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Old 05-25-2004, 01:04 PM   #1
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home networking using wireless

I have dual boot (rh9/WinXP on different hard drives) running on a dell machine. I also have a laptop that runs WinXP. I connect to internet through a DSL wireless internet package from SBC Yahoo. I also bought the hardware from SBC which includes a base station (from 2Wire, The base station uses ethernet (eth0 in Linux) to connect to internet. Linux loads the eth0 on startup and the internet runs just fine (just as fast as in WinXP).

I think the 2Wire hardware is proprietory but I read somewhere that I can go to FCC website ( and then type in the fcc id that is printed on every device) to find out the OEM parts (if any) in my 2Wire and from there on I can locate and load drives for 2Wire base station. Unfortunately, FCC sites does not return any result. 2Wire only supports XP and Mac.

My laptop which uses a wireless pc card to connect to base station for internet also works fine even when i run linux. I also access my winxp hard drive by mounting it in linux.

I want to share files across linux desktop and winxp laptop using wireless. Can I do it??? I may have not defined the problem too clearly but I dont know how else to phrase it.

I am sure there will be many users who would be using the SBC Yahoo DSL service and might be using the same hardware that I use.

Please reply.
Old 05-25-2004, 03:21 PM   #2
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to share files between linux and windows, you need to be running a samba server

but i dont like samba a whole lot and have not had much luck in setting it up, therefore my suggestion is to make a user on your computer and run an ftp server on your linux box to share files from

to access your xp shares, goto smb:\\ in any fileviewer

that should work hopefully, but ftp seems like the easiest way, and thats what i use also
Old 05-25-2004, 03:40 PM   #3
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if you do not want to set up samba(im having issues with it now as im a newbie and dont get why its not doing what i tell it to do), then better and safer then setting up a FTP server on your linux or M$ box, just use ssh and putty or better yet use

winSCP its a sftp GUI that looks and feels just like cuteFTP. it will alow you to transfer files between your M$ boxes and linux boxes with out any issues.

with that you can go both ways, but you will not have the full power of a share that you will get from samba.
Old 05-25-2004, 04:00 PM   #4
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Thanks for your replies.
I'm dying to try it but I can't since I am at work. But I'll try out once I get off work.
Thanks once again.


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