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Old 09-22-09, 07:46 PM   #6
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Default Re: Novice Networker

Originally Posted by Bman212121 View Post
I guess I dropped the ball on this one. Let me respond to your second post. If anyone else reads this please feel free to chime in.

So if I understand you correctly, you would like to have 1 pc wired through the router going to the internet, and one pc wireless only on the lan. You are going to turn off wireless on both the router and the pc when not in use.

There isn't really a whole lot to configure, as it sounds like you already have the first pc setup.

For the 2nd pc all you need to do is manually enter an IP address similar to your first pc. So if you open up a command prompt on your 1st pc and type ipconfig it will tell you what your current settings are.

The default is using a 192.168.1.X network, a /24 subnet ( and as the gateway.

So on the 2nd pc I would add an IP address like and give it a subnet of This means that my computer can see any other device that ends in - If I don't specify a gateway then my computer doesn't know how to leave the network, so it won't try to access the internet. Also, I wouldn't specify a DNS server as I don't need to resolve an domain names.

For the wireless you'll probably want to use WPA2-PSK (Or WPA-PSK) and mac filtering. to get the mac of your linux cards wireless adapter type ifconfig in a terminal window. If you check out our manual for the device Section 7 has plenty of good info about setting up wireless. Starting at 7.5 they have pictures of each screen and details about what the options do.
I haven't yet quite assimilated all that you have said, but my game plan is still evolving. I already have both PCs accessing the internet, but they don't seem to see each other. I know that Windows is not able to read Linux files, but to the degree possible, I want to be able to access Windows files on SuSe. I know how to do this when both HDs are in the same rig, but that doesn't seem to apply here.
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