I just got a HughesNet internet satellite installed and I had to go to work when the tech was installing it so he was only able to get the WiFi to work. So now I don't want to use WiFi. I want to be able to run an ethernet cable directly from the Modem to my switch which I have 3 Linux workstations on it. I was using (with my previous modem) these settings in /etc/network/interfaces:

auto eth0
iface eth0 inet static
metric 0

but now I look at the LAN settings for the modem:

IP address:
IP Subnet:

IP Address Poll:

I don't really understand the Network section of System Settings and I tried calling the help desk at Hughesnet and they are totally useless.

I can access the internet over the WiFi using my laptop which is very slow. So I would like to use the ethernet cable to at least my main Linux desktop. I'm using the interfaces file from one of the other workstations which the address is

  • You have to change you ip from 192.168.0.x to 192.168.42.x , change the 3rd digit, keep the first, second, and 4th digit the same. – Panther Jul 21 '17 at 17:53
  • I did that plus, I also changed the network, netmask, broadcast, gateway and dns-nameservers to xx.xx.42.xx – SpaceCowboy Jul 21 '17 at 18:25
  • (sorry - hit return by mistake) and I also found a screen in the modem setup called LAN DHCP where you can specify the mac address and ip address of the workstations. I can also ping from the workstation. – SpaceCowboy Jul 21 '17 at 18:29
  • try specifying ip address of your workstations. You may need to then restart networking. is your gateway so should be working. If not, what problem do you have ? Could be a dns problem ..... – Panther Jul 21 '17 at 18:31
  • my /etc/network/interfaces file looks like this: auto eth0; iface eth0 inet static;address;network;netmask;broadcast;gateway;metric 0;dns-nameservers – SpaceCowboy Jul 21 '17 at 18:56

From the discussion this problem was solved by:

  1. changing to the correct subnet, so address was changed to address so address 192.168.42.x changing the third "0" to "42" .

  2. Setting dns to


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