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Re: networking question

Gerhard Magnus wrote:
One thing I've always liked about computers is that it's possible for
one to do so much more than one understands; a little knowledge turns
out to have a great deal of leverage. But now I'd like to backtrack a
bit and learn something about the LAN I've already cobbled together.

My interface with the Internet is an Actiontec DSL modem (which I then
have connected to a router.) When I use a browser to look at the modem's
"status" window I see it's connected to a WAN (wide-area network?) which
I assume is administered by my ISP. The WAN information includes an "IP
address" and a "Gateway" which differ only in their last two sections
(i.e. IP address xxx.xxx.181.193 and Gateway xxx.xxx.180.1) Why are
these two addresses needed? (I'm thinking my LAN would only need one IP

Thanks for the help on what's probably a very elementary question....

Yes, very elementary, the IP address is what you think it is, the IP for your DSL modem. All of your incoming traffic is routed to/through it. The GATEWAY address is for all of your *outgoing* traffic. The DSL modem needs to know that it needs to be sent to that address in order for it to be delivered to the proper targets. The GATEWAY is not a part of your setup, its another router in your ISP's network that you need to know about in order to use it properly. Its the ISP's equivalent of your LAN's "default" route. Your LAN sends outgoing traffic to gateway listed on your "default" route (which I imagine is your DSL modem) which then needs to send it to *it's* GATEWAY in order to get where its going.

Clear as mud?

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