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Old 05-04-2004, 08:30 PM   #1
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Angry hybrid network problems

okay, i have a very interesting dillemma, well I think so anyway. Here it is: I currently have 3 computers at my house, my parents computer, my laptop, both of which are running xp, and my brand new linux machine! I am new to linux but have heard of the wonderfulness so I decided to try it.
The way my network is currently set up is I have a dsl connection coming into my parents computer. From my parents computer I have a wireless access point which goes to my wireless card into my laptop. From here is where it gets real ugly. I have a small, 5 port netgear switch connecting my xp laptop and linux computer together. My goal is to get the linux machine to access my laptop's internet connection, and I have tried many things including internet connection sharing, using the same default gateway for all computers connecting, and by the way I am running Fedora Core 1 on the linux machine if that helps. Like I said, I am fairly new at linux and don't know where i'm going wrong in setting up the network...oh yea i tried setting the dhcp on the fedora and that didn't work either. HELP@!
Old 05-04-2004, 09:39 PM   #2
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Presumably the DSL connection is USB, your parents computer is doing ICS and the access point is a USB bridge?

There is no nice way to do this.

Configure the wired network card in the laptop and the linux machine with unique static ip addresses in the subnet you are using (probably 192.168.0.x) Enable ip forwarding in the xp laptop (registry edit). Set the default gateway on the linux machine to the ip address of the wired card in the laptop. Manually set the linux box to use your ISP's dns servers. I'm not entirly certain this will work, depends on the exact behaviour of XP.

Alternativly you could run a http proxy such as junkbuster on the laptop and set your browser on the linux machine to use it.

I have not used ICS on XP, if you can get the laptop to do ICS from the wired interface to the the wireless interface then in theory it should work. In practise I'd expect it to be troublesome.

Whatever you do you, if you use samba the linux machine will not reliably appear in network neighbourhood on all the machine. CIFS is not routable.


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