Don't know about the netopia modem but it *may* have several ethernet
ports. If so then I suspect that it will do network address translation for
you. failing that get yourself a wireless access point thingy with the
usual 4 port + 1 wan port and away you go (a straight switch will *NOT* do
address translation for you - which I presume you want). These things
inevitably come with a web interface and are pretty simple.
On 4/11/06, Éibhear <eibhear.geo at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I know this is somewhat off topic, but I'm hoping someone will be able to
> help me. My head is wrecked looking for a "Start here" document that will
> give me the information I need.
>> I want to set up a home network, but I don't want to spend more money on
> things that turn out not to work with the machines I have.
>> Here's what I have:
> + 3 laptops and one desktop, all with GNU/Linux of one flavour or
> another and each at constant risk of having that flavour changed
> with no notice.
> + An Eircom broadband connection using a Netopia Cayman 3341 modem.
> This is not a wireless modem.
>> Here's what I want:
> + To network the laptops and PC such that each can use the
> broadband connection and that each can talk to the other in an
> unrestricted manner.
>> Here's where I think ILUG can help:
> + If I get an ethernet switch (like at
> and enough ethernet cables, will I be able to configure the netopia
> modem to act as the LAN router? If so, does any one know where I can
> get documentation describing how to do that? Is it configured for
> this already? If this isn't possible, I *will* be going to
> + If I get homeplug devices (like what can be seen at
> I'm guessing that these can act as an alternative to an ethernet
> switch. Am I correct?
>> While I am a techie (honest!) and I should know this stuff pretty well, my
> head, as I say, is wrecked. Is there a primer type document that will
> explain to someone who isn't very experienced in these sorts of things the
> fundamentals of building a home network like this? I'm looking for simple
> explanations for NAT, masquerading, IP Forwarding, port forwarding.
> Perhaps without reference to the operating system and certainly without
> reference to specific software packages that implement these.
> Éibhear Ó hAnluain
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