Trouble setting up an internet router with RedHat 4.0

Trouble setting up an internet router with RedHat 4.0

Post by VanderBi » Fri, 30 May 1997 04:00:00

Hello all,

For a while I've installed on a nice 386dx40 with 20M ram the RedHat
distribution of Linux. Now that I understand most of its tricks, I am
trying to get it to work as a router of the local (windows 3.11 and
95) machines to the internet.

I've got the PPP-dialer bit to work allright. (Although I have to
remove the default route manually before the ppp0 iface will take the
default route??) I can ping machines on the internet and telnet to
them from the Linux machine. The tricky thing though is that the
windows machines on the network don't get a ping response at all,
mostly "request timed out". Before anyone says anthing about "setting
the default gateway" etc, we also have a Cisco router that works just
fine for the Windows thingies, but that only connects to a private
machine somewhere else.

I suspect I've got something wrong in the routing table on the Linux
machine, but I don't know what. *sigh*  For debugging purposes and
maybe nice advice, I've added the output of a "route -n".

Hoping to hear from anybody what I did wrong,

Gert-Jan van de Bilt,
Delft, Netherlands.

Kernel IP routing table
Destination Gateway     Genmask         Flags Metric Ref    Use Iface UH    0      0        0 ppp0   U     0      0        8 eth0       U      0      0        5 lo         UG    0      0        0 ppp0


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