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Hey,

I've got two computers, a desktop running Win98 and a laptop running Win95.

I have a Linksys router and a cable internet connection.


Right now I've got the Win98 machine running fine thru the router.

I recently tried to hook up the laptop to the router as well.  

The two computers are seeing each other through Network Neighborhood, but the 95 machine is not seeing the internet connection at all.  

Can anyone help me here?


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by:stevenlewis
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Bruno, static ip's or are you using dhcp with the router as the dhcp server
what does winipcfg on the 95 box show?
can you ping 206.169.61.246
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If you can ping the ip address, but not the domain name, then check your dns settings on the laptop

also try updating the winsock on the 95 box
http://www.microsoft.com/windows95/downloads/contents/wuadmintools/s_wunetworkingtools/w95sockets2/default.asp
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by:stevenlewis
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also check the gateway on the laptop it should be
192.168.1.1
dns ip should be either the ip of the dns server from your isp or 192.168.1.1
mask should be 255.255.255.0
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by:bruno
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sorry, i should have mentioned that winipcfg shows all 0's.

when i "renew all" i get

Error.  DHCP server unavailable:  Renewing adapter ""


I do NOT have static IP address, I guess I'm trying to use the router as the DHCP server.  



I have used the laptop in the past (few years ago, on my college network) everything worked fine.  Just not working thru the router.


How do i check the gateway on the laptop?


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OK, try using static ip's on the laptop
right click on network neighborhood, choose properties, tcp/ip for the NIC, specify an ip address
use these settings
ip 192.168.1.10
mask 255.255.255.0
gateway 192.168.1.1
enable dns and use 192.168.1.1 (or if you know the ip of your isp's dns server, use that)
disable wins
reboot and ping the above addresses
also ping 127.0.0.1
and ping 192.168.1.10
and ping 192.168.1.1
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by:bruno
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amazing.

why did that all work?

(didn't ping those addresses, but i can now access the internet)
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by:bruno
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I have used THIS actual router before to network machines with no problem.

Was this because it's a win95 machine?

Looking for knowledge as well.  :-)
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by:stevenlewis
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why did that all work
for some reason it wasnt getting it's ip info from the dhcp server (the router) so you had to manually enter it

Was this because it's a win95 machine
maybe, w95's networking wasn't as good as 98, which isn't as good as xp
I think it had more to do with the fact it was on a network (college) and was having trouble switching over to the new network
it could see the network neighborhood thru NetBEUI, and wan't using tcp/ip for file sharing
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by:bruno
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Ok...I had set all the settings to the same as I had on my Win98 machine....and the way that the quick start router guide said to....so I'm not quite sure how it could be confused on what network it was on.  

But obviously it worked, and I feel like a wonderfully geeky geek now, with my two networked computers in front of me.  I've been waiting for this day for a while.  

;-)


Thanks.
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Bruno, glad I could help
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by:bruno
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Steve,

I'm glad you could help too.  


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