Okay, I have a really weird problem.

Running FreeBSD 4.8-RELEASE (just installed it from CD).

It's a basic gateway setup with 2 NIC cards.
I've done this set up a hundred times and have never seen this before.

DSL modem (with static IP address) goes into one NIC card (dc0).
Status is active, and from the gateway box, I can ping out to the world.

Second NIC (dc1) is connected to a hub, with internal IP

DHCP is running and assigning IP addresses to workstations.

Workstation is WinXP Professional, and it is set to obtain IP and DNS automatically.
This works, I do get an IP address of (the dhcp range is 50 to 240).
I have DNS, if I look at network settings, the DNS IP addresses contained in the /etc/resolv.conf
and the dhcpd.conf file from the server are there.

From the workstation (a dos prompt), I can connect to the server at and I can ping the server.
Which means I have a connection.

But I can't ping the outside world or connect anywhere else to the outside from the workstation.
I have tried both by host name and IP addresses, so DNS issues can be ruled out.

Also, from the server, I can ping the workstation, ( and it responds...

tracert yahoo.com (from dos prompt), goes to the server and then says it
can not go any further. Almost like the DSL modem is preventing from anything going out,
unless it comes directly from the server.

Right now, I can only connect up to 4 workstations to a Netopia 4 port DSL router.

But I have 2 other workstations to connect, and can't do that until I can get this issue

Has anyone ever seen this problem before?


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