What Is FireWire (and How Best to Use It)
Subject:   What's with all the warnings?
Date:   2005-07-27 16:42:52
From:   F.J.
Response to: What's with all the warnings?


First of all, thank you very much for taking the time to write, I really do appreciate it!

The message you are seeing simply means that, when your Mac is set up to share your connection, it turns itself into a DHCP server and assigns IP addresses to devices it is connected to.

This is why it is important to insure that you share your connection with the LAN part of your network and do not turn on Sharing "in the wild", so to speak, which could disrupt your WAN by confusing devices that would then see two DHCP servers next to each other.

Should you want to experiment with the setup, you can do so while disconnected from the Internet and plug it back in once you feel confident your settings are in order.