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Making a network

I have a single computer at home which runs with both Linux and Windwos 2000.

I have a dual boot system. I have a choice to select the operating system. Most of the time or rather 99% of the time I use Mandrake Linux.

Now I want to connect 3 more computers and make a small network. My ISP has given a single IP address.

Do I have to buy a cheap switch or a router to accomplish the task?

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You have ICS or a "router".

These are the two common solutions. ICS is noted at but has its downside.


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Please help

I didn't find the answer there. There are a lot of things there.

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What was the question?
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More help

I appreciate all your help, Profitt.

It seems one of the computers are purely for connecting to the Internet. I think you could do this just via switch or router.

This way I don't have to dedicate or rather waste one computer to get the connection. Let us say I want to connect six different computers. I would connect one Macintosh computer, one Sun Sparc to run Solaris. I know some Solaris too. One computer will run only on Windows 98.

I will connect one computer purely for Suse Linux.

The other two computers have double booting . It means Windows 2000 and Linux. Either the Boot Magic or LILO will help me to select the operating system.

How do I that? My ISP gives me only one IP address.
Do I have ot buy a router or switch? What is your recommendation?

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In that case, a router will do nicely.

I was under the impression you didn't want to use a router so I noted ICS. That's not a total waste since it can still be used.

The router doesn't care what OS is on what machines.


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Again help

Thank you Proffitt

Do you mean it should be a router?

You don't think a switch will work, do you?

My ISP gives only one IP address.

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Yes, I mean it must be a router.

It does what they call NAT Routing which is widely documented. Just FYI, I won't duplicate widely written about items.


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Further help

What is FYI?

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