Home Networking


I somehow managed to have both a relaxing and busy Memorial day weekend
as my “Mrs.” was in town and she helped me finish unpacking all of my junk. 
I also finally got around to setting up my wireless network.  My apartment complex
has a T1 line which residents access through a DSL modem and it only costs $50! Sadly,
you can’t host sites, but at least there are tools like Dynamic
DNS
and No-IP for those of you using DHCP
through a Cable modem or DSL. For those of you looking to set this up at home, here’s
my current setup – I use a Microsoft Brand MN-500
Wireless Router
. This has built in Network Address Translation so while the router
receives a single IP address from my ISP, internally I can hook up as many machines
as I want to the network using a Class C subnet.  You can also setup port forwarding
for other services you might want to use like FTP, WWW, SMTP, POP3, Quake etc. Other
cool features include the ability to “backup” your config, block pings, an easy-to-use
admin page and it even has a built-in firewall. Not bad for a product that costs
<$100.

But, the home networking madness doesn’t stop there, I
also use a Linksys WET11
Bridge
which lets me have a dynamic IP address from my Wireless access point to
my living room. So that 100′ CAT-5 cable snaking from the office is gone and the “Mrs.”
is happy :) <br>

If you’re having problems connecting your Xbox using the WET11 bridge, I stumbled
on this page on the Linksys web
site which explains step-by-step how to configure the bridge for playing Xbox Live.
Since we’re on the topic of 802.11, I thought I would share some of my favorite wireless
sights:

  • 802.11 Hotspots – Find wireless connections
    anywhere in the world.
  • Net Stumbler – This site has a good shop
    for all your wireless networking gear needs (although it doesn’t have the MN-500),
    and it’s also where you can download netstumbler, one of my favorite apps for finding
    wireless networks, which now even includes an add-in for mapping hotspots using MapPoint.
    The nice thing about NetStumbler is that it searches multiple channels and not just your
    default wireless card channels.  
  • Warchalking – When you get your wireless
    network up and running, don’t forget how you can covertly notify those of us
    in the wireless digerati.
  • Bandwidth Speed Test – Once
    you have your connection up and running, see how fast your network *really* works.
    My bandwidth report on my home network was ~700Kbps which I thought was good until
    I just now ran this same test at work and got a stunning 2,386 kbps of
    real throughput through my wireless (WEP-enabled) connection!!

That’s all for now, enjoy,

-Dan

Comments (9)

  1. Julia says:

    Hi, can I contact you by ICQ ? Spasibo.

  2. I just want to say THANKS to all people in this community. You really help me.

  3. Bud says:

    Need some advice. I am RVing and would like to use my linksys wireless 802.11b router to to accesswireless broandband internet. I currently and signed with DIRECWAY in the RV park. My laptop is working fine with the card but I would also like to use my desktop wireless. Thought about building a network that I could use the laptop to access the internet for both machines. Now I am thinking I have a wireless router and could it be configured to access the wireless intenet connection. Any advice would be appreciated.

  4. hgh age says:

    A little late but I want to wish you a good luck in this year Happy New Year

  5. Mick says:

    I have a wireless router setup at home. Is there anyways possible, I can setup my pwn GPRS system for my cellphone using my IP address and port ?

    My cellphone provider is very expensive in GPRS internet. So wanted to save money by using Internet from my own home network while I am home.

    Any suggestions ?

  6. Hmm, good question, I don’t know of a way to use your cell phone on your home system, but you could try using a voice-over-ip system like Vonage – http://www.vonage.com that would eliminate needing a home phone.

    What’s interesting is that a lot of the new cordless phones for use at home leverage cellular technology so that you have a base station with multiple handsets, but you only need one phone cord. At home, I’m using the AT&T 5830 model phone that runs on the 5.7 Ghz spectrum (so it doesn’t interfere with my wireless LAN)and I really like it. One of the best features is that the built-in caller-ID feature is voice activated, so you don’t have to run to the phone to see who’s calling, it’ll speak to you :)

    You can find reviews for the AT&T phone at:

    http://www.epinions.com/elec-Comm-Phones-All-AT_T_5830_5_8_GHz_Cordless_Speakerphone_System

  7. jiv says:

    hello,

    i have a question, wat do i need to set in order for smtp to work with the wireless basestation? i have set up persistence outbound for port 25, and doesn’t work, have you tried?

    thank you.

  8. Hey Jiv,

    I haven’t tried setting this up so I don’t think I can help much. Have you ever been able to connect to your providers SMTP server? If the answer is yes, then you can probably assume its a configuration error. If the answer is no, you may want to setup a direct connection and see if you can send SMTP messages without the router. If you can’t get it to work, I would ping your network provider and see if they support SMTP and what the SMTP server name is.

    Hope this helps,

    -Dan

  9. jiv says:

    Thanks Dan, yes i’m able to use smtp when the router is off the server, but as soon as i plug it in does not work, emails are sitting on queue folder.. according to the documentation the basestation supports smtp already, nothing needs to be done, i have opened port 25 on the basestation config but still unsucessful, thank you for your help.