How do I connect to the terminal directly or over a Local Area Network (LAN)?
The indoor unit of the terminal provides a 10/100 Mbps Ethernet Interface which allows you to directly connect a single computer (via a crossover Ethernet cable) as well as a network hub, switch, router or proxy server.
Can I connect to my terminal through a wireless connection?
Yes, through the Ethernet interface it is possible to connect directly a wireless access point or wireless bridge. Many routers have these functions built-in as well. No directly connected PC or workstation is needed.
Can I use Linux for my primary operating system?
The VSAT terminal is an independent station, with no PC needed for operation. Thus the operation system of the computers connected to the LAN port of the terminal does not matter, as long as it supports the Internet Protocol (IP) and Network Interface Card (NIC) of your computer. This is the case of most modern operating systems, including Linux and MAC OS.
What is a Static IP?
A static IP address is assigned by an Internet Service Provider (or ISP) to their customer and will not change automatically. Often an ISP will charge an additional fee for this as they are not able to assign the IP to another user when your modem is offline. Static IP’s are vital when hosting a server for applications and video games, as users will need to know the IP to connect to it.
What is a Dynamic IP?
A dynamic IP address is assigned automatically by an ISP after a certain period of time, or when the modem is restarted. These are in constant circulation, but changes are stored in the ISP’s databases for tracking purposes. There are free and paid services to resolve a dynamic IP into a URL and update whenever your IP changes.
How do I check my computer IP address in Windows?
There are two main ways to check the IP address of a Windows PC:
I) Open a command prompt/MS-DOS window and use the following commands at the DOS prompt
ipconfig (for computers running Windows NT and above) or
winipcfg (for computers with Windows 95,98)
It displays IP address, subnet mask and gateway IP addresses of your network cards.
II) Right click on network neighborhood icon on your tray bar and select properties, or open if on Windows Vista/7. Select the TCP/IP Ethernet adapter of your PC and click on properties again. On Windows Vista/7 click the Details button to view your IP address.
How do I check my Internet IP address?
An easy way to check your internet IP address is using Google. Search “what is my ip” and it will display it for you under the search bar.
What is a gateway?
A gateway is a network point that acts as an entrance to another network. It is a way to link between two different networks such as between a home network and an Internet service provider. The gateway is configured under the TCP/IP setup window in network neighbourhood properties.
What is ping?
Ping is a basic Internet program that lets you verify whether a particular IP address exists and can accept requests. Ping is used diagnostically to ensure that a host device you are trying to reach is actually operating. Ping can also be used to see how long it takes to get a response back in milliseconds (ms).
To use the ping command, go to the command prompt/MS-DOS prompt and type:
ping [IP or website]