How to create a WLAN between three computers running Mint?

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How to create a WLAN between three computers running Mint?

Postby fuser » Sat Sep 21, 2013 1:42 pm

So basically, two of my friends and I have an assignment where we have to install a Linux distribution on our laptops, and using a router, create a network between the three of us. So for this assignent, we're using Mint Linux for our PCs while others got Ubuntu or Fedora.

I've tried searching for the relevant information for this, but so far I can't find any relevant information on this matter. We're thinking of creating a normal wireless network, but so far all I can find is how to guides on enabling wireless cards in Mint Linux, not setting up a wireless network.

Can anyone give a step-by-step guide on how to do it?

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Re: How to create a WLAN between three computers running Min

Postby KirbySmith » Sat Sep 21, 2013 4:23 pm

Normally in a wired network, the computers attach to the LAN portion of the router if it has enough LAN ports that either are on, or can be made to be on, the same LAN; otherwise, an intermediate switch is used. The router manual should be inhaled until it is understood, or at least the relevant parts understood. (My ZyXEL USG 50 tech data comprises about a thousand pages.) Each computer gets an IP address from the router, each of which should be a fixed address (most routers can do this) and then you can communicate from computer to computer using their known respective IP address. File sharing is generally easily done in Linux, but the exact menu path will be different for each flavor.

Wireless setups are similar except all the wires are invisible, and one depends on compatibility between computers and the routers wireless interface.

Otherwise, I think the point of the exercise is for you to learn something, so detailed instructions would be counterproductive, as well as extensive.

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