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Mobile Broadband and Linksys products creating an internal LAN that does not see the internet

Posted on 2008-06-17
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This home is very large.  VIA ethernet over power, several access points are throughout the house.   The obvious answer here is get a high speed provider to turn on service but the rich yet tightwod clients wont spend it because they both have mobile broadband cards.    

 There is a printer on the LAN network with a static IP address.  Often , but not always, print jobs appear to get lost and dropped.  I only have this issue when the mobile broadband card is in.

  The computer is getting the Wireless LAN and Mobile broadband card confused for printing traffic.   I need a way to force printer or IP specific traffic to be forced to go through the linksys LAN so it can find its way to the printer and ignore the mobile broadband.
 
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by:rslqld
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Could add a static route via command-line for that IP.
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okay , but you have to spell that out very carefully....
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I am assuming the systems there are Windows based:

Start -> Run -> Type in 'cmd' and press Enter.
Within the black dialogue enter the following, substituting your own details:
route -p add <PRINTER IP ADDRESS> MASK <SUBNET MASK> <NETWORK GATEWAY IP ADDRSS> METRIC 10

This will place that route translation in higher priority than the other routes on the network, and the '-p' flag makes it persistent.
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by:rslqld
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Scenario for the above:

Printer IP:              10.0.0.10
Subnet mask:        255.255.255.0
Gateway:               10.0.0.1

The command would be:

route -p add 10.0.0.10 MASK 255.255.255.0 10.0.0.1 METRIC 10
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let me try this
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by:bhamguy3131
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By the way , how exactly does this solve the problem  ???   Why does a higher priority make them route to the LAN as opposed to getting confused by the mobile broadband  ?
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When you try to do any network operation, the system looks at the routing table and goes down the list by metric until it reaches a matching entry, or worst case scenario follows the gateway of last resort. In our case, we put a route match at the top of all the others so it is sent to that before going down any others.
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