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Tips for connecting a DSL modem to your network

Tips for connecting a DSL modem to your network

Tips for connecting a DSL modem to your network

I was attempting to connect everyone in the building to a DSL modem.
When I contacted our ISP they had a line which was cheap but required them to give the DSL modem a dynamic IP address.
In other words their Server was the DHCP server.
So when I tried to connect our Proxy server which is also a DHCP server it would not work.
the fix was.
I built an "NT member Server" out of and older computer and installed Proxy Server 2.0 on it. And added a second NIC card to it.

One NIC is connected to our HUBS and to our Network and has a Static IP address
Second NIC is connected to DSL modem and gets it's IP from ISP's DHCP server.
Now our clients connect to the Internt using Internet Explorer and use a LAN connection with the Proxy server settings of the new NT server I built which is

Now you might say well if your ISP just gave you a static IP then you would'nt need yet another server. But they were going to charge us and extra $50.00 a month for in addition to our normal charge.

RE: Tips for connecting a DSL modem to your network

The best solution for any given company depends on where that company puts its priorities. In your case how much is the server costing in terms of hardware, software licenses and support vs. 50.00 per month for a static DSL line? What's the ROI?

Also, on one side you have a monthly service fee vs. a capital expenditure that can be depreciated. Depends where on the books your accountants want the expenditure to appear.

Every company has it's own internal philosophy on how they spend their money. Anything that works is a good solution. Which one you actually use is usually up to the finance people.


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