NT4 Stand Alone Servers DHCP


I've had a nt4 standalone server (lets call this one "AAA") running for a while now as a gateway (using comtun).  AAA is mainly used as an internet sharing device for my home LAN.  a hub is connected to the second nic on AAA and finaly, a few PCs are connected to the hub.  This is working perfectly, all the pc are getting the network configuration through the DHCP on AAA.  

Last night, I built a second nt4 stand alone server (that we'll call "BBB" (how original)).  When connected to the hub, BBB's NIC doesn't receive the network configuration.  At first I thought that the NIC was having a glitch but I connected the NIC directly to my cablemodem and I was able to surf the net.  I tried putting manually an IP address but then again it didn't work (well maybe I did an error on that part, it was around midnight).

AAA's second NIC is connected to the HUB.  AAA is a DHCP server, DNS server and does SOCKS.

All help is appreciated!

- Nicolas
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stevenlewisConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I think the cable is not up to 568b snuff, or the NIC doesn't support 100mbit full. but usually in these cases it's the cable. Could be the hub, try a different port, but also try replacing the cable with a know good one
first thought is the cable
cat5 568b specs?
what are you using to share the connection (NT doesn't have ICS)
enough leases in your dhcp scope?
What services do you have running on BBB? Many services like DNS and DHCP dont allow you to have a DHCP address, and require static IPs for the servers.

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dohskyAuthor Commented:
Yep, the cable is cat5 and is working if i'm conecting a laptp.

DHCP scope is from to and I have 5 pc connected.

Comtun, used to be called Comsocks from Linkbyte is doing the ICS.  To what I know, it is doing a very good job.
try forcing the NIC to 10mbit half (as a test)
also try the static ip (make sure it's unique, and correct) and see if you can ping
my two cents:

I would first try to connect BBB via a static IP (<50) as stevenlewis sugested.  Eliminate network connectivity as the issue, then go from there.  And you sound like you have a grasp on what you're doing there, but make sure subnet mask is (or appropriate class C to match the others) and gateway is

Also, what happens when you boot BBB and do ipconfig /all at the cmd prompt?
what service packs on the Nt's?
dohskyAuthor Commented:
The NIC is working if i'm connecting it to my cablemodem (using the same cable).The hub is a 24 port all on autodetect.

I tried to set a static IP and still can't ping  (when pinging i'm requesting and get request time out)

Here is the result of a Ipconfig /all
C:\>ipconfig /all

Windows NT IP Configuration

        Host Name . . . . . . . . . : amaretto
        DNS Servers . . . . . . . . :
        Node Type . . . . . . . . . : Broadcast
        NetBIOS Scope ID. . . . . . :
        IP Routing Enabled. . . . . : No
        WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . : No
        NetBIOS Resolution Uses DNS : No

Ethernet adapter RTL80291:

        Description . . . . . . . . : Realtek RTL8029 Ethernet Adapter.
        Physical Address. . . . . . : 00-40-05-3E-4C-11
        DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
        IP Address. . . . . . . . . :
        Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . :
        Default Gateway . . . . . . :

I've installed the latest service pack and all critical updates..  sp6a I believe.

dohskyAuthor Commented:
Ohh  I might have found something...

If i'm connecting BBB to AAA 2nd NIC with a cross over cable.   It works.  And on the HUB,  it seems like BBB's NIC is doing 10mb, not a 100mb.

Soooooo  could it be the hub that screws up ?  Its a 24 port BayStack 252 10/100 HUB (It's only a hub, I don't have the "master" to configure it but usually, when no master is present, they are supposed to be on auto detect.

Any ideas ?

dohskyAuthor Commented:
I changed the NIC and tadam!!  

I just can't believe that for some reason, the hub can't stand slower connection.  Sounds wierd but I appreciated all your help guys!
Glad it working!
dohsky just FYI, if it's a managed hub, which it sounds like it is, often times the ports are configured for a specific speed, same way you can do with a NIC, and also most managed switches have the capability of converting particular ports to uplink, which basically swaps the contacts like a crossover cable.  I know you got it worked out, but just wanted to add that two cents for future reference.  You may have your ports staically set to 100 only etc...
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