> Eddy wrote:
> > Guys,
> > Are we on to something here? As follows:
> > 1. I deleted the Realtek Ethernet from the "Network Connections"
> > section in "Device Manager", then switched everything off, unplugged my
> > USB dial-up modem, plugged in the router, then switched on the computer,
> > and then ran IPCONFIG, and got the following:
> You could have done a refresh by selecting the computer entry at the top
> (David), right click and scan for changes. I couldn't find the refresh
> button either - I wonder if that was Win98?
> > C:\>ipconfig /all | more
> > Windows IP Configuration
> > Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : DAVID
> > Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
> > Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown
> > IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
> > WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
> > Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection 7:
> > Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
> > Description . . . . . . . . . . . :
> > Realtek RTL8139 Family PCI Fast Ethernet NIC #2
> > Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-0B-6A-B3-C7-9B
> > Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
> > Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
> > Autoconfiguration IP Address. . . : 169.254.237.180
> > Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.0.0
> > Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
> > What do you make of the above, guys?
> That looks better, but though Dhcp is enabled, the computer is not
> getting an address from the router and windows is assigning a "Microsoft
> automatic private" address. You should, probably, have a 192.168.0.x
> address with 255.255.255.0 mask. (You can check this in your laptop).
> If you go to network connections and open the properties for the
> connection, then the properties for the "internet protocol", there
> should be two tabs. The first should have automatic set for dhcp and
> dns. Select the "alternate configuration" tab and you can set a
> fall-back fixed address for the interface.
> The default gateway is the router address, as is the DNS usually (the
> laptop data will give you these - use the wired connection, though). The
> netmask will normally be 255.255.255.0 (unless you have changed it -
> it's in the laptop data) and you can set an IP address with the first
> three numbers the same as the router and the fourth one any value
> (preferably in the middle if the range, say 128) but not: the one used
> by the router, the ones used by the laptop (wireless and wired may be
> different), 0 or 255 (the last two are reserved).
> If the dhcp request fails, the computer will use the specified address
> instead, which is valid for the network. If implemented correctly, dhcp
> will not issue an address if it is already in use (it should check first
> by trying to get a response from the address it is about to issue). This
> can get screwed by Windows firewall blocking responses :-(
> You should then be able to browse the router to get the configuration
> pages, including checking the dhcp services, even if the address does
> not come from dhcp. IPCONFIG will show that by the address the computer
> is using.
> > By the way, once the computer booted up, it replaced the "Local Area
> > Connection 3" in the Network Connections windows/folder with "Local Area
> > Connection 7", stating that this new connection was using the Realtek.
> > Anyway, here are some other things I have noticed that you guys may see
> > something in:
> > 2. In the Network Connections window/folder, I right-clicked "Local
> > Area Connection 7" > Properties > Realtek > Configure > Advanced >
> > Network Address = "Not Present".
> > 3. In the Network Connections window/folder, I right-clicked "Local
> > Area Connection 7" > Repair = the computer tried for 10 secs then says
> > "Following action cannot be completed: Renewing your IP address".
> These are due to the failure of dhcp somewhere. Windows sometimes gets
> confused and makes assumptions about the dhcp server address - it's a
> right PITA to sort out, but it does eventually. A fixed address will get
> over that as a temporary measure.
> > 4. Should VPN (Virtual Private Networks) have a role to play in getting
> > this router to show a GREEN broadband connection and to work?
> No, that's a different ball-game :-)
> > 5. In my Network Connections window/folder, if I display the contents
> > in "Details" mode, there are 4 headings:
> > a. Broadband - where there is nothing
> > Dial-up - where there are two settings for my USB Virgin modem, & my
> > external dial-up modem
> > b. LAN or High-Speed Internet - where there is the "Local Area
> > Connection 7"
> > c. Wisard - where there are the icons for setting up "New Connection"
> > and "Network Setup".
> > The question is: should my router be working with the above situation?
> > Am I right in believing that when using a Router sections (a) & (b) are
> > redundant? Or do I need to have a setting in the Broadband section?
> > 6. In Control Panel > Internet Options > Connections > LAN Settings =
> > should anything be entered specifically?
> You can leave those empty, they are for more complicated connections,
> such a via a LINUX proxy server ;-)
> > I'm hoping you guys are going to see something meaningful somewhere in
> > all the above, especially in No. 1!
> > Eddy.
> > P.S. Gotta take a break from this misery now till tomorrow morning.
> > Will look for your responses then.
Thanks, PeeGee, will read all the above a second time later today, try
to understand it, then carry out everybody's suggestions.