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Hello. I have a Powerbook with an Airport Extreme card communicating with a Linksys 802.11g wireless router. All works fine as far as connectivity goes. However, I notice that in the DHCP Clients table from the router's administratoin web page, the Powerbook's DHCP client id doesn't show up. I've tried stripping out the spaces and apostrophe that must have gone in the default name (from "Ian's Powerbook" to "ians_powerbook"), but that hasn't had any effect. Also, I notice that I'm unable to ping any machine on the network by client name - IP address works fine, but if I try ...

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    Hello.

    I have a Powerbook with an Airport Extreme card communicating with a Linksys
    802.11g wireless router. All works fine as far as connectivity goes.

    However, I notice that in the DHCP Clients table from the router's
    administratoin web page, the Powerbook's DHCP client id doesn't show up.
    I've tried stripping out the spaces and apostrophe that must have gone in
    the default name (from "Ian's Powerbook" to "ians_powerbook"), but that
    hasn't had any effect.

    Also, I notice that I'm unable to ping any machine on the network by client
    name - IP address works fine, but if I try pinging 'shuttle' (a
    Shuttle-based desktop PC) from the Powerbook I don't get a reply. Similarly
    I can't ping the printer by name from either the Powerbook or the desktop
    PC, though by IP is fine. If I try pinging the PC by name from the PC
    itself, I get a response and the correct IP (192.168.1.100, not 127.0.0.1).
    Pinging the Powerbook by name from the Powerbook gives unknown host.

    Any clues? Thanks in advance for any information.


    Cheers,
    Ian


    Ian McCall Guest

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    Ian McCall wrote:
    > However, I notice that in the DHCP Clients table from the router's
    > administratoin web page, the Powerbook's DHCP client id doesn't show
    > up.
    Is the router supposed to log the client id at all? Check in the Linksys
    manuals.
    > Also, I notice that I'm unable to ping any machine on the network by
    > client name - IP address works fine, but if I try pinging 'shuttle' (a
    > Shuttle-based desktop PC) from the Powerbook I don't get a reply.
    Do you have a DNS server set up, or at least a hosts file in each computer,
    which translates from the name to the IP address?

    Best wishes, Christian.

    --
    Christian F Buser, Hohle Gasse 6, CH-5507 Mellingen (Switzerland)
    Hilfe für Strassenkinder in Ghana: <http://www.chance-for-children.org>


    Christian Guest

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    "Christian" <yawmail-fach.de> wrote in message
    news:bm5t2r$j133e$1ID-59166.news.uni-berlin.de...
    > Ian McCall wrote:
    > Is the router supposed to log the client id at all? Check in the Linksys
    > manuals.
    Yes - it logs the client ID of both PCs that connect, and also the printer
    (a Lexmark Optra SC, no special config). Nothing is pingable by name
    however.

    > Do you have a DNS server set up, or at least a hosts file in each
    computer,
    > which translates from the name to the IP address?
    I thought that's what the router's DHCP server did?


    Thanks,
    Ian


    Ian McCall Guest

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    Ian McCall <ianeruvia.org> wrote:
    > > Do you have a DNS server set up, or at least a hosts file in each
    > > computer, which translates from the name to the IP address?
    >
    > I thought that's what the router's DHCP server did?
    No. The DHCP server just distributes numeric IP addresses dynamically to
    the clients asking for one. It is not a DNS server.

    Christian.

    --
    Christian F. Buser, Hohle Gasse 6, CH-5507 Mellingen (Switzerland)
    Hilfe für Strassenkinder in Ghana: <http://www.chance-for-children.org>
    Christian Guest

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    interesting for me,thanks
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