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Old 03-25-2006, 07:42 PM   #1
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samba problem

I want to know how to get my linux box to recognize the shared folder on my laptop.

My networks is setup like this
Voip Router(
Wireless Router(
As you can see my internet connection goes through a Linksys Voip router and into a wireless router.
My linux box is connected by a cat5 cable to the Voip router. Its current ip is
My laptop is connected by wireless g to the wireless router. Its current ip is
Both Linux and my laptop use the WORKGROUP local network name.
I have Fedora Core 5 on my Linux box and Windows XP home on my laptop. I know this is not a firewall issue because the firewalls are disabled on both computers.
Does anyone have any idea how to get either computer to recognize each other and have the ability to write data to each other over my network configuration?
Thanks for the help
Old 03-25-2006, 09:20 PM   #2
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Is there a good reason to use two subnets? Looks a little too sophisticated for a home network. I'd recommend to use only the subnet provided by VoIP router and use the wireless router as an access point.
Old 03-26-2006, 02:30 PM   #3
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Im the kid in the family and my dad doesn't like messing with computer stuff once its working. The reason we use 2 routers is because the all in one router (Linksys wrt54gp2a-at) restarts every few minutes and my dad and I cant find the firmware update.
I don't think I can reconfigure the network but then I have another question.
Can I put another ethernet card into my Linux box and connect my laptop to my desktop with a cat5 cable and transfer files that way?
If so how could I do about doing this? I have crossover cables if they're needed.
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OK, have a look at this setup:
xDSL router. It has built-in DHCP, NAT and DNS >>
>> Another router, once again DHCP, NAT, DNS >>
>> Wireless router, again DHCP, NAT and DNS.
This seems to be the most common home network setup nowadays. Do I have to say it does not make any sense? All it does is probably some lag. Peple buy all these precious devices, hook them together ... and wow, it works! But computer networking is not a kids puzzle - if pieces fit you are done.
So there is no question whether your network should be reconfigured. It should be configured because right now it is not configured at all. One DHCP server, one NAT and one caching DNS server in one private address range is the desired result here.
If you like, of course you can install another NIC and connect directly using a crossover cable. Install the NIC, load appropriate kernel module (or recompile kernel), use ifconfig to set the NIC up. That's it.
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As pointed out previously, you're going to have to put both boxes on the same subnet - the easiest way would be to make the wireless router an access point with a fixed ip of .....15.2 and give your laptop a fixed ip (why bother with dhcp unless you have to...), and try a gateway of 15.2 first; if it doesn't work for you go with the voip's gateway.

the only other way would be to ssh to your *nix box over the net, which kinda defeats the purpose of the lan, doesn't it?



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