and I went
to help John, the paper millionaire of a dotcom, set up his home network.
He has a cable modem and no static IP addresses so it's a matter of
configuring a Linux box to act as a firewall and IP masquerading.
John, being a paper millionaire of a dotcom, can afford to buy insanely high
end PC equipment and his primary box, dookey is an insanely high
end PC. I don't remember the details off the top of my head, but it's this
large box the size of a small refriderator you'd find in a college dorm
room. And it's running Linux.
The installation went fine. The only problem we encountered was a problem
in getting an IP address via DHCP from his cable provider. The problem
ended up being his currently assigned IP address was bound to a MAC address
from his Windows system, so we swapped the ethercards (not wanting to wait
for the timeout period) and instantly we had a good connection.
Three commands later and we had IP masquerading working on Linux.
helped John the paper millionaire of a dotcom get connected, I downloaded a
network monitor I wrote and installed it on his system (some problems due to
some changes in the way dlopen() works internally that I was relying on).
It was interesting to see some of the network activity he gets at his end of
the connection. It seems his cable provider uses private IP addresses for
something. I'm not sure all of what was flowing through since the monitor
only shows packet headers and not the data, but it would be interesting to
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