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Old 12-24-2004, 01:17 PM   #1
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Question Crossover cable network between XP and Gentoo to shace internet connection

I am trying to connect my Gentoo box to my XP computer for the purpose of sharing an internet connection. I don't have any hardware to do this except the NICs from the computers and a crossover cable. I have previously successfully used the same setup to connect an XP box where the Gentoo box is now.

Here's what I have done thus far:
Manually set the NIC on the gateway computer to IP:, Subnet mask, Default Gateway, DNS Server, WINS Server all set to ""

Set the DSL modem connection ICS: (true) allow other network users to connect though this computer's Internet connection. All the other settings for that are automatic (DHCP, auto get DNS, automatic private IP, etc.)

/etc/conf.d/net changes: (only changes on the Gentoo box)
the only un-commented lines are
iface_eth0=" broadcast netmask"

from the Gentoo laptop:
# ping
connect: Network is unreachable

from the XP box:
Pinging... blah blah
Ping timed out.
Ping timed out.
Ping timed out.
Ping timed out.

Old 12-24-2004, 09:13 PM   #2
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Perhaps MS has crippled this feature so only other widows boxes can share the connection (I wouldn't put it past them).

In any event...I would investigate the setup of the windows box....I don't think the problem is with gentoo.
Old 12-24-2004, 10:49 PM   #3
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The internet sharing function routes. Therefore NIC 1 and NIC 2 on your XP box MUST (I stress MUST) be on different networks. Routing does not occur within the same subnet.

On your XP box, NIC 1 is connected to your DSL modem. NIC 1 IP == 192.168.1.x... NIC 2 (in order to route) must be on a different network => 192.168.2.x. Now the gentoo NIC should be on your XP NIC 2 network, 192.168.2.x..


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