On Tue, Jan 09, 2007 at 05:23:07PM +0100, Oliver Fromme wrote: > David Kelly wrote: > > But for the Windows machines to "get the nameservers automatically" one > > has to set up DHCP somewhere. On the FreeBSD machine. Or on a SOHO > > router. Somewhere. > > No, the FreeBSD machine (which acts as a PPPoE client) > already receives the addresses of the name servers via > the PPP protocol. There's really no need for DHCP. > > I have exactly that setup at home, and I definitely do > not use DHCP.
Yes, the FreeBSD machine can get *its* nameserver addresses from the upstream connection via PPPoE. But the original poster asked how could his Windows machines connected thru the FreeBSD machine *automatically* get nameservice. Some have suggested configuring the FreeBSD machine as a caching nameserver. That is an option, but the Windows machines still do not *automatically* know who to use for nameservice. Also its a bit harder for the caching nameserver to be updated when/if PPPoE changes the nameservice addresses. This is something SOHO routers do fairly easily, altho most simply pass the same addresses they are given. Some will act as a nameserver, possibly caching. Once again I repeat, for the Windows machines to automatically get nameserver addresses someone has to be running a DHCP server. Otherwise someone has to type the addresses into a dialog box on each Windows machine. -- David Kelly N4HHE, [EMAIL PROTECTED] ======================================================================== Whom computers would destroy, they must first drive mad. _______________________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"