How do I share broadband with an existing Win XP system.

Asked by Hermann

Hi, I have two desktops and two laptops (all XP) sharing a broadband connection. Have installed ubunto 6.06 on third desktop. How do I connect to the XP desktop which is sharing the connection ? Have spent some time searching for documentation but have not been successful so far.

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Frode M. Døving (frode) said :

If you use the built in internet connection sharing feature of windows.
It should be as simple as selecting to use 'dhcp' for that network connection in linux.
(System -> Administration -> Networking -> Select your connection -> Properties -> Automatic Configuration (DHCP)).

I -think- windows xp acts as a dhcp-server in a setup like that.

- Frode

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Hermann (compumann) said :

Thanks for that. Ubunto is now able to get online to update some files :-) However I cannot get online with firefox ??

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Best ibob63 (james-tuthill) said :

You might not have setup your dns settings configure properly and firefox isn't able to lookup the domain names.

You can use opendns nameservers:

System -> Administration -> networking -> dns

Then add the following dns servers. and


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Hermann (compumann) said :

Thank you HEAPS. Everything working now !!