[ubuntu-za] Sharing network connections in Ubuntu

Frank Kusel frankk at ansys.co.za
Fri May 7 10:00:16 BST 2010

On 2010/05/07 10:03 AM, Josh Brodrick wrote:
> Hi Everyone
> I have a question rather than a pressing problem. I have an ADSL 
> router which is connected to the internet, and acts as the dhcp server 
> to 4 wired computers and a couple wireless ones. I want to add another 
> old laptop to the network (it does not have wireless) but have no more 
> wired ports available on the router. From what I understand I can 
> connect it via a crossover cable to the second network card on one of 
> my desktops, and use firestarter to configure it (All the computers 
> have firestarter installed and configured). However, I dont need this 
> additional laptop to have internet access, as it only serves as a 
> frontend to mythtv. It therefore only needs to be able to communicate 
> on the local network. Any advice on how to configure this using 
> firestarter?
> Thanks so much.
> Cheers,
> Josh

One possible disadvantage of doing it this way, is that the "routing" PC 
will have to stay on all the time. Have you considered buying another 
switch and just plugging that into your modem? They're not that expensive...



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