I hope you can help me creating my home network. So far this is what I have:
Internet -------------- Ethernet --------------- Windows XP
Ethernet --------------- Hub
--------------- Windows XP
Explanation: The "Internet" an other LAN, but I do not concider that to be a probem. This "Internet" assigns me a dynamic IP address, though usually it is always the same.
This "Internet" goes to my REDHAT 9 LINUX machine. This machine has 2 network cards. The first one is used to connect this computer to the "Internet/LAN", and the second one is used to connect my LINUX machine to a 16 port - HUB.
From the HUB I have some windows xp computers.
What do I want from this system ?
I would like to start from "0".
1. I would like to know how I could see if my two network cards are recognized by the operating system.
2. I would like to have my windows machines connected to the linux machine. These windows machines should get a dynamic IP from the LINUX machine.
3. My Linux machine should be my mail server, so all my emails will be saved into the Linux machine. when I check my e-mail in my windows machines, then I will of course go to the LINUX box and get it from there.
4. Other services will be configure in my network, but so far, I would like to start with thse basic ones.
I hope you can help me with some detailed code, so I will understand what I am doing, how I am configuing my gateway, hostname, etc... I am planning to program the whole thing from the shell-bash-sh or how ever you want to call it.
Please if you have the time, then help me at least with one of the points I mentioned before and try to explain to me how to do it.
Thank you for your help.