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Cisco Connection Probs on Peer-to-peer

Basically, I have a 2 machine peer-to-peer network, all on win95.  I just put in a Cisco760 router, and set the PC's to have the router as the default gateway.  I have also set DNS settings (to the dns servers of my ISP).  The connection works fine, but the problem is, when any of the machines try to browse the network (NOT the internet), the cisco opens up a connection.  Also, the cisco is trying to connect, on average, every 15 mins, even when the PC's are not doing anything (there is nothing in the SYS tray trying to go out).  Because of this I cant leave it plugged in, otherwise, HELLO phonebill!

Now, the pc's are on 10.0.0.10 + 11 Subnet 255.255.255.0
the cisco is on 10.0.0.1
All I have on the workstations is:

Client for microsoft networks,
Dialup-adapter,
Network card (Ge2500II)
Tcp-ip Dialup-adapter
tcp-ip Ge2500II
File + printer sharing

Why is it bringing up the line? I have tried putting entries in the Hosts file, with no luck.  If I remove the DNS settings it does not bring up the line when browsing the network, so it is trying to resolve the computer names thru the DNS, but why?  I dont want it to, can I stop it?

Hope you can help.  
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apaduaCommented:
Did you setup your ISP's DNS when you configured your router? If you did, you should configure your PC, in the DNS field, to use the Router as the DNS, and not the ISP's address.

Good luck,

Andre
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apaduaCommented:
Now that I think of it, the 700 series acts as the DHCP for your network. Have you experimented with not using any configs under your IP stack? Just leave it blank, with the IP assigned by DHCP field checked. Clear your DNS entries also (and your Default Gateway).

Cheers,

Andre
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moneymadnessAuthor Commented:
I dont see how DHCP would fix this, but I will try pointing the clients to the router for DNS. Ill try it this afternoon.
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apaduaCommented:
DHCP would fix this because your router may set things other than just the IP and netmask. (It may set your DNS servers, your Default Gateway, and other minor things).

Just give it a shot if all else fails.

Andre
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moneymadnessAuthor Commented:
Yup, it works.  Thanks for your help.  I do-not know why having the settings in the DHCP and not the client would help... any idea?
thanks anyway.
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apaduaCommented:
The cisco 700 series router was designed for very small environments (up to 30 users, I beleive). Therefore, they considered that you wouldn't have an IT staff, and so it does a whole lot of things itself. One of the things would be to configure it's clients automagically. It does so by DHCP. Since you weren't using DHCP, you weren't getting all the wonderful stuff it was sending your PC.

That about sums it up.

Glad to help.


Andre
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