Shaw gives me 2 IP Addresses, but only 2 WAN Cables comes from the Modem.
Hi there travel2013
The modem is capable of leasing two IP addresses, but having that work depends on the hardware you're using. There is only one Ethernet port on the modem. If you're using a hub or switch connected after the modem, that device will request a second external IP, that's where the additional IP that we provide would come in. If using a router after the modem, the router will actually generate and assign its own internal IP addresses, only needing one IP from the modem.
I hope that helps.
Thanks for your help, can you recommend a Network Switch?
I've not actually used a switch before myself, so I couldn't recommend anything in particular. I use a Cisco router and it's great. Anything from Cisco is fairly reliable from my experience, but everyone has different tastes.
Maybe kevinds would have a suggestion for a switch, I know he's pretty knowledgeable on that sort of thing.
It is really hard to make a bad switch, for that speed of internet (25 mbps or less)... Find one cheap...
If you are looking for one for the future that you won't need to replace if you upgrade your speeds, go with one of the major brand's gigabit switches, but the faster speeds come with a modem with 4 ports on it.
there's lots of options for switching, cisco is one of the bigger names depending on the type of bandwidth. A better question is this: What's your end goal for the network?
For e.g I have a switch front facing my shaw cpe and a router and another switch behind it, one that basically handles all my wireless and another cable leads to an other switch in my computer room. The second switch/router are all obeying the first device which is handling things like dhcp but it let's me set wireless IP's (192.168.2.x) and wired IP's (192.168.1.x) Wired clients also get First external IP, wireless get second external IP..
I suggest providing a bit more detail about your end goal so people can better answer your question, My entire setup barely cost over 300$. Any ten dollar hub will get you to use "both IP's" but itll also wreck things like performance.
I would also like to know how to take advantage of the 2 IP addresses, that i am paying for.
I have broadband50 with the Shaw dpc3825 Cisco router? Currently I have 2 tablets, 2 iPhone's & 2 laptops wireless. PC & PS3 hard wired, My wireless connections suck Ping 30, DL 14.59, UL 1.98 and when ps3 is on it is even slower. Should I bridge the router and use a new dual band ac router from linksys. By the way the Tablets are rarely on the network.
If you want to use the 2nd IP you have to bridge your Cisco modem, with the 2nd IP enabled, you can connect two devices to the Cisco modem, and get two Shaw IP addresses.
This is likely achieved by cleaning up your wireless, aka make sure there's nothing interfering on that band (other 2.4/5.4/5.7 networks) and bearing in mind that wireless a lot of the time won't get you wired speeds even with N.
so, once bridged what would my next steps be with the new wireless router plugged into one and the ps3 connected to the other? And what would be the benefits of doing this? as you can tell I'm a newbie and appreciate your help.
Can i then plug my pc and network drive into the new router & set up the wireless for my laptops and phones and by now having the 2 IP addresses would things speed up at all?
butch48 Doing that will cause your PS3 to have no NAT issues, because there will be no NAT device between it and the internet.
The downside of that, is that your PS3 won't have access to anything shared on your PCs.
Using your own router, may make your network run better, but won't necessarly make things faster.
Thanks Kevinds, so what would be the best way to take advantage of the 2 IPs
If you don't have a specific need/purpose in mind, don't worry about using it...
If you have frequent guests, can use the 2nd IP for a seperate wireless network for your guests? But if you don't have a need/purpose for it, don't worry about using it.
Kevinds, my end goal here is to minimize the amount of times my network drops off while I'm gaming & the wife is playing here face book games or just surfing. Plus hopefully gaining a little more speed wireless as my network was a lot quicker when I had the extreme package and an N gb router. this new shaw router does not seem to be able to do that.
then a second ip is worthless to you as it's not what you need, if you are having trouble with a specific device (wireless for example) Just replace the wireless adapter or try switching wireless channels. Double check to make sure simple things like drivers are up-to-date as well.
What exactly is the result of 'my network drops off' ?
Then get your modem bridged (turns it into just a modem) and go back to using the router you had before.
Can still run your PS3 plugged directly in, and seperate from your router if you want, but as I said, you won't be able to use the media sharing features if it is outside your router.
I would agree with the previous posts here, in that using a second IP address will most likely not solve the problems you're experiencing. However, I'd be happy to look into things further for you to see what's actually going on.
As kevinds mentioned, we can bridge your modem so that it functions just as a standard modem without the built in router and WiFi functionality, and you could then use your own router. If you've had better luck that way in the past then that would definitely be worth trying. Beyond that, we can check the stats of your Internet connection and make sure it's performing as it should.
Let us know if you still need a hand with anything here. I can send you a message and check your account if you'd like to try anything that I've just suggested.
good evening Colin and thanks, what do you need from me to check the stats of my connection. and are u able to check saturation in my area?
Colin, feel free to check my account, could u also check for saturation, I have been doing speed test would you like to see them.
Hey again, I'll send you a message here requesting you account info so I can take a closer look into this for you. Please check your inbox at the top when you get a chance.
Thanks for help Kevin, bridged router & new one did improve network. However waiting for Shaw to provide speeds i'm paying for.
Please forgive me if my question seems too simple. I am using the Motorola cable-modem model SB5102. It only has a single LAN output and no wifi capability. I hook the output of this modem into my LinkSys wireless router via its WAN input. I would assume this uses 1 of the 2 IP addresses that I have been assigned by Shaw.
Now since there is only a single output from the modem, how would I be able to access the 2nd IP address? I would like to use one IP address for wifi access in the house, and the other IP address for hardwired devices in the house (the reason is that for some reason the router occasionally "locks up" when wifi is running and then I have to end up doing a power cycle to get it working again).
I read the above replies regarding a "bridge". Could someone tell me the make/model of the bridge if this is what is needed to access the 2nd IP? Or is there some other way to gain access to the second IP address? I notice there is an ethernet plug on the phone-modem. Can I use this as a separate IP access?
The Motorola modems don't need to be bridged (disabled the router functions in the Cisco and SMC modems), some of the Motorola modems have a USB port that could be used, but a network switch is what you need to do it properly.
Modem to switch, switch to your router and whatever other device you want.
'Bridge mode' or 'Bridged' turns the Router/Modem combo units into just modems.
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