dzanre1 Absent Member.
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Can anyone explain this?

Okay - this moring was the weirdest wifi situation I've ever stumbled upon.
Joe could not log in to eDirectory at all. I dropped to a command line and
pinged the server, and could see it (I kid you not, and the next paragraph
will make you shake your head). Joe could get on the internet through
Firefox though, and it was set to go through our proxy server with
eDirectory authentication.

So here's the kicker. I noticed that his wifi connection in Windows showed
"very weak" and I thought that was suspicious since he always shows a very
strong connection. So I looked and HE WAS NOT connected to our network! He
was connected to some rogue WiFI in the neighborhood that is open. It just
showed as BELKIN something or other. And it was set as his "top" preferred
network somehow. I got rid of that, connected him to our wifi, and all was
well.

So, riddle me this. How on earth was I able to ping the eDirectory server,
and how could he get out on Firefox with the proxy server settings he had?

Some days computers (Windows specifically) totally baffle me!

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Anonymous_User Absent Member.
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Re: Can anyone explain this?

We've had similar issues with neighbors' Wifi doing this to our Windoze
laptops, but not for our Mac laptops. I think it has to do something
with DHCP leases being renewed, but it only happens once in a while
only, so I haven't really investigated thoroughly and we've restricted
access to our Wifi only to computers we own.

AND...This says it all:

DZanre wrote:
> ...Windows specifically...

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Re: Can anyone explain this?

DZanre wrote:

> So, riddle me this. How on earth was I able to ping the eDirectory
> server, and how could he get out on Firefox with the proxy server
> settings he had?


Because you both used the same IP network, and they happend to have
hosts there with the same ipaddress as your server ?

/Batman

Best Regards Tommy Mikkelsen Denmark Please Report back any success or failure, That way we all learn Sorry, but no support through email "I hate bugs".......Tommy Lee Jones, MIB
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dzanre1 Absent Member.
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Re: Can anyone explain this?

Tommy Mikkelsen wrote:

> Because you both used the same IP network, and they happend to have hosts
> there with the same ipaddress as your server ?


And the likelihood that they have a proxy server with the same IP address?

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ukdtom Absent Member.
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Re: Can anyone explain this?

Kinda depends on you using strange numbers, or the def. gateway, or ?


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Re: Can anyone explain this?

Tommy Mikkelsen wrote:

> Kinda depends on you using strange numbers, or the def. gateway, or ?


Well, first of all, I really doubt that anyone else has a proxy server in my
neighborhood at 192.168.100.225 port 8080 - or do you think that's highly
likely <g>?

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Re: Can anyone explain this?

Tommy Mikkelsen wrote:

> or the def. gateway, or ?


Oh yeah - and to complicate it even more, Joe's PC has a defined IP address,
not DHCP, so it's not getting an address or a default gateway from the other
wifi - it's just got its own.

I think this is a really weird situation overall. It's fixed now of course,
but I still cannot fathom how it actually "worked" for web browsing!

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Danita
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Re: Can anyone explain this?

Are you sure the browser fails if it can't find the proxy? Did you ping by
name or ip?
"DZanre" <dzanre@no-mx.forums.novell.com> wrote in message
news:gemini.kmoxin000340u1l0l.dzanre@no-mx.forums.novell.com...
> Tommy Mikkelsen wrote:
>
>> or the def. gateway, or ?

>
> Oh yeah - and to complicate it even more, Joe's PC has a defined IP
> address,
> not DHCP, so it's not getting an address or a default gateway from the
> other
> wifi - it's just got its own.
>
> I think this is a really weird situation overall. It's fixed now of
> course,
> but I still cannot fathom how it actually "worked" for web browsing!
>
> --
> Danita
> Novell Knowledge Partner
> Time to upgrade to GW8!
> http://www.caledonia.net/gw8upg.html



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Re: Can anyone explain this?

Craig wrote:

> Are you sure the browser fails if it can't find the proxy?


Yeah - it's Firefox, and at least on my laptop if I forget to take off the
proxy and go to a hotel or something I always have to "fix" it or I don't go
anywhere

> Did you ping
> by name or ip?


IP

It's really more of a curiosity for me than anything else. Although it is a
bit disconcerting really!

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Re: Can anyone explain this?

Are you sure he was able to browse and wasn't bringing up a caches copy
of a webpage?

Brad

DZanre <dzanre@no-mx.forums.novell.com> wrote:
> Tommy Mikkelsen wrote:
>
> > or the def. gateway, or ?

>
> Oh yeah - and to complicate it even more, Joe's PC has a defined IP
> address,
> not DHCP, so it's not getting an address or a default gateway from the
> other
> wifi - it's just got its own.
>
> I think this is a really weird situation overall. It's fixed now of
> course,
> but I still cannot fathom how it actually "worked" for web browsing!

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Re: Can anyone explain this?

Brad Averbeck wrote:

> Are you sure he was able to browse and wasn't bringing up a caches copy
> of a webpage?


Positive - he was actually chatting on Meebo!

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Danita
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