Need help (of course) setting up network

Shelagh Manton oneida at
Sun May 9 08:38:42 UTC 2004

Thanks to everyone who replied.

On Sun, 2004-05-09 at 00:13, Scot L. Harris wrote:
> On Sat, 2004-05-08 at 10:05, Jamie Cadorette wrote:
> > >> I'm' not a network expert, and others will probably
> > correct me if I am wrong, but I think it is unusual or
> > even plain wrong to have an IP address (inet addr)
> > ending in .0.  The last number should be between 1 and
> > 254.  Did you set this yourself, or was it allocated
> > by DHCP? <<
> > 
Yes, I did select this number for myself. After reading about IP
addresses and netmasks, I realised that the series of numbers we were
using on windows was incorrect. Eg public IP addresses. So we changed
them but we can change them again. 
> > This is correct. With an IP address, a hostid of all
> > zeroes (ending in .0) and a hostid of all ones (ending
> > in .255) are both reserved. A valid IP should end with
> > a number from 1 through 254. It has been my experience
> > that the number 1 is usually seen on DNS servers and
> > routers.
> > 
> > - Jamie
> It all depends on the subnet mask which defines what portion of the IP
> address represents the network and what portion represents the host
> addresses.  If your network uses a 16 bit subnet mask there can be
> several host address that end in 0 and 255.  
> Very strange looking but perfectly valid. 

However I'd rather be sure. So I'll change it.
> In the case described above they have a 24 bit subnet mask, in that case
> you are correct the address ending in 0 is the network and 255 is the
> broadcast.
> Also, after reinstalling FC1 (yet) again, I did notice some more information and another gui for configuring samba. 

I used Gnome this time and the network configuration guis seem easier to
find. But I think I didn't have this last time at all. (I certainly
searched the KDE desktop desperately for something like this. So maybe I
have been more successful. I will let you know as soon as can. I will do
the commands again though and send them on.

> -- 
> Scot L. Harris <webid at>

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