[Linux4christians] Re: Networking made simple?
hpp3 at bluebottle.com
Wed Aug 2 16:24:34 EDT 2006
Aha... It's all much clearer to me now. These are then *physical* limitations not easily circumvented. Even though I know my way around a soldering iron pretty well, I see now why hubs were invented...
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Subject: [Linux4christians] Re: Networking made simple?
From: Karl Kleinpaste <karl at charcoal.com>
Date: Wed, 02 Aug 2006 15:39:59 -0400
To: linux4christians at thelinuxlink.net
>Eddy <hpp3 at bluebottle.com> writes:
>> I'm wondering (just for my own info) if it is possible to simply
>> connect 2 boxes (Slackware 10.2 BTW) with a cat-5 and be done? Can
>> we set up a 3rd computer as a LAN server? Or is a network hub
>> simply the way to go and stop asking silly questions?
>[a] Get the hub and be done with it.
>But [b] you *can* (but shouldn't, if you value your sanity) directly
>connect one computer to another with a crossover cable, i.e., one
>end's Tx/Rx leads are swapped to connect to the other end's Rx/Tx
>leads. Typical straight-through cables, if used to connect two
>computers directly, would have each one trying to transmit into the
>other's Tx line and receive from the other's Rx line.
>And in any event, if you get to a 3rd machine, you need either a hub,
>to be general, or you'd need a 2nd interface in one of them to connect
>directly to the 3rd, and then manage the IP forwarding through that
>2nd "center" machine. That's a whole new world o' pain you don't want.
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