Completely bemused about networking
My knowledge of network settings is all but non existant. I bought a "network starter kit" a few years ago. This consisted of a Netgear 4 port hub, cabling and NIC's. I wired this up with two NT4 boxes, and it worked in that I could see each machine from the other, and share files.
The setup now is one Win-XP box, one Linux box and an ethernet modem connected to the Hub. Both boxes can access the Internet.
I've now been told on another forum that I can't share files on this system because I have a hub rather than a router. I've also been told that I can't set IP addresses.
The IP addresses that the machines seem to have are 10.0.0.10 and 10.0.0.7. (I can ping each machine from the other).
I've no idea where these are magiced up from, or if they are consitant over shutdown/boot cycles.
I need to be able to get a stable IP address on each machine so that the sockets based program I'm porting to the Linux box can communicate with the instance running on the windows box.
I would also like to use Samba to set up a share so that I can xfer files from box to box, but at the moment windows can't 'see' the Linux box. Is it really true that I can't do that with a hub? If so, how come I could do it with the two NT boxes?
Thanks for any help.