I really need to get my phone working. So I am hoping to get this done as fast as possible.
What I have:
Two ethernet cards
Linksys VoIP IPA PAP2T
Arris TM502G Cable Modem
I have a phone set up similar to Vonage but it is not, it is a different company.
Now I have had this issue with being able to either connect to the internet or use the VoIP IPA and a Workgroup Switch. There is only one port on the cable modem so that is out, I can only use that to have one thing hooked up at a time. I was trying to use a 5-port 10/100 Workgroup switch “Linksys EZX855W” and that is just not working no matter what I try.
So my solution, so far, is this. I added another Ethernet card to my computer. But setting it up like this is very new to me. I need to get the second Ethernet card to work with the VoIP IPA.
So basically I have the cable connected to the modem. The modem connected to eth0. I need eth1 to connect to the VoIP IPA and be usable for my phone.
How do I do this, how do I set this up?
This is annoying the hell out of me. I think the problem is with my modem and not the workgroup switch. For some reason if I have both the computer and the IPA hooked up at the same time the modem assigns 192.168.100.2 to the IPA but it won’t do anything with it. It’s like it assigns a dead address and their is no setup page I can find to play around with the modem, believe me I looked.
The IPA works great, mostly, when it has the actual IP address. I am thinking about setting up a separate computer as a firewall/gateway and then trying this all. Maybe that will get around this cable modem. I want to try one more thing first. It is possible that the IPA is not seeing things the right way.
It is the modem. I set up an old computer and put SME on it. After some headaches I realized one of the ethernet cards was shot. After I replaced that it worked fine. Both the phone and internet at the same time without anything cutting out.
Now I am going to get rid of SME and install Smoothwall instead. SME was what I was familiar with and I wanted to make sure it would work but I don’t want a server and gateway set up.
I stuck with SME, I am familiar with it and I kept messing Smoothwall up somehow. I just set SME up as a private server.
So I did it my way and the problem is solved. I will try another way if it is better later. Spending all day on this I am calling it a victory and leaving it at that.