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I've got a pretty nasty situation. Me and my friend each own a cable modem. We'd like to setup a home network between three computers using both modems. The cable modems have dynamic ips that the DHCP changes about once every month. Is it possible to setup a home network running any version of Windows with this configuration? If so I'd greatly appreciate your help. Thanx!
 

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well i'm not real sure wat ur askin exactly in ur post, or y u want to use the cable modems to run a home network. if u strictly wanna set up a home network to share stuff or game u don't need either of the modems.
are both cable modems connected to internet? if not, will they be or will u only be usin 1 (or none) to connect to internet?
if u usin both (i.e, u both have accounts with isp's), i guess you could install a second nic (works best with NT, not 9x) in the machines connected to modems & assaign the nic's internal ip's. u could even install only netbui as the protocol on these nics (this will cancel any gaming fun tho) to make it a real fast n' tidy home lan. i can't remember if NT will allow u to have multiple ip's bound to a single nic, hence my 2 nic suggestion.
if i totally misinterpreted ur qustion or didn't really help u with my ramblings, plz be more specific & i will try again.

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Ron_Jeremy

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I mean 2 modems, both connected to the internet (2 ISP accounts, 2 IPs), while the computers in the house are interconnected. What you are proposing is that I put in 2 network cards in 2 of the 3 computers and plug my cable modems 1 and 2 directly in computers 1 and 2, then link the three computers together with a hub? That won't work, cause then the third computer does not have internet access, and if it does I end up with the same problem of computers 1, 2 and 3 not knowing where to access the net (though modem 1 or 2) plus I have a real IP problem because incoming data from outside (through the 2 cable modems) would have to find its way to the internal IP of the intranet, but I don't know of a piece of software that does that! If you have any more ideas, please tell me. Thanx.
 

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Is there a reason why you need 2 ISP's and 2 IP addresses?

If there isn't, you guys could split the bill and get an internet sharing device such as the SMC Barricade or a Linksys broadband router. I use the SMC Barricade to give 4 computers in my house internet access as well as network them together through the 4 port 10/100 switch. It works pretty good.

Check out my rig:
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What youre looking to do is set up ICS or NAT (NAT would be more accurate if youre using win NT4. essentially you would have to get a hub and another nic, and share your connection through one of your computers. if you want more details let me know, but I am not willing to write out two pages of details unless youre interested.
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Just an extra note here. I wouldn't use an internet sharing device (like the Linksys broadband router for example) if you and yo buddies plan on playing the same game online at the same time. Wat I mean is you all won't be able to play Quake 3 at the same time bacause you will all be acknowledged as having the same IP = doesn't work with most game authorization servers.

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Ron_Jeremy

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