Many thanks; that solved the problem.


You're probably plugged into a switch ("learning bridge"). Switches
partition your collision domain -- they learn which MAC is available on
which port and only send on that port.

You either need a hub or a really expensive switch (the kind that you
log in to and set up port mirrors).


What is your LAN? My guess is that its a router or a switch. In either case, the router/switch is not forwarding the packets to all the ports. It retains a table of MAC addresses and the ports they are on. It only forwards packets to the desired port. A computer on a different port will not see any of those packets. You have to use a hub or just a non-learning bridge to get the packets forwarded to all ports. Those are really hard to find anymore.

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