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Old 12-29-2004, 03:13 AM   #1
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A Newbie Trying to network


Hello to all. I just installed Mandrake 10.1. I decided that this was the linux to use as a newbie. While I managed to install it with little problem. I am having a few problems. I'm not completely new to Linux, I have played with it on other boxes of my friend, and know my way around the terminal a little bit. But the whole networking thing has me stumped, as does installing any kind of software where I can find it.

First I don't have internet access on my linux box, because we are running a wireless network. My box would be using a Linksys WUSB54G card. I was wondering if anybody could help me with getting this card to work, if that is possible.

I am also having a problem getting Mandrake to connect to my Windows XP computer, via a crossover cable. I have not been able to find Samba , as it is said to be included in the install, and I installed LinNeighborhood, but I have also been unable to find that program either.

So if anybody could possible help me, it would be much appreciated.


Dom

I'm also using KDE v.3.2

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Old 12-29-2004, 08:01 AM   #2
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Is the eth inerface already configured?

Hi eaterofsmoke,

did you already properly set up yout network card?

First, you need to set up a kernel driver for the card because its a wireless / WiFi thingy - maybe the HCL Forums plus a little google might help, for I have no experience with a Linksys WUSB54G.

Done this, you have to ifconfig (see man page for that, too) your eth interface - usually, it is eth0.

Example:

Code:
ifconfig eth0 inet addr 192.168.8.15 netmask 255.255.255.0 broadcast 192.168.8.255 up
If you do not use DHCP, add your nameserver to the file /etc/resolv.conf - Example:
Code:
nameserver 192.168.8.254
If you use DHCP, you have to ask Google again, I do not use this in my little home network. In Knoppix, there is a nice utility "netcardconfig", I think it is a script. If you try to analyze this, it might give you some enlightenment.

Got it? OK, then try to ping around - first local, then in the Internet. If local works, but not the Intenet, there may be something wrong with your nameserver, try numerical IP addresses you know in the Internet. If this succeeds, use a different (or the proper) nameserver.

HTH,

Peter
 
Old 01-21-2005, 04:07 AM   #3
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if i understand you right PBSchmidt ...

the address of the nameserver has to be the same as the address of the machine i connect to (the adsl router in my case).

give some ip adresses that are confirmed that work on the internet

thanks for help
 
Old 01-21-2005, 09:21 AM   #4
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Well, usually you configure your router as a DNS proxy; if you have not, choose the DNS address your ISP provides.

Giving "an address that works" is a hard thing, because this specific DNS server will be contacted every time you have to resolve an address - if it is "far away", your performance will be poor and this will yeild high long-distance traffic.

So, best is to choose the DNS server your ISP provides.

HTH,


Peter
 
Old 01-21-2005, 01:18 PM   #5
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Well, usually you configure your router as a DNS proxy
... ok, so what shall i do to configure it as a DNS proxy?

as far as i remember i had a choice to configure either a FTP or HTTP proxy in mdk (using a drake for configuring the system)

is it an option somewhere in the router then ?

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Old 01-22-2005, 08:56 AM   #6
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There should be. The router I use (SMC) has a configuration option "primary DNS Server" and "secondary DNS Server" where I put the IPs of two DNS server my ISP provides. Alternatively, you can take those and put them into your /etc/resolv.conf
Code:
nameserver <here goes the numerical IP address of the DNS server you want to ask by default>
Got it?

Using the router DNS "proxy"
  • makes it easier to change the default DNS server for the whole network
  • enables you to close the DNS port for outgoing
My EUR 0.02

HTH,

Peter
 
Old 01-26-2005, 02:53 AM   #7
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what do you mean by :
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Originally posted by PBSchmidt
[*]enables you to close the DNS port for outgoing
???

baron
 
Old 01-26-2005, 04:16 AM   #8
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Well, just that you can keep all the DNS queries in you local network and do not have to open the DNS port (destination: 53) for outgoing DNS connections.

That's not too much of a problem to keep it open, but it is always a good idea to minimize the number of ports that can bypass your firewall.

HTH,


Peter
 
Old 01-28-2005, 06:55 PM   #9
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thanks for help ...

(btw i think i have hijacked this thread, 'cos i don't see any posts of the author ...)
 
  


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