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Re: [SLE] network setup
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- Date: Wed, 5 Jan 2000 00:35:59 -0500
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> I still consider myself a newbie with Linux and a complete dummy
> about networking as I have never dealt with it before. Now that
> is out of the way, I would like this groups recommendation as to
> setting up two computer for networking.
> I have one computer that has Linux installed and one with
> windows. Each has only the one OS on it. I would also like to be
> able to use either computer or both at the same time when
> connected to the internet if this is possible.
> So I need recommendations for:
> 1. When networking cards to obtain.
Well, I have used a number of netword cards (also known as NIC's). I
must admit that hands down the BIG hand brand cards are much easier to
work with. I only deal with 3COM, but Intel is also a good brand. I
recommend looking around for some older name brand NIC's and getting
> 2. Other than the programs installed for networking by 6.3, which
> other programs would be needed. (Samba, VW, etc)
Everything is on the CD's
> 3. What type of cableing between the two computers is easiest or
There is both BNC (cable like that of cable TV) or RJ45, it looks like
telephone wire but with four pair rather then two pair wire. I
recommend going with RJ45, but as someone else said, it requires a HUB,
BUT you can use crossover cable rather then spending the money on a
HUB. I recommend RJ45 because the one crossover cable will be cheaper
then the terminators and the cable for BNC, and more importantly it is
very easy to mess up the physical connection on BNC.
> 4. If the phone line is connected to the Linux computer, how do
> you connect
> the Windos computer to the telephone line through the Linux
> machine. 56K
> modems are installed in both computers.
There is a lot to this one, like someone else said, only use the modem
in the Linux box and setup IP Masquerading to allow the Windows box to
get to the net. I have aDSL so I don't know how to configure Linux to
dial up an ISP, but I do know that you will need to look into
configuring ppp. The next question is, do you want the Linux box to
dial the net every time either box tries to access the net? If you do,
I believe you will want to look into setting up diald, but I might be
wrong on this account.
What order to do things in? I would first get the NIC installed and get
the two boxes talking to one another. Then I would get the Linux box
configured to dial up you ISP, if you haven't already. Then setup IP
Masqurading. There are other things like Samba that you might want to
consider running, also. But before you do, you might want to look into
It is very easy to end up broadcasting network services like Samba to
the Internet if you don't look into security. I have implimented a
firewall here just to be safe:)
Hope this helps!
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