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Re: [edlug] ubuntu mac mini and netgear router woes

Thanks Philip,

I tried to put it into a switch but same issue. I then tried a linksys
router and this time it didn't even recognise a connection, not even
for a second from the mini.

I had a go with 'mii-tool' but can't get it to hold a connection.

I think the easiest way would be for me to get a usb 2.0 ethernet to
usb adapter compatible with linux, I just need to find one that will


On 10/27/07, Philip Clark <uglist@xxx.xxx.xxx> wrote:
> On Fri, 2007-10-26 at 21:08 +0100, Tahir Hafiz wrote:
> > Hello,
> >
> > I have a mac mini with ubuntu installed fully. I have it connected to
> > a Netgear DG834N modem router via ethernet cable.
> >
> > However, it only works for a few seconds before it loses the
> > connection. The router light for the connected port goes out, and then
> > I can't ping the router.
> >
> > I had this issue on the Mac OSX side too when I was dual booting .
> >
> > I have tried swapping cables, switching off ipv6 on the Ubuntu mac
> > mini, but the same thing - no connection to modem router.
> > All other computers work fine with the Netgear. Googling the issue
> > other people seem to have the same problem with a mac mini and their
> > routers:
> > http://forums.macosxhints.com/archive/index.php/t-52653.html
> > http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=18005
> >
> > I have tried setting it up with a static IP. I then take the cat5
> > cable out and put back again into the Mac, works for a few seconds and
> > then down again "destination host
> > unreachable"... I log out and then log back into ubuntu desktop -
> > whilst its logging back in the other port lights on the router are
> > flashing but not the one connected to the mac mini
> >
> > Anyone know how to solve this one? I think it is probably something to
> > do with the network cards on the mac minis maybe not being compatible
> > with certain routers.
> >
> Yes, it sounds like the "link" is being lost. This is normally much
> more a hardware than a software thing. I've seen similar incompat-
> ibilities with a variety of kit, from "consumer" grade right up to
> professional. It can be due to auto-negotiation getting confused, so
> you might be able to get round it by forcing one side to a specific
> speed and duplex setting. It could also be down to "auto-uplink"
> detection, which can be more difficult to solve. Probably the easiest
> way is to put a small hub between the two. One that has a dedicated
> "uplink" port would be ideal.
> Cheers, Phil.
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