I have a Cable / DSL Modem Service which utilizes a dynamic TCP/IP address.
The subnet is 255.255.248.0.
I use a 10/100 Ethernet hub to connect to the cable modem since I have
more than one computer in the house.
I CANNOT assign an IP Address/Subnet mask to my ethernet card in my
computer. If I do, I cannot connect to the Internet.
The key to this problem is having an ISP that uses a Dynamic IP Address.
With this in mind, you cannot change your settings on the NIC card used
for Internet connectivity. If you do, then you are not going to get
RoadRunner to connect. Just a bit of trivia RoadRunner renews its IP
address every 24 hours.
Users with this type of internet connection will have two options with
regards to integrating the AudioTron into their network.
Use a Cable/DSL Router in your network to continue using DHCP with the
AudioTron. This will handle the task of receiving the IP addresses from
the ISP, and route them to where they need to go. This is a slightly more
expensive option, but better and easier, especially if you intend to share
your internet connection among computers.
Install a second NIC card in the system containing your music files, assign
the NIC card its own IP Address, and use the AudioTron with this computer
with Static IP. This is the cheaper option, as NIC cards can be found for
as low as $20.00.
Here is the step by step:
1) Determine if you have a Dynamic IP address.
2) Check with your computer manufacturer to see if there are any known
problems with running dual NIC cards onboard your system.
3) Install the 2nd NIC card (preferably a different model NIC card so you
can tell the difference)
4) Set the IP addresses for the NON-Internet NIC card to the ones specified
with AudioTron's literature.
5) Using a CROSSOVER cable connect, the AudioTron to the host via the new
NIC card specified for AudioTron. Using a crossover cable allows you
to connect directly from the PC to the AudioTron, without using a hub.
If you do not have a crossover cable, then a separate hub would be
From here it should work just perfectly!
NOTE: A regular cat5 patch cable is NOT a Crossover cable. In a Crossover
cable, one wire is crossed so a DIRECT connection can be made between
two PCs without a Router or Hub.