----- Original Message -----
From: "R. Brian Lindahl" <brian@...>
Sent: Saturday, November 22, 2003 10:24 PM
Subject: [IPCop-user] WinXP can't see green side of IPCop
> I switched from Smoothwall to IPCop about a month ago. The only problem
> had is this: each of the machines on the Green network (all WinXP - 1 pro
> and 2 home) periodically get in a state where they can't see the interent
> the green IP address, but they can still see each other. I have my green
> as 10.69.42.0, and the machines are 10.69.42.3, .4, and .5 (all set via
> IPCop's DHCP server), nm 255.255.255.0.
> When the problem occurs, say on .4, it can still ping .3 and .5, but can't
> ping .0. .3 and .5 can still ping both .0 and each other, as well as .4
> If I go to Network Connections and disable the network connection, then
> re-enable it, the problem goes away. Most of the time, it only happens
> or twice a day - however, on .4, it happens every 2-3 minutes, which is
> frustrating because this is my laptop set up to check the mail every few
> minutes. Every time I want to get my mail, I have to go through the
> disable/enable routine.
> Another weird thing - I tried to set one of the machines to a static IP,
> case there were DHCP problems - but even with apparently the same
> I couldn't get it to connect either to IPCop or the internet.
> There is one more machine on the green net, a Win2K server, running MSSQL
> and playing file server. It's 10.69.42.2, configured statically because it
> wouldn't keep it's DHCP settings for more than 5 minutes. I've checked,
> it's not running any network stuff, like a DHCP server, AFAICT. It doesn't
> appear to have the above problem.
> I did have some virus/trojan/spyware activity on the network about two
> ago - one of the machines is my son's, and he (or one of his friends)
> downloaded something (SpyMaster? SpyTracker? don't remember) that took me
> about 2 hours to eradicate once I found it with Ad-Aware.
> This never happened with Smoothwall... the only difference in settings is
> that it used to be a 192.169.0.x network. I switched to the above net so
> that I'd have a relatively unique subnet so VPN would work better.
> any suggestions? Warning - although I've been a programmer for over 20
> years, I'm a complete newbie when it comes to Linux. I don't know how to
> much more than what the setup program lets me do. I'm willing to try
> anything at this point, though...
> R. Brian Lindahl
I am a little concerned about your IP-Cop IP address, I may have read this
wrong but you have it as 10.69.42.0 ?
It's better not to use zeros in an IP address nore 255 for that matter. I
presume that from IP-Cop itself that you can ping your XP boxes? (Plug in a
screen and keyboard, login as root then type ping). Also from XP you can
type the command arp -a which will give you the MAC addresses.