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I have a Lenovo T60 with Ubuntu 10.04 connected with a cross-over cable to a Dell Vostro 1400, also running Ubuntu 10.04. My internet is coming into the Lenovo through an external wireless antennae, and I want to share the internet with the Dell.

On the Lenovo: eth0 connection has IPv4 Settings 'Shared to other computers' I can ping the Dell ( successfully I can use mtr to trace to successfully

On the Dell: eth0 connection has IPv4 Settings 'Automatic DHCP' I can ping the Lenovo ( successfully when I use mtr to trace to, I can only reach

I must be missing some setting, but cannot see what it is; can anyone help me?

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just to note, most modern systems, should probably autonegotiate networking, so so using a crossover cable isn't necessary. – Journeyman Geek Aug 26 '11 at 0:49

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Well another very simple setting could be using a static IP address scheme on both machines, so for instance


with the same subnet mask lets say or /24.

Once this is done you can easily through the network manager share the Wifi connection through the cable.

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There is an extensive description how to do this in the Ubuntu help:

In particular, the package dnsmasq-base must be installed.

Try installing the package, then reboot, and do the setup again, then try again with a client computer.

If it still fails, have a look at the system logs (/var/log/syslog), there might be a helpful message there.

To troubleshoot, get a root shell on the client computer (sudo su), then type:

dhclient -d

This will try to obtain network parameters automatically (via DHCP). If it fails, something is wrong on the ICS server. If it works, you're good.

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