04-27-2012 08:51 AM
For various complex reasons I have an unusual network set up as follows:
My SB Touch is connected to a unmanaged switch that is connected to my Mac Mini.
My Mac Mini is set to share it's Wifi internet connection to all devices connected via Ethernet (via switch).
I have SB Touch Static IP address set as 192.168.2.2
Mac Mini Static Ethernet address is 192.168.2.1
Mac Mini WiFi IP address is set to DCHP and the IP address is obtained from the main router which is at 192.168.1.1
Subnet on all devices is 255.255.255.0
The SB Touch keeps losing it's ethernet connection and I have to keep entering it manually.
In an ideal world I would have connected the Touch via Ethernet to the main network router using DCHP. Am I trying to achieve the impossible or is it possible to make this set up work? If so what would be the best settings?
Any advice is much appreciated, thanks.
04-27-2012 12:33 PM - edited 04-27-2012 12:38 PM
Essentially what you have is a nested router configuration (2 DNS servers) which causes issues for the squeezebox because it cannot jump subnets. I'll set the stage for my example, In a normal situation: hypothetically say you have a modem and router in your office and a wireless booster in your garage, you can use a wireless booster ( a 2nd router in relay mode) to extend your network range out to a remote area within wireless range of your main router and bridge that wireless connection to an Ethernet connected device like a squeezebox (say you like to jam to AC/DC while working on your camero). If that wireless booster has DHCP enabled it will issue an IP via Ethernet to your Squeezebox but dose not link it to your main router with an internet connection, what needs to be done is have that Booster run with DHCP disabled which would turn that booster into a simple passthrough relay back to the main router. This works because the Squeezebox would be on a single subnet.
If I understand your description correctly your setup for your MAC would relate to the wireless booster in my description since you have a router with DHCP enabled and a Mac with DHCP enabled connected wireless bridging Ethernet to you Touch. Thing is I don't know if you can disable DHCP on the Mac and have both devices still work, I have never done this sort of configuration with a Mac. What your trying to do (though unsupported by logitech) is plausible with the right configuration. I suggest you research either turning off DHCP on the Mac and have it as a glorified switch to your main router or disable DHCP in the router and have the Mac be the main HUB and all devices route to it via wireless and Ethernet.
maybe someone here has a similar setup and can fill in the blanks I've left as well as you can check the squeezebox dedicated forums: www.forums.slimsevices.com
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04-30-2012 02:01 AM
Many thanks Logan, After resetting Touch and re-installing SBS, I managed to work out how to get everything working on one network range and not on any subnets.
Thanks for the advice!