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PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 11:51 pm    Post subject: Linux -> Windows help Reply with quote

Wondering if anyone has any ideas for my situation.. Currently I have a gentoo box and a windows laptop. They both connect to a wireless router wirelessly. However, since this is quite slow for data movement, I would like to take advantage of the gigabyte ethernet on both machines. I already have samba setup already and they see each other, how can I use a single cat5 cable to connect these 2 computers together for data transfer while maintaining the wireless network for internet connectivity and to my other computers / printers?
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 12:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One thing that should work is communicating via IPv6 link-local addresses. If IPv6 is enabled in your kernel, you should get them automagically.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 12:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do have IPv6 in my kernel, not sure if windows 7 supports it. Do I have to configure my linux box to act like a dhcp server? or will statis ips on the same subnet suffice? and how do I make that the preference versus the wireless network it is already sharing across.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 1:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You simply connect via the other host's IPv6 address. Both Linux and Windows 7 have it enabled by default. For link-local you have to specify the interface too.
Code:
ping6 -I eth0 fe80::aaaa:bbbb:cccc:dddd/64
(replace with actual address as shown by ifconfig/Network and Sharing center)
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 1:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

my windows 7 box is not showing an address automatically and I have dhcpv6s enabled on my gentoo box..
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 1:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

At least
Code:
ipconfig
should show a link-local address on Windows.

Alternatively, set static IPv4 addresses for both Linux and Windows and communicate via them.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 1:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can ping both sides now, but cannot access any shares..
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 4:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would just set static IP addresses. Then just access the shares by IP to force use of the cross-over cable.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2010 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

is the cross over cable a must? that could be why its not working for me.. I thought all pcs nowadays were auto switching...
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2010 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They might be; it has been a long while since I have attempted something like this.

If you can ping across the cable, it is pretty safe to assume it is working.
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