Chances are your Linux installation program asked you a few questions in order to configure networking. If not, many distributions include network configuration tools that can help you get the network running, at least minimally. If yours didn't or if you want to optimize the network configuration beyond what the automated tools can do, this chapter will lead the way. It begins with a look at the lowest level—the network card. This information is likely to be important if you need to buy a new network card or if you're having problems with the network card's hardware. Next up is information on the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), which is a popular tool for automatically setting basic network options on most computers on a network. (Chapter 27, "Miscellaneous Servers," covers DHCP server configuration—the other side of the DHCP equation.) If your system doesn't use DHCP, chances are it uses a static IP address, and methods of setting these options are covered next. Unfortunately, networks don't always work as they should, so the next section describes methods of testing your network's performance to help localize problems. Finally, this chapter covers some common optimizations you can employ to help improve network performance.

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