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Northern Journey.com: Home Networking, Part 3: IP Masquerading

Sep 03, 2000, 12:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"In the previous installments of this home networking mini-series we connected our Linux and Windows PCs into a local area network (LAN) with NICs, cables and a hub, and implemented a "private" TCP/IP network based on the IP range of We then added name support in hosts files. In last month's installment we added Samba support to provide MS-compatible file and print services for all the PCs on the network."

"In this final home networking installment we'll look at another option for our network: providing concurrent access to the Internet to any workstation on our LAN. In order to do this, our main Linux server must already be capable of linking to the Internet, as we covered in Part 8: "Connecting to the Internet."

"The main reason for connecting a home network to the Internet is convenience. Being able to share the same connect to the Internet is useful when you have two or more family members who want to visit web pages or check email at the same time. It's easier to maintain a single modem than multiple modems, and a single Internet setup, rather than several."

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