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Old 06-30-2004, 01:26 AM   #1
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LAN party for BDay, need advice, info, etc.

For my BDay im having a mini lan party for my friends. I've done a lan party once before, but way different. I didn't have a router/hub/switch so I got 2 crossover cables. And linked up 3 computers together, all using windows XP. Now this time, its going to be one linux machine, and about three to five windows machines. I got my mom to get me a 20 dollar 4 port hub from some random place, and I have my friend bringing over a Netgear, wireless/wire router, that has 4 usable ports. I never REALY networked this many computers, and never gave them IP addresses manualy, I just used the wizard that came with windows. I dont think theres a wizard on Mandrake 10 to do that. Some one give me a run down of what I need to get this off the ground, and also show me how to do Netmasks, Broadcasts, and IP's coreclty. I kinda got an Idea, but never had 2 computers to link with. THANX!
Old 06-30-2004, 03:35 AM   #2
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Sounds like a kludge, but with what you have- happy birthday btw- you can get your friends 4 port router and hook a crossover cable to the hubs uplink port and port 4 on the router. Then you can set the ip scheme to dhcp if the router has that enabled, which I know it does because I'm psychic. And that's it. Plug and play.
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BTW thanx. Anyway, so this what I have to do. Get the NetGear hub, cuz it has its own DHCP. Then just plug everyone into it, and the fourth person (running windows, I could never get Crossover to work with linux) to link up with someone else right? That sounds fine, but since im getting a 4 port hub ($20) anyway, can I link that up instead? I dont like Crossover cable. There a pain to mess with. Thanx.
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Well if you want to make a hub-to-hub (or any such device-to-device) connection, you either need to use a crossover cable or use a special port on the device that is basically a port with the crossover built-in.
So, if your hub doesn't have a crossover port, you need to use a crossover cable.


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