Direct PC Connection

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Direct PC Connection

So you go to a friend's place and you'd like to share some files. How ?

USB bridge cable

Unknown. they seem to require both ends to use the same software, and generally runs on Windows-only machines. TBD.

Ethernet to Ethernet

Option1: crossover cable

Your friend has a network card. Yay ! Just connect using a crossover cable

<add crossover how-to here>

Option2: crossover cable and usb network card

Your friend does not have a network card, but has usb ports. No problem ! Buy a usb network adapter and connect on his/her PC. An example is the Linksys USB200M 10/100 USB2.0 network adapter, fairly inexpensive.

Option3: same as above but can't find a crossover cable

You can't find a crossover cable? no problem. Use normal cables, but use a Ethernet hub or Ethernet switch or even a router to connect the PC and the Linkstation together.


Likely required: Static IP setup on the Linkstation

as per lb_worm's suggestion, on your Linkstation, change those 2 files:

1) set the /etc/network/interfaces to:


  1. Used by ifup(8) and ifdown(8). See the interfaces(5) manpage or
  2. /usr/share/doc/ifupdown/examples for more information.

auto lo iface lo inet loopback

auto eth0 iface eth0 inet static address 192.168.11.160 netmask 255.255.255.0 geteway 192.168.11.1 network 192.168.11.0

auto eth0:auto iface eth0:auto inet dhcp


2) Edit the dhcp config file /etc/dhcpc/config to:


  1. Config file for dhcpcd.

case ${INTERFACE} in eth0)

  1. Uncomment this to allow dhcpcd to set the DNS servers in /etc/resolv.conf
  2. If you are using resolvconf then you can leave this commented out.

SET_DNS='yes'

  1. Uncomment this to allow dhcpcd to set the NIS domainname of the host to the
  2. domainname option supplied by DHCP server.
  3. SET_DOMAIN='yes'
  1. Uncomment this to allow dhcpcd to set hostname of the host to the
  2. hostname option supplied by DHCP server.
  3. SET_HOSTNAME='yes'
  1. Uncomment this to allow dhcpcd to set the NTP servers in /etc/ntp.conf
  2. SET_NTP='yes'
  1. Uncomment this to allow dhcpcd to set the YP servers in /etc/yp.conf
  2. SET_YP='yes'
  1. Add other options here, see man 8 dhcpcd-bin for details.

OPTIONS='-d -t 30 interface eth0:auto'

  1. Add other interfaces here
  • )

esac


The -d option will generate some debug.

Likely required: Static IP setup on the PC

Windows XP: Start->Control Panel->Network Connections. Right click on your network adapter(likely called "Local Area Connection" ->Properties Lanproperties.JPG

Select "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Tcpipproperties.JPG