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Master Geek

Topic # 115658 2-Apr-2013 21:36
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Does my freeNAS box have to be hooked up to my router? or can it just be locally attached to my PC? I'm having a hard time configuring it, and i'm following a guide. I really don't want to run a cat-5 cable from my room to the lounge at my flat.
Suggestions are very welcome, thank you.


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Ultimate Geek
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  Reply # 791960 2-Apr-2013 21:40
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I see no reason why you couldn't run a cross over cable from your PC to the NAS box. You'll have to configure each with a static IP for the NICs you plug the cable into, but other than that you should be fine. You'll probably want a hosts entry on your PC to make things easier to use.

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  Reply # 791999 2-Apr-2013 22:34
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Well, unless your PC has two network cards/ports, if you connect your freenas box to your PC, how're you going to be connected to your router? ;)

(I suppose there's wifi :P)


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Master Geek

  Reply # 792001 2-Apr-2013 22:35
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Answered your own question my friend, I've got a wireless dongle in my PC :)

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Master Geek

  Reply # 792008 2-Apr-2013 22:41
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I'm having no luck setting this up at all, I tried wireless dongle on the NAS box to see if it would pick it up on my network, nope. Cross over cable is not working ..
Such an effort to get a learning environment up and running without using my home network :(

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Master Geek

  Reply # 792031 3-Apr-2013 01:03
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What have you entered for the default gateway on FreeNAS? It will need this configured to bind the services to. Normally it will pick this up automatically when using DHCP.

One option might be to run ipcop as a VM on your PC, and use this to provide network via crossover cable. I haven't tried it myself though and it might just be easier to connect to the router.

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Ultimate Geek
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  Reply # 794055 5-Apr-2013 20:12
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FreeNAS should pick up an IP address using DHCP by default, probably using a network card that isn't supported by FreeBSD.
Wouldn't rate your chances at getting a WIFI dongle working with FreeNAS.

What model motherboard and/or NIC are you using?

If its something unsupported a cheap Realtek NIC from PBTech would likely work.

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Master Geek

  Reply # 794058 5-Apr-2013 20:15
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I got it going in the end,
Guess what happened?
My main PC didn't have the drivers installed for the NIC so I was faffing around late at night, and didn't even check that off my list for a good hour,
Downloaded the drivers, assigned static IPs and made sure they were on the same subnet, and bam, it runs, as easy as pie.


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