Surely don't want to toot my horn for I have had my share of
computer and network problems from day to day. However, I did
pick up an 8-port Linksys Besfr81 router, connected it to the
Toshiba RoadRunner cable modem and then tied the router to my
house distribution network panel. I followed the install
instructions for the router exactly and everything went very
smoothly <for once>. And, now I can plug a laptop or desktop
into any of the 8 ports throughout the house, boot up the
pc and access a very fast connection to the Internat via
the RoadRunner service. I live in Mpls, MN, USA and maybe
something for once in the computing arena has gone right
for me. Strange but I am thankful.
BTW, I never had to worry about MAC addresses, cross-over
cables, etc. In fact it did seem too simple. I know the RR
in our area uses DHCP to assign the IP to the modem, the
router takes that IP and then uses DHCP itself to assign
on the fly IP addresses to PCs on my SOHO LAN.
So, like, why did this go so smoothly for me? I surely do
not want to come anywhere close to boasting cause I know
the kind of trouble one can have. Guess maybe I am an
exception to the rule and this time things worked right
Hope all goes well for others trying to do the cable modem
and SOHO router install.