Quote:>I want to set up a simple 2-3 machine home network. I have 2 Windoze 95
>machines and a single Linux box coupled with three 3COM 3c509 10 Mb BNC
Should be nor problem at all.
Quote:> HELP!! I need a simple, straightforward explanation of how
>to do this. If possible, I would also like to have the Linux box access a
>dial-up account through one of the Windoze machines. If you can give
>answers, sources for answers, HOWTOs, or m*support, please respond
>A.S.A.P :) Thanks for your time.
I'm going to assume that:
1. You only have one IP address assigned to you (dial-up ISP account).
2. The IP address you get is dynamic (changes on each dial-in).
3. You want all your machines to be able to access the internet when
4. You want the dial-up to occur automatically.
If this is close, take a look at the following:
The PPP HowTo for specifics on getting the LINUX box to connect to
The diald program to automatically dial-up your ISP whenever one of
your computers needs access to the Internet. Diald will also
disconnect on configurable timeouts.
IP Masquerade features of Linux for info on sharing a single IP
I used this exact configuration to share my ISP dial-up with a Linux
box and three Win95 machines. It worked very well. Because the Linux
box did everything automatically for me, I didn't have to worry about
showing my family all the intricacies of dialing in etc. It just
dialed whenever they launched a browser.
One trick that really helped was reading up on masquerade
initialization scripts, then adapting those as the "ip-up" script used
by diald. This script gets called with the IP address, mask etc.
assigned by your ISP on connection. I was able to write a script that
took these and configured masquerade accordingly.
It's all a bit cryptic at first, but keep with it. I'm sure you'll
find Linux can do more for much less than any alternatives! It'll also
do it with less hardware, so you can keep the powerful hardware for
important things like games and running bloated Windows apps. :)