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Old Mar 23, 2002, 09:00 AM
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The router is responsible for sharing one IP address with all of your cllient computers. The router needs to be configured according to your providers specifications. The may require you to use PPPoE for validation, or they may assign you a static IP address. Typically, you access the configuration through a web browser (linksys has you type 192.168.1.1 into the browser).

The router is then responsible for issuing private IP addresses for each of your client computers. This is called NAT, and should be enabled in the configuration of the router. Each of your client computers should be configured to dynamically recieve an IP address (DHCP).

The router is a bridge between your local network and the wide area network (cable modem network).
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