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I have taken over the support and admin of a small office network. Currently all devices connect to a 3Com switch. The devices in question are a number of laptops, Windows 2000 server, one Xerox copier, HP printer and HP Windows XP PC. Currently internet access is via the Windows 2000 server acting as a NAT gateway but gives slow response. After checking out the network whilst on-site I have found another RJ45 floorbox in the office that gives internet access when connecting a laptop to it. I am thinking of getting a router to connect to this floorbox and also to a port on the 3Com switch. Would this give me internet access to the office network instead of using the Windows 2000 server? Thanks.

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I am getting a Linksys router to connect to the spare floorbox and to one of the ports on the 3Com switch. Will stop using the Windows 2000 server as a NAT gateway and will just use as a DHCP server for the internal network. Will use the Linksys router as the gateway instead for internet access. Will this work guys? Thanks.

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set the DHCP to provide the new router as gateway for the workstations.
that will make them address the router

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Cheers DimaYasny and of course I will need to disable the second NIC card on ther server that is currently being used for internet access?

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the two NICs can be teamed up for better performance and reliability, since the server is only on the LAN now

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Are there any other services I need to stop running on the W2K server? Also how do I team up both NICs?

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well, do you have any additional services that were running on the server, that used the internet connection? Exchange, DNS forwarder, etc

Teaming depends on the NICs that you have, is it a brandname server?

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The Linksys manual does mention about keeping the IP address for the router on the LAN side to 192.168.0.1. I would like to use another IP address in this range ( 192.168.0.101 ). Is this ok to use this IP address for the default gateway for the LAN? Cheers.

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Cheers. I intend to give the router an IP address of 192.168.0.101 for the LAN port and configure the WAN port of the router with DHCP.

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