8.6. On that computer, again, I have the Enternet client installed. I have to physically click the "connect" button to connect to the Internet.
5) The third computer I have connected to that router is an iBook, running OS 10.2. I have no software install rights whatsoever on this box; it's my wife's work laptop.
Basically, I need to know what settings to change in my router interface (it's web-based) so that all three computers can connect. Then, once I have those settings correct, what do I need to do to make sure that all three computers can "see" the router?
Is it possible that I could do without the stupid SpeedStream garbage, and just use the router to connect directly to the Internet? If so, what would that involve?
Thank you everyone!