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hey all,

last week my Linksys WRT610N router died,
and i've been messing around to get internet on all computers here...
problem is...i only have 1 hub, and most computers don't recognise it

so i've been looking around the internet and i found Untangle
now i want to make a little Untangle box with my little Atom computer.
problem is...it only has 1 ethernet port...
now i could send out the wi-fi through an USB adaptor, so i can still use the PCI slot (it's a Foxconn D52S mobo) for an extra ethernet port.

but my question is...will that work?
can i just use the onboard ethernet for incoming, and the pci slot + wifi usb for outgoing?
cause that would solve all my problems

and wouldn't it slow down my connection?

thanx in advance
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the pci slot and wifi will be slower when your using the atom... and vise versa... you will not get full speed on any of them... maybe on the atom but not the others
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post #3 of 10
Atom should be more than enough to be an untangle router - we've deployed atom based routers that also do VPN with no problems.

The best bet would be add a network card to the Atom box, then connect the network card for your LAN (not the one that goes to cable modem / dsl modem) to the switch/hub you have and connect the computers to that.

What do you mean your computers don't recognize the hub?
    
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post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
ok so speeds would drop a bit?
won't be a complete dissaster, as long as it won't kill all speed

and the hub is a cheap Sweex 8 ports thing. and the only computer that get's internet is my sig rig.
other rigs just get an error with: unrecognised network, and no or limited internet available
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i`m using a Atom D15 on my untangle box and i have never seen more then 10% CPU usage after the install, got 10devices hooked up to it and the speeds are great
    
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A home router would have very low CPU usage.

The other computers are likely having a problem because they aren't getting an IP address from anything. Setting up DHCP service on the untangle box would most likely fix this

The current setup that won't work on the others is computers > hub > Modem , right?
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by IBuyJunk View Post
The current setup that won't work on the others is computers > hub > Modem , right?
at the moment i have: modem -> switch -> computers
the switch just won't give the other computers an IP-adress
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Psycho666 View Post
at the moment i have: modem -> switch -> computers
the switch just won't give the other computers an IP-adress
I wouldn't expect it to. You would have to be directly plugged into the modem to get an IP, and it would mean only one computer on the network.

You need a router to hand out IP address's and perform PAT (usually called "NAT"), to split that one IP address you are given, into multiple ones for the computers on your home network.

Also, you mentioned Wifi; sadly Untangle does not handle wifi cards and such plugged into the box. You could use just a WAP or wifi-router combo to give your network wireless connectivity, but Untangle doesn't have the drivers to do so with USB/PCI/etc.. wifi cards.
    
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ow wow that sucks
i thought Untangle could handle wifi as well
hmm maybe then i'll just have to wait for that and get a router for now.
too bad
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Yea, Untangle is pretty awesome. I just finished setting up mine as a virtual machine on my new ESXi rig with an Intel NIC for WAN and another for LAN. ATOM based stuff should be just fine for a small home network as my VMs settings are not much better and as long as you have some basic networking knowledge install and setup is extremely easy. And if you don't have the knowledge, there are plenty of guides to follow...

As for using the WiFi stuff directly with Untangle, I don't think your going to have much success. At least not yet. I investigated this as well with high hopes of providing WiFi alongside ethernet straight from one box but everything I read made it seem like an extremely convoluted ordeal because first you have to muck around behind Untangle's veil to get it to run WiFi... AND THEN you have to find a wireless card with just the right chipset because support is so minimal. Slight migraine at best and will serve to only discourage your initial Untangle experience.

... anyways (I ramble, lol) ... I highly recommend you just grab a cheapo or even used PCI NIC and WiFi router. Have fun with the Untangle install first and focus on getting one PC to connect with DHCP. Then go about configuring the WiFi router for wireless only
    
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