why does WinSCP work, but firefox not?

Barry Roberts blr at robertsr.us
Wed Jan 30 17:56:04 MST 2008

On Wed, 2008-01-30 at 17:45 -0700, Dr. Scott S. Jones wrote:
> If I can run WinSCP on a box running XP Pro, and with it access both Windows
> and Linux on other machines on the LAN, and yet, from that same XP Pro box,
> I am unable to access the net, is that possible? Should it be possible? 


> I have one application on this XP Pro box which is able to go out and
> transmit over my cable connection, data to a claims clearing house, and yet,
> if I open Firefox, or IE neither of those will browse the net...no
> connection out. 
> Similarly, ping out doesn't work. I can ssh from this box to others, in a
> cmd prompt, but if I 'ping microsoft.com' it shows MS's IP, but says Request
> Timed Out. 

So DNS probably isn't the issue

> I guess the fact that WinSCP seems to work, is what throws me, but perhaps
> that is just cause it works locally, but not out on the greater 'Net. 

Is this a home network or work?  Static IP or dhcp?  What kind of
firewall/router is between you and the Internet?  Can you browse from
the other machines on the LAN?  What are your DNS servers on the XP box?

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