I have an 486 running DOS 5.0/Win3.1 which I am working to network into a cable modem - directly at first and then thru a DSL/Cable router. I believe I'm making some progress, but am looking for any advice I can find.
Starting off at http://www.wown.com/j_helmig/win31.htm
, I semi-succesfully installed 'Microsoft Network Client for MS-DOS'. The NIC driver seems to load, and so does TCP/IP. I connected the NIC to the cable modem and booted the computer. I appeared to get a successful DHCP configuration, as doing an IPCONFIG came up with the usual numbers. So far so good.
Doing a "Ping [default gateway IP number]" resulted in an echo. "Ping [Primary DNS IP number]" and "Ping [Secondary DNS IP number]" also resulted in echos. However, "Ping [any Domain name]" results in a lookup error - it appears there is some problem with DNS. The DHCP config (IPCONFIG) does show valid DNS IP's. Any thoughs on where to look, or what to change?
I'd like to get thing working properly in DOS before configuring Win3.1.
Also, when booting the computer, the network asks for a login name, and password. I can just hit [enter] to get by them, but I'd rather not have them show at all. Is there a way to configure things so the network drivers boot without asking for a name/password?