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Old 01-21-2011, 01:54 PM   #1
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How do I connect wireless AND ethernet


I would like to connect my wireless card to one network (192.168.182.XXX) and my ethernet cable to another network (192.168.1.XXX)

Specifically, my wireless card connects to the internet through 192.168.182.XXX. My ethernet cable will connect to a server with NFS shares.

If I just connect both up, the wired connections takes over and I no longer have access to the internet.


Edit: Update - Both cards are connected. I have been able to connect to the NFS shares via my wired connection. The only remaining problem is how do I tell my browser to use the wireless connection rather than the wired when it searches the net? Currently it apparently defaults to the wired connection and finds nothing.

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Old 01-21-2011, 03:43 PM   #2
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SimplyMepis has a "Network Manager" GUI that should allow you to configure both interfaces (wlan0 and eth1, or vice versa) independently of each other:
Old 01-21-2011, 04:04 PM   #3
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Hi glenn69, it sounds like you've gotten by setting up the two interfaces, but have run into a routing issue.

If you run netstat -rn you should see the routing table for your system. I am guessing you'll find that your system thinks it can route traffic through your wired LAN and since it has a lower metric than the wireless, it will try to use it when connected.

Also, what is your /etc/network/interfaces?

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following as I'm trying to do the same thing
Old 01-21-2011, 06:30 PM   #5
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Glenn -

1. Output from "/sbin/ifconfig" and "netstat -rn" would be helpful.

... but FIRST ...

2. Please follow my advice and look at your SimpyMepis Network Manager.

... because ...

3. If you've indeed got two separate networks (192.168.182.XXX/ and 192.168.1.XXX/, and you've configured them correctly, then things should pretty much "just work".

And the Network Manager GUI is probably your best bet for configuring things correctly.



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