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Old 07-21-2004, 10:33 AM   #1
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mixing static and dynamic ip addresses


Hello there. I am having trouble connecting a linux computer with a static ip
address (192.168.1.2) assigned to eth0 to a windows XP computer that uses DHCP for its ethernet interface (via crossover cable). Only a physical connection is
established. Not even the ping command works.

When both computers are assigned static IP address, the connection works, but
now it breaks Windows's file/print sharing capabilities when I connect two Windows computers with static IP address. Samba still works using static IP address but using static IP address between two Windows computers partially
breaks networking such as the ability to connect to LAN type games. Any ideas how to fix this?

Thanks for any help,
Yale
 
Old 07-21-2004, 11:49 AM   #2
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Are both of the interfaces on the same subnet?

ie. both have 192.168.1.x addresses?
 
Old 07-21-2004, 01:16 PM   #3
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Ahhhhh. Stupid me. The problem why I can't connect is because the computers don't belong to the subnet. I chose 192.168.1.x for all computers running linux and it seems that Windows always likes to choose 169.x.x.x for its dynamically configured address.

Now I still need to solve why Windows networking doesn't like static IP address (i.e. can't connect
to LAN games).
 
Old 07-21-2004, 04:14 PM   #4
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Are you getting 169.254.X.X on your DHCP config? 169.254.X.X are "made up" address that are used when there is no response from a DHCP service. Have you checked your DHCP server to see if it's getting the request and what IP it is actually giving out?

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Old 07-21-2004, 06:32 PM   #5
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I don't have a DHCP server. I'm just connecting two computers via an ethernet crossover cable (which explains why the address is 169.254.x.x). It seems now that the problem of not being able to connect to LAN games (Age of Empires) is solved after I set the appropriate subnet masks.

Now the only problem left is that I can't share drives/printers between two windows computers when they both have static IP address (192.168.1.2 and 192.168.1.3, subnet mask 255.0.0.0).
Microsoft conspiracy?
 
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Are you referencing the computers by name or IP address? If by name, you might consider adding entries to the hosts files on both systems.
 
  


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