XP Linksys DHCP Hatred

Hans Fugal hans at fugal.net
Tue Sep 27 10:43:04 MDT 2005

Don Boling wrote:
> Hans Fugal wrote:
>> I set up a VPN for a client. They have a small office with DSL
>> (actiontec modem) and a Linksys router. (didn't catch the model, but the
>> menus looked like the wrt54g that my dad has)
>> In order to get the VPN to work, I had to set up a port forward. But
>> whenever I'd try to apply those changes the linksys would give me a big
>> red 404 screen. So I upgraded the firmware and was able to complete the
>> task.
>> Only to discover that now some XP boxes won't get a DHCP address from
>> the linksys anymore. Other XP boxes are happy to, but these two just
>> won't. Incidentally the two that have had trouble so far are the two
>> that have OpenVPN on them now, I state that for completeness because I
>> don't see how that would make a difference. One of them is a laptop and
>> is able to get an IP address from the neighbor's wide-open wireless, so
>> DHCP itself is not crippled.
> I am using OpenVPN myself and used to go through my Linksys router until 
> I started having problems
> like the ones you are describing... I built a OpenBSD Firewall out of an 
> old pc and it hasn't burped since.
> OpenVPN, Vonage , SSH, Web traffic ... all very easy to setup in PF.
>> I did change one other thing, stupidly - I set the router dhcp settings
>> to use a wins server when there isn't one. (I thought it was built-in
>> functionality in an XP box, oops) Now the finnicky thing won't let me
>> unset it, so it's still there.
>> Any ideas?
> I would hold the reset button for 30 secs or whatever is called for to 
> reset to factory defaults and
> start over... thats all that Linksys support will suggest. (Already 
> wasted time calling them on my issue)
> --Don
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Hmm, did the trouble show up when you put on openvpn? Does it go away if 
  there's no openvpn?

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