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PS2 Network Adapter -- "Central Station Cannot be contacted.."

Hi,

Just today, we got a PS2 Network Adapter .. and we're having trouble getting it to work properly.

We've connected the Adapter to the PS2 with no problems, we're using ICS to connect it to the internet; here's our setup:

    ISP  ->  ADSL Modem  ->  PC  ->  Hub  ->  PS2

I created a new Connection, using the Auto-config option (I have previously tried Manual-config, but that didn't work either). It runs the "Connection Test" successfully, (all lights are green), it then comes on to the section where it needs to Authenticate the DNAS -- in which it says:

    "Authenticating DNAS data..."

That lasts for about 20 minutes (probably a little bit more), once it finished, it says "Completed Successfully". It then shows the loading icon in the top-right of the screen, and after about a further five minutes, it shows the following message:

    "Central Station cannot be contacted. Check your settings and retry.
     [Ref. SCC]"

What is this all about? Why can it not contact the "Central Station" properly (whereas it runs the Connection Test with no problems)?

I'm open to all ideas .. as long as they don't involve spending money (on a router, for example) -- because I really don't have the cash! :-(

Thanks in advance,
Rob.

P.S.  I have a USB Modem, so connecting from my PS2 directly to the Internet isn't an option for me.
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Fatal_ExceptionCommented:
First, I see a hub in the mix.  Do you have another PC hooked up to this Hub, and if so, is it able to get out on the internet?  (To make sure that ICS is setup correctly..)  If not, take the Hub out of the mix, as it only causes collisions on your network.

And, you are right.  The first thing I would tell you is to spend $30 and get a router, instead of using ICS..  ICS routing is sometimes a real pain, and causes all kinds of headaches.  But then again, you would need to upgrade to a true ethernet modem (not USB), which I would also recommend.  :)
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InteractiveMindAuthor Commented:
Hi William,

> Do you have another PC hooked up to this Hub, and if so, is it able to get out on the internet?
Yes. I've also swapped round the ethernet cables, to ensure that it's not a faulty cable ... same problem.

> The first thing I would tell you is to spend $30 and get a router, instead of using ICS.
I actually intend to save up, and purchase a Gateway/Router/DSL Modem (all in one) soonish [as this will also allow me to eliminate my cruddy, USB modem from the setup :-)] ... but at the moment, I have no money; so in the mean time, I really want to try and get it to work with ICS.

Thanks.
Rob.
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InteractiveMindAuthor Commented:
What confuses me mostly about this, is that it runs and completes the "Network Test" (on the PS2) successfully .. which as you probably know, involves the PING, Traceroute, DNAS verification, etc..
Yet, despite this, it is unable to contact without error, to the Central Station.

:o\
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Fatal_ExceptionCommented:
Yea, I understand the $ issue.  In this economy, we all need to be careful where we spend it!

Those tests, unfortunately, only involve specific protocols.  Namely, ICMP, which operates at the Network Layer.  It will not test the upper layers that are needed to connect your PS2.  This is probably where the problem lies.  Let me elaborate a little here..  

When you access networks through a router to an external Public IP address (in this case, ICS on your primary system) packets are routed using NAT (or actually PAT - Port Address Translation) which allows multiple systems to communicate while using only one public IP address.  It could be that the specific ports you need are not being properly accessed on your ICS system, causing the packets to be dropped.  ICMP uses traditional ports, so those tests will work.  (ICMP uses Echo, which is port 6, I believe...)

Anyway, that is my theory here..  :)

Here is a good page that answers a lot of questions regarding PS2 and networking...  Even has some comments on using ICS.  You might try taking the hub out of the mix and hooking directly to the ICS internal NIC using a Crossover Cable..  

http://boardsus.playstation.com/playstation/NetworkAdaptorFAQ

FE
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InteractiveMindAuthor Commented:
Thanks very much FE. I'll have a play around with it, and also skim through the FAQ that you posted; I'll get back to you shortly (hopefully).  :-)

Regards;
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Fatal_ExceptionCommented:
Very good..  a correction though..  echo uses port 7 TCP/UDP..  just came to me!  :)
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InteractiveMindAuthor Commented:
hehe, okay. :-)

Well, What I tried was the following setup instead:

   ISP  ->  DSL Modem  ->  PC  ->  PS2

(I used a crossover cable between the PC and PS2, whereas I'd originally used a Cat-5 cable between the Hub and PS2..)

