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Re: network question - is this unusual?

Gerhard Magnus wrote:
> I recently had to deal with my ISP about a connectivity problem that
> turned out to be on their end. (The tech referred to linux as lie-nux
> and insisted on doing everything in XP which I fortunately had
> dual-booted.) But in the process of working through this it was
> necessary for me to describe the way I'd set up my LAN here and he
> seemed incredulous. This wouldn't bother me except that I've gotten this
> reaction before from people in the outside world but never an
> explanation. So I'm asking: is there something weird about this
> structure? Is there some "better" or more standard setup?
> The DSL modem Actiontec modem provided by Quest plugs into the phone
> jack. The Actiontec is an older model with only one ethernet plug. Since
> I have four boxes, two of which are dual booting Fedora and XP, I have
> an ethernet cable connecting the modem to the DSL plug of a Linksys
> router. I then have separate cables connecting the four outlets on the
> router to each of the four boxes. (I did all this cabling at a time
> before wireless routing was as available and cheap as it is today.)
> Each of the six operating systems (4 linux and 2 XP) has a static IP
> address and each has a firewall. I have NFS running on the linux
> systems. There's another firewall on the router, which is currently
> port-forwarding only ssh and torrent data from the outside world.
> I thought I'd check this out before going further....
Well, I only have 2 PCs and a printer with wired connections - the
rest are wireless connections. I also have a virtual machine or two
with a bridged connection. They all go through a Netgear wireless
router. I have static addresses for most of the machines, but I did
it using the dhcp server configuration. (If I change NICs, I have to
change the dhcp server configuration.)

About the only strange this is that I have 2 IP addresses set up for
my laptop - one for the wired connection, and one for the wired
connection. (3 if you count when it makes a VPN connection from
somewhere else...)

Progress - without it,
we'd still be bashing each other with antelope thighs.....

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