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So you now have all of your different network types talking together. Great job!  

You'll probably want more than one computer on each LAN, so here is some information to help you get started.

  • Adding computers to the Ethernet LAN
    Connect a hub or switch to the Ethernet LAN NIC in the MMR.  Connect your additional computers to the hub.  Assign IP information manually and be sure to use the right Gateway and DNS addresses. If you follow the address scheme in the example, you'll use 192.168.1.X for the computer IP addresses and 192.168.1.254 for Gateway and DNS.

More Ethernet LAN Resources:
Lantronix - Network Anything: Ethernet Tutorial Part II
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  • Adding computers to the Wireless LAN
    Just follow your manufacturer's instructions for adding additional computers to the wireless LAN.  Assign IP information manually and be sure to use the right Gateway and DNS addresses. If you follow the address scheme in the example, you'll use 192.168.2.X for the computer IP addresses and 192.168.2.254 for Gateway and DNS.

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  • Adding computers to the HomePNA (phoneline) LAN
    Although the example network didn't have a phone line segment, just follow your manufacturer's instructions for adding additional computers to the HomePNA LAN.  Be sure you connect the additional computers to the same phone line. Assign IP information manually and be sure to use the right Gateway and DNS addresses. If you follow the address scheme in the example, you'll use 192.168.3.X for the computer IP addresses and 192.168.3.254 for Gateway and DNS.

More HomePNA Resources:
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NOTE: If your network has more than 5 computers, you may need to purchase a VIG license upgrade.  The least expensive version of SoftRouter Plus handles 5 computers simultaneously.  You can have more than 5 computers, as long as no more than 5 are active at the same time.  

That's it!  Enjoy your Mixed Media network!  

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