bridging without xp's tool

August 18, 2010 at 19:50:28
Specs: xo32
I'm looking for a way to bridge to nics together, but I need them to maintain there IPs. Not be shown as a bridge. I'm looking for a method like VMware where I just link two nic's together. Also like linux can do..

I have a DHCP nic, and a 192,168.0/24 network. With VMware I just set up the virtual card and link it to my DHCP card and I'm done. But VMware does not work with my nvidia chip set :( so I need another solution.

Any ideas?

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August 19, 2010 at 05:06:07
Directly connecting two NIC's requires a crossover cable............not a "bridge". I suspect from your usage you don't have a clue what "bridge" means in this case.

Try connecting the two NIC's with a crossover cable and assigning them IP's in the same Subnet. They will then be able to communicate with each other.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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August 19, 2010 at 05:28:06
Wow I must have messed that paragraph up. I dont have two nics I have one nic, and one virtual nic. Sorry for the confusion.

NIC1 [ DHCP 24.x.x.x ]
NIC2 [ virtual ]

Now If I try to ping from another system, I can not. The reason I can not is that the virtual nic is not attached to any real hardware.So we bridge them...

One way to do this is with VMware, under NIC1 you install their bridge protocol and link NIC2 to NIC1. Now you can ping from any system on the network.

Another way to do this is to hack the IP in the registry, find the DHCP IP address and add your IP. <--- add here.
This method is rather clumsy and you need to re do it every time you get a new IP. There are a lot more problems with this method.

A third is to bridge them in xp.

[Bridged IP ] 24.x.x.1
--NIC1 [ DHCP 24.x.x.2 ]
--NIC2 [ virtual ]
Notice how the bridge has its own IP, and you can not ping 24.x.x.2 or 192.1689.0.25. This is not good.

I hope this helps explain what I'm trying to do better. So again, i want bringing software unlike XP's methode and more like VMWares.

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August 19, 2010 at 07:12:24
Ok, that makes a lot more sense now.......LOL!

Yes, I suspect you would have to find a way to bridge the virtual to the real NIC. I haven't played with vmware myself at all but we do use it here. What we've done is use a virtual switch inside vmware. If vmware doesn't have a setting to bridge the two NIC's you may have to use the vmware virtual switch to accomplish your task.

At least with the virtual swtich you could use VLAN's to carry the traffic for both separate subnets and the virtual switch could break the traffic out and send it to the correct interface.

To be honest, I don't know that being able to create a bridge would do the trick since they're completely separate subnets. For that, check your vmware documentation and settings.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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August 19, 2010 at 08:25:32
Well the sub nets are and, and for some reason it does work. I have it running on 7 computers. but my 8th has a nvidia chips set and it locks the system when I surf the net ( 60% off the time ). If I unlink the cards I can surf just fine. Seems to only be traffic out side my network that locks my system, up.

But I'm not looking to make it work with VMware, I'm hoping to find an alternative ;)

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August 19, 2010 at 20:28:52
Ok here is the solution to the question.

Get this
and this

Funny though, I guess its not VMware as this seems to also lock up my system. Not sure what it is about this chipset/nic driver but it can not handle a bridged set up like this. I going to try another nic.

::updated, so I found a new lan driver for nforce ware and it fixed the lock ups. version 15.51

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