Peer-to-Peer : Mixed Linux and Windows

Discussion in 'Linux Networking' started by Allan Young, Dec 13, 2003.

  1. Allan Young

    Allan Young Guest

    OK, heres the story..... I've currently got three Windows 2000 systems in
    the house all linked through DLink wireless PCI cards - works fine, shares
    the cable modem connection for Internet access etc - all set to ad-hoc
    (peer-to-peer).

    What I want to do is include a Linux box into the network - but not wireless
    as I can't seem to find a wireless card with Linux drivers. How can I do
    it? There must be a way, I just can't think of it! Got a feeling I'll need
    a cross-over cable in there somewhere!

    Thanks in advance
     
    Allan Young, Dec 13, 2003
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  2. Allan Young

    Neil Horman Guest

    I assume that the cable modem is connected to a wireless hub via a cat5
    cable to link up to you wireless stations, and that you already have a
    private network configured behind your cable modem (perhaps running dhcp
    for the wireless clients?). If thats the case, then this is easy.
    Assuming the following setup:



    <<<Cable<<<CableModemRouter------WirelessHub)))(((WirelessStations

    all you need to do is add a switch into the mix:

    <<<Cable<<<CableModemRouter---Switch
    | |
    | | -WirelessHub)))(((WirelessStations
    |
    ----LinuxWorkstation

    Where
    <<< is the cable co. coax cable
    --- is cat5 cable (straight through, no crossover needed in this setup)
    )))((( is a wireless connection

    DLink I think makes really cheap 4 port switches for like 40 bucks.
    Then all you need to do is set up your linux NIC for DHCP (assuming you
    use dhcp on your private netowrk) or give it a static address, and
    you're in business

    Should take you all of 10 minutes to set up.

    HTH
    Neil
     
    Neil Horman, Dec 15, 2003
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