The problem summary is as follows: I'm setting up a very simple LAN at home using only two machines with fixed private ip addresses either. The FreeBSD gateway is connected to the internet through my cablemodem ISP's modem.
The problem is that the Windows XP client CANNOT access the Internet with alphabetic names (should be called a DNS problem?) but it YES CAN do it with ip addresses (numbers). AFAIK (being a newbie in networking issues) it seems that no problems arise from the gateway side after "setting" up natd/ipfw. >From the client, I can ping to numeric addresses locally and outside. And (again using ip-numbers) I can telnet to my pop server's 110 port. But not with "names". The (gateway) server has NO problems with alphabetic addresses. Neither pinging the local network nor with the internet. Maybe I forgot some "flag" for natd in my /etc/rc.conf? Is/are there other option/s in my kernel-configuration file needeed? Any hint will be appreciated. Please feel free to ask for any necessary info. These are the "details". It's my first job with networks, and the scenario is as follows: The server: · Pentium 233 MMX. · OS: FreeBSD 4.8-RELEASE. Alternating with Win 98 for testing. · dc0: interfase to my cablemodem ISP. · vr0: interfase to my local network connected to a hub. The client: · AMD athlon xp 2.0 Ghz. · OS: Windows XP. Adding DNS servers to the network config in the client didn't solve the problem. BTW it's not necessary to add DNS entries when the server boots with Win 98 + Microsoft's ICS. On the server side, I built a new kernel with (all?) the necessary options: · The GENERIC kernel, adding: options IPDIVERT options IPFIREWALL options IPFIREWALL_VERBOSE options IPFIREWALL_VERBOSE_LIMIT=200 options IPFIREWALL_DEFAULT_TO_ACCEPT The /etc/hosts file has three entries: 127.0.0.1 localhost localhost.homenet.org 192.168.0.1 david david.homenet.org 188.8.131.52 goliath goliath.homenet.org My /etc/resolv.conf has been automagically generated when first configured the interfases. Maybe? it updates on every boot. And my networking-related lines in /etc/resolv.conf are as follows: --- Begin of /etc/rc.conf --- hostname="david.homenet.org" # [...] chunking a few not-networking lines... ifconfig_dc0="DHCP" ifconfig_vr0="inet 192.168.0.1 netmask 255.255.255.0" gateway_enable="YES" firewall_enable="YES" firewall_type="OPEN" firewall_script="/etc/my.rc.firewall" #firewall_script="/etc/rc.firewall" ### did not work either!!! natd_enable="YES" natd_interface="dc0" natd_flags="" --- End of /etc/rc.conf --- The COMPLETE /etc/my.rc.firewall is extremely simple: --- Begin --- #!/bin/sh /sbin/ipfw -f flush /sbin/ipfw add divert natd all from any to any via dc0 /sbin/ipfw add pass all from any to any --- End --- Testing "blindly" the /etc/rc.firewall also did not work. Learning ipfw secrets will be left for the immediate future ;o))). TIA. -- José Albores - <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> ------------ Internet GRATIS es Yahoo! Conexión 4004-1010 desde Buenos Aires. Usuario: yahoo; contraseña: yahoo Más ciudades: http://conexion.yahoo.com.ar _______________________________________________ [EMAIL PROTECTED] mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"