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Re: [vox-tech] Mandrake 8.0 and ADSL
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Re: [vox-tech] Mandrake 8.0 and ADSL

Thanks for the reply Foo. Here are some answers:

1. I had the ISP's DNS servers in there and the same symptoms were there
(slow, packet loss etc etc). I don't know what Netgear router you have, but
on the RT-314, you can put in the DNS servers and query from there. It also
acts as your gateway.

2. Nope I didn't do this. And recompiling the kernel would be totally out of
my league. I am a Linux novice, why else do you think I installed Mandrake?

3.  About putting in another NIC, no. See if it works fine with windows
which is my primary OS, I will not like to replace it for Mandrake. By the
way, this is the same Netgear FA 312 that you configured for me at an
Installfest some time ago. Sorry, but no, I'd like to skip this option.

4. I don't have to name the router, I have to put in the router's IP in there to point to the router, which acts as the primary

5. No registering MAC address required. This is Omsoft DSL (static IP). I
think only @home and Roadrunner make you do this.

So that is how it is. I'll be playing with it too in the meantime.


----- Original Message -----
From: Foo Lim <fwlim@ucdavis.edu>
To: <vox-tech@lists.lugod.org>
Sent: Sunday, August 12, 2001 1:08 PM
Subject: Re: [vox-tech] Mandrake 8.0 and ADSL

> (replying to vox-tech)
> Did you try changing the DNS server to the ISP's DNS servers?  That is the
> first culprit, since you mentioned that you point your DNS queries to your
> router.  Change this in /etc/resolv.conf
> Did you read Henry's post?  You might have to recompile the kernel
> (actually you should to optimize performance) in order to take out that
> option in the kernel.
> Try putting another NIC in.  NICs are cheap these days.  One can be had
> for $5-$15.
> In the router configuration, did you name your router correctly?  I know
> that in my cable modem setup, I have to set the router to be a certain
> name in order for the the ISP (AT&T) send packets over.
> Do you have to register the MAC address with your ISP?  When I bought a
> new cable modem, I had to call them to register the new MAC.
> A remote possibility would be your firewall rules.  However, you're
> getting some packets, so I would rule that out for now.
> I'll be testing a Netgear router in my cable modem setup probably today.
> I'll let you know what kinds of trouble I'm running into.  I'm running LRP
> right now.
> Foo
> On Sun, 12 Aug 2001, Ashwini Raina wrote:
> > Hi Foo
> >
> > DNS actually works. The browsers will connect to say, Cnn.com but it is
> > the page transfer that stalls. Also, say I am pinging yahoo.com, if I
> > ifconfig at that time, it shows me hundreds of errors (increases with
> > # of ping packets sent out) with the Rx packets. Pinging east coast
> > I sometimes get 25% packets lost (ok in windows).Line tests done at
> > DSLreports.com show packet re-transmittals and only 75% or so transfer
> > efficiecy. I do 'ftp pc12.cs.ucdavis.edu' and it takes long time (not
> > long but not as quick as in windows) to make the connection.
> >
> > So it is something with the NIC-router interface or maybe the NIC
> > Take the router out, it works fine, put it in, huge packet loss.
> >
> >
> >
> > > On Sun, 12 Aug 2001, Ashwini Raina wrote:
> > >
> > > > Hi
> > > >
> > > > This is my problem:
> > > >
> > > > Just installed Mandrake and everything is working fine except my
> > > > internet connection.
> > > >
> > > > I am behind a Netgear router, have a static IP (no PPPoE, nothing).
> > > > in the Network properties I put my IP as and gateway
> > > > (router), subnet and DNS as
> > > > (pointing to the router).
> > > >
> > > > Iin Netscape, all websites load sloooowly, as if I was on a 1K
> > > > Actually, the page doesn't load at all, it stalls.
> > > > [...]
> > >
> > > Perhaps you shouldn't be pointing your DNS to your router.  You should
> > > point your DNS queries to the ISP's DNS servers, which is what I do.
> > > Unless your router has bind set up, you won't get any DNS query
> > responses.
> > >
> > > FL

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