Re: [OT] Purchasing a wired switch; advice needed
On 20/04/11 18:52, Ron Johnson wrote:
On 04/20/2011 06:08 AM, Klistvud wrote:
What I had in mind is something like this:
Unfortunately, there are many posts on the Internet affirming that such
a configuration can't and won't work, because a switch can't give out
two IP's if your ISP just gives you one. So, in doubt, I turned to this
list for advice. I don't want to buy a switch (or the wrong switch) only
to discover that it won't work in that configuration.
As others have mentioned, this is the sticky wicket, and why you *do*
need a router. (Unless your broadband modem is also a router.)
An old PC running Smoothwall will give your a "router" with enough
horsepower to handle the situation you describe.
I run Smoothwall on an old Athlon (K6) system that I was given. I
upgraded the memory to 128MB, which is fine for what I use it for. I
have quite a few boxes (Linux and Windows) using it to access the
internet with no problems at all.
The only issue I have is that the latest upgrade to Smoothwall Express
(the free version) no longer supports this CPU. When I tried to update
it I had to reinstall from the original CD, restore my settings and
apply all updates apart from the latest one.
Other than that, Smoothwall is an excellent product.