Author Topic: Where is some info on how to connect a windows computer to the network?  (Read 2660 times)

williammanda

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I need to connect a windows xp computer to the linuxmce network for internet access. I have been looking at the wiki and the forums but can't find anything. Any help would be apprecaited.
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Re: Where is some info on how to connect a windows computer to the network?
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2008, 12:05:37 am »
William

I assume you have a standard set up - ie 2 NICs, an internal and external network?

In which case, you just plug the XP machine into the internal network, it will get an IP and then you have full access to the Internet through the core machine. What is not working with this?

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Re: Where is some info on how to connect a windows computer to the network?
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2008, 12:13:27 am »
William

I assume you have a standard set up - ie 2 NICs, an internal and external network?

In which case, you just plug the XP machine into the internal network, it will get an IP and then you have full access to the Internet through the core machine. What is not working with this?

Yes I have the 2 nic setup but I haven't seen the hybrid recognize it yet even after reloading the router.

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Re: Where is some info on how to connect a windows computer to the network?
« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2008, 12:15:52 am »
Sorry, recognise what? The 2 NICs or the XP machine?

All the XP machine needs is to be set to get an IP address/DNS via DHCP. Even if the hybrid doesn't pnp it, it will allow you access to the Internet through the hybrid just fine. Have you set DHCP? What IP address did it get?

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Re: Where is some info on how to connect a windows computer to the network?
« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2008, 12:25:54 am »
Sorry, recognise what? The 2 NICs or the XP machine?

All the XP machine needs is to be set to get an IP address/DNS via DHCP. Even if the hybrid doesn't pnp it, it will allow you access to the Internet through the hybrid just fine. Have you set DHCP? What IP address did it get?

The hybrid didn't announce the windows machine.

The default setting for the windows computer is set for obtain ip & dns. DHCP is default also.

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Re: Where is some info on how to connect a windows computer to the network?
« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2008, 12:51:08 am »
So.... what IP address and DNS address did it get? Can you ping 192.168.80.1? What about the external interface address and the internal interface address of your broadband router?

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Re: Where is some info on how to connect a windows computer to the network?
« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2008, 01:44:17 am »
So.... what IP address and DNS address did it get? Can you ping 192.168.80.1? What about the external interface address and the internal interface address of your broadband router?

Please tell me how and I will relay that info to you.
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Re: Where is some info on how to connect a windows computer to the network?
« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2008, 01:47:25 am »
Pinging 192.168.80.1 from the windows machine:
Destination is unreachable

This machine was a linuxmce computer. It had no problem getting a ip address from the core and working properly.
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Re: Where is some info on how to connect a windows computer to the network?
« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2008, 01:48:00 am »
Go to a command line (Start->Run then type cmd and hit enter)

Type:

ipconfig /all

ping 192.168.80.1

ping google.com

Then paste the resulting outputs back here...

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Re: Where is some info on how to connect a windows computer to the network?
« Reply #9 on: October 30, 2008, 01:51:28 am »
Pinging 192.168.80.1 from the windows machine:
Destination is unreachable

This machine was a linuxmce computer. It had no problem getting a ip address from the core and working properly.
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This means it has no routeability to the core's internal IP address, which given that the core is on the same subnet probably means that the XP machine doesn't have an IP address at all, hence no ability to route and so it drops the packets because the destination is unreachable.

This would happen because either:

1) It isn't set to DHCP and still has a static IP that isn't valid for that subnet (ie isn't 192.169.80.x)
2) It isn't successfully receiving a DHCP lease
3) The NIC port is disabled

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Re: Where is some info on how to connect a windows computer to the network?
« Reply #10 on: October 30, 2008, 01:53:06 am »
Go to a command line (Start->Run then type cmd and hit enter)

Type:

ipconfig /all

ping 192.168.80.1

ping google.com

Then paste the resulting outputs back here...

I can't paste any data since the windows computer isn't connected to the network.

ipconfing does basically nothing

pinging 192.168.80.1 & google.com...nothing

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Re: Where is some info on how to connect a windows computer to the network?
« Reply #11 on: October 30, 2008, 01:55:16 am »
Pinging 192.168.80.1 from the windows machine:
Destination is unreachable

This machine was a linuxmce computer. It had no problem getting a ip address from the core and working properly.
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This means it has no routeability to the core's internal IP address, which given that the core is on the same subnet probably means that the XP machine doesn't have an IP address at all, hence no ability to route and so it drops the packets because the destination is unreachable.

This would happen because either:

1) It isn't set to DHCP and still has a static IP that isn't valid for that subnet (ie isn't 192.169.80.x)
2) It isn't successfully receiving a DHCP lease
3) The NIC port is disabled

1. Not sure
2. Not sure
3. As I state before, this was a working linuxmce MD that worked.
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Re: Where is some info on how to connect a windows computer to the network?
« Reply #12 on: October 31, 2008, 03:04:21 am »
I found out the network card driver wasn't setup. Problem solved.
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Re: Where is some info on how to connect a windows computer to the network?
« Reply #13 on: October 31, 2008, 03:59:12 am »
Go to a command line (Start->Run then type cmd and hit enter)

Type:

ipconfig /all

ping 192.168.80.1

ping google.com

Then paste the resulting outputs back here...

I can't paste any data since the windows computer isn't connected to the network.

ipconfing does basically nothing

pinging 192.168.80.1 & google.com...nothing

I'm glad you fixed it, however...

none of these commands would have done "nothing"! you spelt ipconfig incorrectly, and the pings would have come back with messages or errors, either of which would have allowed us to find the issue very quickly. And on point three, it doesn't matter that it was working as an MD before, it is now running XP which could easily have disabled the port (in fact that is exactly what it would have done if you didn't have the drivers installed!)

Have fun with your new XP machine and be aware that it is now behind a firewall so you will have to configure that if you want anything outside the hybrid machine to be able to connect to your XP machine (web admin)