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Old 07-22-2002, 05:08 PM   #1
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Question multiple NICs

i'm being lazy now as its just taken me three days to install FWBuilder.
some one tell me how to install a second NIC.....

i have installed two Netgear FA310TX cards in my redhat 7.2 box.
only one is detected.
i try to add as in network settings in Gnome but it is "not detected".
if i add a eth1 file in network-scripts folder this only ads a device not the hardware.
when loading up the hardware detector Kazor (or whatever) doesnt detect the second card.
Old 07-22-2002, 06:36 PM   #2
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If the cards are identical, both should be detected when the module for the first is loaded. Try:

ifconfig -a

This will list the hardware information on all available network interfaces. If there isn't a listing for an eth1, then something might be a little off... Netgear is know to change a chipset slightly and not at all change the model information or packaging. Linksys is infamous for this. I doubt though that you're having this problem, RH's Kudzu has gotten a lot better in the past few years... but I don't think it automagically probes for a second card.

If it is there, first try bringing up the interface and getting it to do something before trying to automate it. For instance:

ifconfig eth1 up

and then ping something on that network. Adjust the IP for whichever network you're trying to build.

Offhand, is this going to be a NAT box? Just curious as that's the usual reason for a 2nd card.


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Hey Finegan,

Thanks for the tip.

at start up only eth0 showed up as [OK]
and there was only one adapter in network config.
this made me think that the second adapter was not being detected.
but when i used ifconfig -a the results showed that eth0 and eth1 where functioning.
i went back to the hardware section and added one manually with the correct type listed.
this worked.
easy when you know how....

i'm going to use the machine as a firewall!
I've just installed FWBuilder (and samba.)
i've used mostly windows machines b4 and am new to linux but am slowly getting used to it.
do u know of any good guides for newbies?


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