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Linux Mint: Networking Basics

Aug 06, 2006, 08:00 (2 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Linux Mint for these links. ]

How to Setup a Home Network Using Static Addresses

"If you have more than one computer at home, you'll probably want to set up a network so that they can communicate. This way you'll be able to share your Internet connection and to transfer files and services between your different computers. Most home networks have two functions: They connect the computers together on the same network and they connect that network to the Internet. The most popular technology to set up home network is called Ethernet and it uses a communication protocol called IP (which stands for 'Internet Protocol'). All modern computers now have ethernet or wifi cards and it has become very easy to connect them to the network..."

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Securing Your Network by Filtering MAC Addresses

"If you live in the middle of nowhere you probably wonder why you should secure the access to your network. If you're setting up a company network however, this probably seems obvious to you: you don't want unwanted access to the network. Even at home, with wireless networks becoming more and more popular, you could very well be concerned by this problem. For instance, if you have a Wifi router at home which connects you to the Internet, chances are that people around you (your neighbours?) are connecting through it to access the Internet via your Internet account..."

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Using Both Static Addresses and DHCP

"When you set up your home network an important choice has to be made. Are you going to use dynamic or static addressing? In other words, are you going to assign IP addresses to your computers manually, or will you ask your router to assign them for you dynamically through the use of DHCP? Sometimes, the best is to use both. In this article we'll see what advantages DHCP and static addressing can give us compared to each other and we'll learn how to use both in our home network..."

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Network Configuration Files in Linux

"In this article we saw how to use commands like route and ifconfig to set up a computer on the network. However, upon reboot, our configuration was lost. Although route and ifconfig properly configured the computer to connect to the network, they didn't change its permanent network configuration, which was restored at boot time..."

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