I also disabled the PC's XP firewall, and set my Sygate firewall to allow *all* traffic, on *all* Ports/Protocols, to all other IP addresses on my LAN (which at the moment, only consists of the PC and PS2).

But, I'm getting the exact same problem as last time... :'(

Any other ideas? I've looked through the FAQ, but can't see a solution to my particular problem...

How odd.

Cheers.
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Fatal_ExceptionCommented:
Well, at least we can take the hub out of the mix of troubleshooting and hook it back up, eh?  :)

Did not know you were running 2 firewalls (XP and Sygate).  Here is another tip..  Software firewalls are very disruptive to your networking experience, especially ones such as Sygate, Norton Security, ZA, etc...  Even when you allow certain ports and protocols to be 'open', they will still cause havoc.  Another reason to get a router that has a built-in firewall (Stateful Packet Inspection or SPI) to do the job for you.  

Many people will disagree with me on the fact that I prefer to just use the built-in XP firewall for my LAN protection.  But, it is far less troublesome, since it only filters traffic one way (inbound).  I have a strong suspicion that the Sygate is what is causing your trouble here...

Also, you never want to run 2 software firewalls at once..  Use either one or the other, regardless of your network and what you are trying to accomplish.

FE
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InteractiveMindAuthor Commented:
Okay.. I'm a little reluctant to trust only my XP firewall, after last time I done this, I ended up with over 300 malware - within just 5 minutes - all detected by only Ad-Aware..

I'm also reluctant to upgrade to XP SP2 - for a few reasons.

However, if you really think that it's down to Sygate, then I'll give it a go..?

Thank you for sticking with this; I'm sure a lot of other people would lose interest after the first 2 posts. :-)

Rob.
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InteractiveMindAuthor Commented:
Right . . . I tried it with only the XP firewall on: It "Authenticated the DNAS data" a *lot* quicker .. but I'm still getting the problem of:

    "Central Station cannot be contacted. Check your settings and retry.
     [Ref. SCC]"

I'll give it a few more goes ... but if you're completely out of ideas, then I'll just have to wait 'till I've got the money for a Router. :-(

Thanks.
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Fatal_ExceptionCommented:
If you do get a router, and can afford it, get one with a built-in firewall.  That will save you the headaches of the having to worry about anything getting in.  Spyware is another matter.  Regardless, just putting your computers into a separate private subnet will do wonders.

Regarding that error, are you sure you have all your settings correct on the Xbox?  Can you manually see the config to make sure?  (I don't have a PS2, so don't know much about the interface..)  Make sure that the default gateway, IPs and etc. are setup correctly for the subnet that you are in..

FE
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InteractiveMindAuthor Commented:
Thanks FE.

I'm still having problems, so what I'll do, is just save up, and purchase a Router. ;)

Thank you very much for the help. :-)
Rob.
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Fatal_ExceptionCommented:
No problem, but wish we could have nailed this one.  When you get the router, come back in if you are having trouble.

And thanks!

FE
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InteractiveMindAuthor Commented:
Thank you, FE.  :-)

If you come up with any ideas in the mean time, then I'm willing to try them ... otherwise, we'll see how the Router solution goes. ;)

Regards;
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Fatal_ExceptionCommented:
Very Good, and I will!
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InteractiveMindAuthor Commented:
FE,
A few months later, and I've finally got round to purchasing a Modem/Router! lol.

I've hooked it all up, and after about an hour of configuring (everything), it's all up and running, and I can now play PS2 online!!!! WHOOO!!!

So, I'd like to say a big THANK YOU to you for recommending the Router (and all of your help). ^_^

Cheers! ;-)
Rob.
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Fatal_ExceptionCommented:
Great!  and thank you!

FE
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