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Phase 2B (Connect): Integrate IP connectivity

Here is the 3rd post in the series related to the MPET Application Name: Embedded MPET for IP and DV modes post made back last month.

Prior posts have threads to comment on.

This post's goal is to talk about getting internet connectivity to the computer with integrated MPET. Its honestly such a basic thing, but for process, here we go....

Ways to get internet connectivity to the integrated Embedded MPET for IP and DV modes unit include:

  • Physical Ethernet wire connected in to the embedded NIC in the computer
  • Add on Wi-Fi PCIe card to the computer
  • USB based Wi-Fi or ethernet adapter
  • USB based cellular modem or hotspot

This post is ONLY going to explore very basic concepts to ensure no loss of connectivity at a remote site since this computer will run headless (meaning, no keyboard, monitor, mouse, etc). This post will also only address issues in a Microsoft Windows environment since that is what MOST people will probably use (Sorry all you Linux and Apple people)

Network Interface Tips

If you are using a modern version of Windows (98 and later. Win7 preferred), you will see under Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network Connections either one or more network connections for your computer. Your physical NIC as well as any Wi-Fi or other adapters that could be USB based will be here. You may also see some other devices such as VPN or bridges. DISABLE anything else you see.

For simplicity sake, I am showing a computer with just ONE network connection as shown by Local Area Connection 2 in the above photo.

Tip #1: Start with just ONE network connection enabled if you show more than one. This will prevent some challenges in the future. "Right Click" and select "Disable" for ALL other listed NIC's. DO NOT DISABLE the one with the "internet" already coming in to the computer.

Tip #2: Click in to "Properties" and make sure IPv6 is NOT check marked. This will make some things easier in troubleshooting your internet connection. MAKE SURE IPv4 is selected. Leave everything else as it appears.

Tip #3: Most likely, your NIC is set for DHCP (Means your router provides the next available IP address that could get automatically assigned) It MAY be a good idea AFTER you get things working, to manually assign the IP address like it shows below. This way this remote computer ALWAYS gets the same IP address every time.

Tip #4: As in Tip #3, you can also do an address reservation in MOST routers which will associate your NIC MAC address with a specific IP address ALL THE TIME. This is helpful in identifying specific network devices in your network and having to use the computer in built IP address management by just leaving DHCP enabled versus manually.

A follow up post is going to address:

  • Firewall and Port Forwarding Issues

  • Getting a computer with Echolink to talk to a mesh network that is also internet (WAN) connected.

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