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-- Category: Review
-- Posted by: GideonX
-- Posted on: 2002-04-04
-- Price: ~ $159.00 USD
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  Setting up the ISB SOHO is very easy, it's basically plugging in the WAN cable (the Ethernet cable that comes from your modem), plugging in the LAN cables, plugging in the power supply, and booting your cable modem and your system(s). For this test I'm only connecting 2 machines to the SOHO, a workstation and a gaming/ftp server.

    Once you have your system powered, you need to enter the configuration utility that is found in the SOHO. To connect, type 192.168.0.1 in your internet browser and this screen pops up. One of the nice features of the SOHO is the graphical, menu-driven configuration screens that are very easy to navigate.

    Primarily what you are concerned about on this screen is having the correct internet account selected, either DHCP or PPPoE. For DHCP (what my cable ISP uses) have the Enabled box checked under "Obtain IP and DNS automatically". The information at the bottom of the screen is the MAC address of my network adapter and the system filled that in for me. The next screen is for setting up a static IP. For most home users a static IP isn't available. But if you're one of the lucky few, you'd enter your IP, Network Mask, and Gateway and you are all set.

    The next screen shows the status of your connection, IP, and some other network settings. These are only available after you have setup the internet account information on the first 2 screens. One thing to note is that there is a log history at the bottom of the screen; this is really handy to look at if you are having some issues connecting such as a wan outage.

    The main advantage for me in home routing is the use of a LAN DHCP. What this does is assign the range of IP's to be used by machines that connect to your router. Each router has a reserved IP range of 192.168.0.1-192.168.0.255; but for most home networks, you're only looking for 2-5 IP's. The IP address of 192.168.0.1 is reserved for the ISB SOHO, so the default settings start at 192.168.0.2. For example, if you have 3 computers and boot them 1, 2, and then 3; then your IP's for those 3 machines would be 192.168.0.2, 192.168.0.3, and 192.168.0.4, respectively.

    On this screen you set the admin password. The user name will always be admin, but you need to select a password that is easy to remember and is secure

    The remaining screens have to do with some advanced features of the ISB SOHO and I will address each one that I use to setup the test environment with the SOHO.




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