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Byte.com: Prepping A SOHO IP Network To Connect To The Net

Jan 17, 2000, 20:38 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Trevor Marshall)

"Over the past six months, I have described how to build your own Linux gateway so you can link your home or office network to the Internet. This month, I have prepared another distribution diskette (that you can download from my Web server). I have added a Client DHCP daemon for cable and DSL modems, a Web Server (thttpd), and a professional FTP server (proftpd). One of the most consistent problems reported to me by readers is, in order for the gateway to be of some use, there needs to be a local network to connect it to. So first, let us look at just how you configure a simple SOHO network so it can be coupled to the Internet with the Linux gateway."

"What Is A SOHO Network?SOHO has become commonly used as the acronym for Small Office Home Office, the catch-all term used by salesmen to discriminate SOHO products from those intended for the "Fortune 500" or "Fortune 100" corporate marketplaces. It is not a term I particularly like, but we are stuck with it."

"Configuring a TCP/IP SOHO network initially seems quite confusing. You will have to decide on an IP address to use for each computer, a Netmask, DNS servers, and a lot of other Internet nomenclature. But it is really not too difficult. The Internet infrastructure is logical and well documented. Once the concepts start falling into place, the pace at which you learn will accelerate exponentially."

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