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: Standard Ethernet cable

Your friend has a network card. Yay ! Just connect using a standard or crossover Ethernet cable. The cable supplied with the Linkstation is a standard Ethernet cable.

The reason you don't need a crossover cable is that on the LS1 you can change a crossover switch to mimic the crossover cable, and on other Linkstation models, they are "auto-sensing" so will automatically create the crossover if needed.

In case you'd want to create a crossover cable anyway, for fun, here's howto: The image below shows the pin-layouts for the standard network crossover cables. The differences are just the colourt of the cables.

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If you have...

568A on both ends, then it's a Standard Ethernet straight through cable.
586B on both ends, then it's a Standard Ethernet straight through cable.
586A on one end and 586B at the other, then it's a Ethernet crossover cable.


Option2: Standard Ethernet 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.

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:


# Used by ifup(8) and ifdown(8). See the interfaces(5) manpage or 
# /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:


# Config file for dhcpcd. 

case ${INTERFACE} in 
eth0) 

# Uncomment this to allow dhcpcd to set the DNS servers in /etc/resolv.conf 
# If you are using resolvconf then you can leave this commented out. 
SET_DNS='yes' 

# Uncomment this to allow dhcpcd to set the NIS domainname of the host to the 
# domainname option supplied by DHCP server. 
#SET_DOMAIN='yes' 

# Uncomment this to allow dhcpcd to set hostname of the host to the 
# hostname option supplied by DHCP server. 
#SET_HOSTNAME='yes' 

# Uncomment this to allow dhcpcd to set the NTP servers in /etc/ntp.conf 
#SET_NTP='yes' 

# Uncomment this to allow dhcpcd to set the YP servers in /etc/yp.conf 
#SET_YP='yes' 

# Add other options here, see man 8 dhcpcd-bin for details. 
OPTIONS='-d -t 30 interface eth0:auto' 
;; 

# 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
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Select "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)
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