You are correct in believing that a winmodem will not work. You need an external modem, better yet an external modem with a LAN input like a Actiontec Dual PC modem. This modem (actually a router/modem) has two Ethernet LAN inputs and a V.92 output. You connect it to a Local Area connection on one computer and set it up for your Internet dialup connection. Then connect one of it's LAN ports to a WAN port on any router/gateway.This modem is IP controlled from your browser and is easily connected and DISCONNECTED. This will allow you to use a router of your choice with a dial-up connection. Also you don't need ICS or any desktop to be operational while you use it. All computers on your network can use it either singularly or at the same time. Of course this is not as good as a dsl or a cable connection, but it will work as an interm arrangement. I am using it, with a Linksys WRT54G, to write this message.
Message Edited by ForumLurker on 01-13-2004 02:40 PM
I am doing exactly what you are wanting to do.
I am not aware of any 802.11g router with dialup modem support, so I purchased an SMC7004BR which has print server and serial port for an external 56k modem. You may have to find one on Ebay since they are no longer offered new.
To get 802.11g, you will need to purchase a wireless router that can also act as an access point... almost all wireless routers I've ever found can do this. OR you can buy an access point, but they cost more than routers for some silly reason. To turn a router into an Access Point, simply Disable DHCP in the wireless router, and assign it a static IP address OUTSIDE of your main router's automatic DHCP IP range. Since my SMC7004BR's DHCP server automatically assigns IP's from 192.168.123.100 thru 192.168.123.199, I set the wireless router's IP address to 192.168.123.99.
Then voila! That's it! The only other things to do is to configure your WEP security (if you use it), make sure all SSID's match on the wireless router and your wireless cards... basic stuff.
I would highly recommend the SMC7004BR as your dialup router because it has DIAL/HANG UP button right on the main status screen.
great answer! I am wrestling with a MN-700 wireless router from Microsoft and have just found out it is defective (won't take a static IP). One question I have though, can you enable ICS on a XP machine an internal modem that is connected to an ethernet hub port (not the wide area modem) on the network with ? If DHCP and NAT are turned off and everthing has a static IP it should work......right?
Thanks for your response.
I think the MN-700 router firewall device I am using disables NAT when you disable DHCP. I just got the new one and have the system up and running using DHCP. I will let it stabilize for a couple of days then try to setup the static IPs. If that works then the next step will be to enable ICS. We will see..........