OK, this entry is truly for me, but with so many devices in a home now that are IP aware, I think folks are going to need some sort of mapping and documentation tool. Here’s my poor man’s network:
D-Link DI-624 Router. Running WPA-PSK encryption (whatever that is, but I’ve heard it is stronger than Wep). Uses something called TKIP for encryption. So, you have to know the magic passphrase in order to get onto this network (Ha!)
Static devices.
The DI-624 allows you to have certain Mac address have a “static DHCP”. Doesn’t make sense until you realize this is all about certain devices needing magic addresses and it essentially uses the Mac ID and Netbios name to figure out what address you want to hand out.
Here’s how I’ve laid out my network:
| Device | Netbios Name | Static DHCP Address |
| DI-624 Router | N/A | |
| Brother 7140DN Network Printer | Brother | |
| Audiotron | Audiotron | |
| Linksys NSLU2 | Nas | |
Then the rest of the PCs are not static since you don’t need well know namesj to access them.

One response to “Tongfamily Network Configuration”

  1. Darrell Walker Avatar
    Darrell Walker

    Ever consider Apple equipment? I de-commisioned my DI-624 and re-configured our network. I was intrigued by the Apple Airpot Express and purchased a couple. The DI-624 would overload and reboot after streaming 1 1/2 songs. I replaced it with the Airport Extreme.
    My new network includes:
    Watchguard Firewall
    Airport Extreme
    Airport Express
    NSLU2 with 250gb USB One Touch Drive
    HP 1012 Laser Printer connected to Airport Express
    Canon S900 connected to the AirPort Extreme
    *The Airport Extreme also has a built-in modem and PPP support.

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