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Old 04-27-2007, 04:28 PM   #1
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Linux and Router Use on Debian


We are thinking of buying a router so the computer downstairs does not have to be constantly on. The other computers in the house are fine, they run on windows, but I am worried as I don't know much on the subject of networking, and worried that the router will not be compatible with my pc. Do the routers automatically configure by DHCP, or is an extra piece of software required? Does any body have any recommendations for good routers that work with linux? The hardware compatibility list was not of much use here, nor was google.

I'm okay with recompiling the kernel and stuff, so any solutions here would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 04-27-2007, 04:32 PM   #2
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Home routers (Linksys, Belkin) typically provide dhcp addresses and yes you can have Linux do dhcp. Since the router is just providing a dhcp address you shouldn't need to load any drivers to make it work - so far as Linux knows it is just talking to a dhcp server. The only driver that should be important is the one for the NIC itself. If that is already working then you shouldn't have to worry about it.

Some people actually configure Linux itself with multiple NICs so it acts as a router for their other systems and you may be confused by seeing people doing things like that.
 
Old 04-27-2007, 04:37 PM   #3
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I've got a Netgear DG834G that works OK with Linux and Windows. No extra software required for DHCP. OK on all the distro's I've tried.
 
Old 04-27-2007, 04:39 PM   #4
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jlightner's said it all, but I have a question about your post:
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We are thinking of buying a router so the computer downstairs does not have to be constantly on. The other computers in the house are fine, they run on windows,
What is the computer downstairs that's constantly on? Is it some Linux or Windows computer that you configured to run as a router? If so, does your setup look like the following? If not, what do you have going there?

cable modem->computer downstairs running dhcp->ethernet switch->your other computers

"->" means connected to
 
Old 04-28-2007, 04:02 AM   #5
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What is the computer downstairs that's constantly on? Is it some Linux or Windows computer that you configured to run as a router
Yes, it is a windows computer configured to run as a router, but is also used for other things too.

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cable modem->computer downstairs running dhcp->ethernet switch->your other computers
Yes, you are correct.

Thanks for the replies everyone. You have been of a great help.
 
  


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