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Network bridge - Windows 8 - wired and wireless

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January 31, 2013 1:39:23 PM

Hello,

Ok, so here is my setup :

- Desktop PC connected through ethernet to my DSL modem/router. Network "ABC" (internet). The desktop is ALSO connected to network "XYZ" (no internet - home network only).

- Hi-fi amp connected through ethernet to network "XYZ" to a regular router. I have to have a wired connection to the amp.

-Android phones connected to XYZ.

- Laptop connected to ABC (for internet access)

My goal is to be able to use DLNA to stream my music collection (stored on dekstop PC) to my amp, which I achieve to do if I only log my desktop to network XYZ. I've tried crerating a network bridge (Win 8 pro). Now, I thought this would work perfectly, but laptop won't connect to network ABC (modem returns an error, says Windows).

Also, I'm using a Thomson TG585 modem/router... I noticed that the lights seems to freeze and I can't access the modem firmware through its ip, even if the ethernet light is green.

More info : I had to manually assign the DNS adress on the desktop computer, but managed to connected to ABC from my lapop without touching DNS.

All in all, my networks seems to work in bits and pieces, and behaves eratically. Not sure what to do.

I'm on the verge of buying another modem/router, but I'm not sure if this would really help to fix my problem.

Any help would be appreciated... :cry: 
January 31, 2013 2:27:56 PM

what are the IPs for the NICs in the desktop?

are they static IPs?

do you have a gateway assigned to the (xyz) NIC?
January 31, 2013 2:41:07 PM

Emerald said:
what are the IPs for the NICs in the desktop?

are they static IPs?

do you have a gateway assigned to the (xyz) NIC?


Hello!

I don't think they are static IPs. At least, I have not set this up, and never did in the past. Not sure how to do this, I guess I can find the information somewhere on the interwebs. Is this a necessary part? Would this be the source of windows confusion?

I didn't not assign a gateway - not sure what is it and what it does! :S

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January 31, 2013 2:43:48 PM

try to use a static IP on the xyz network card but do not enter a gateway IP
January 31, 2013 2:50:30 PM

Also, this rather complex setup is necessary just because my amp's connection needs to be wired. perhaps simply buying a bridge and using only 1 network might be a lot easier...
January 31, 2013 2:53:12 PM

Emerald said:
try to use a static IP on the xyz network card but do not enter a gateway IP


Ok, I'll find out how to do this and test it.

Thanks.
February 1, 2013 2:38:07 PM

what kind of router is the XYZ one?
February 1, 2013 2:51:06 PM

Emerald said:
what kind of router is the XYZ one?


XYZ is a D-Link DIR615, if I remember correctly.

However, the ABC modem/router was a Thomson TG585 and seemed defective. I could not log into the firmware for more than 30 seconds. Tried to assign static IPs, didn't help.

So, I went andbought a new modem/router (Netgear, only one I could find!). Everything works smoothly now. Ive bridged the two networks (ABC + XYZ) in Windows 8.

Only (slight) problem is that when I connect to network XYZ, the internet does not work. Any simple way to make this work?

Thanks!
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