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Old 08-06-2003, 08:09 AM   #1
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Red Hat/XP Connection sharing

I currently have a working set up with 4 computers:
pc1: XP Running ICS
pc2: Win98
pc3: Win98
pc4: Red Hat 9

The XP machine hosts the connection for the other 3, and everything is working fine.
However, I have just finished building the Red Hat box, with the main intention of setting it up as an always-on connection server.
But I can't get it to set up the connection in such a way that I can get a connection on the other computers. Both of the network cards in the Linux box are working fine. I would like a program similiar to firestarter, which would set up this automatically.
Any help would be much appreciated
Old 08-06-2003, 08:44 AM   #2
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brief overview on how to setup such network:

You need to get two NICs for your linux server. One for the LAN and the other for to the WAN (the internet).

Each computer on the network should have one NIC setup with the internal IP address (usually 192.168.x.x).

You should configure your linux box to connect to the internet (if you use DSL connection, you would need PPP), and setup a NAT.

Get a switch and plug in all your computers and on the Windows boxes, setup to connect to the internet via LAN.

Search google for more information on how to setup NAT and connecting to DSL from linux.

You need to configure the other NICs (on the Windows box) to the IP address 192.168.x.x and gateway IP: 192.168.x.1 (or your linux server internal IP address)

Last edited by cIx; 08-06-2003 at 08:45 AM.
Old 08-06-2003, 09:24 AM   #3
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If you need to setup your network card, use the Network Configuration GUI tool in RedHat.

In the menu under System Settings, look for Network.
Open a terminal window and type redhat-config-network

The following post has information on how to setup IP forwarding
and Masquerading (Internet Sharing).


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