Setting up Local Area Network (Dazed & Confused)

Eric Dunbar eric.dunbar at
Sat Jun 11 15:45:28 UTC 2005

One other solution (which is preferrable in the long term, I'm sure):
Get yourself a router and plug the modem into the router's WAN port
and the computers into the LAN ports. The router has a built-in DHCP
server which will dish out the IP addresses to the computers. It is
also possible that your modem has a built-in DHCP server, in which
case, all you'd need is a "hub" or a "switch" (which are even cheaper
than routers.

FYI Routers can be had for $20 or so so they're not exactly expensive ;-).


On 6/10/05, Alex Ferguson <b_linuz at> wrote:
> Hello,
> I bet this has been asked a MILLION times, but I've
> been searching but nothing really helped.I've been
> bouncing from one solution to another, and nothing
> works!
> So, here goes.I have my POWERFULL PC, connected to the
> net through a LAN card, that is connected to the DSL
> Modem, that is connected to the phone line.It's a
> Windows-only PC, mind you.Now, I've got another PC, a
> 500 MHZ Ubuntu Playground.I want to connect the second
> one (500MHZ) with the first one (3GHZ).The 500 one
> will connect using a standard LAN card, to the 3GHZ
> one, using the IC7's intergrated LAN module(Using a
> xover cable, mind you).So far,so what?
> That's where the fun stops.I'm good at computers, but
> when it comes to networking, I fall down and pull my
> (pubic) hair.On the 500MHZ one I have all standard
> network-tools, plus Firestarter.
> So, could somebody point me to a NEWBIE TUTORIAL or
> something? Or tell me what to do, in general (Meaning,
> IP in one has to be this, in the other it has to be
> that, gateway in no.2 has to be IP of no.1 and all
> that).I'd really appreciate all help given.ALL HELP.
> Thanks.Bear with me.Or Whale.
> "Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws." -Plato

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