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Created On: 01/02/2005 12:26 PM
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 01/02/2005 12:26 PM
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Hello clueless to this problem, and i dont know that much about Networking, so maybe someone can help.

Heres my Situation:

Im based in the UK with the Broadband Provider Telewest (Blueyonder)

There are 3 PC's in the house that share this broadband connection (its fast enough).

Here is the layout:

[Internet] <-----------Cable Modem--------[WinXp PC *ICS HOST*]------[16 Port HUB]----[WinXP PC2]------[WinXP PC3].

in words, i have one computer that hosts the Cable Modem and Connects to the net directly. Connected to that computer is a HUB. Connected to the host Computer are two other computers via the HUB.

80% of the time, ICS works fine, but everynow and again it will just die. I click repair connection on all the PC's and it says all problems fixed/None found. i look at all the info of the connections and everything is fine. Hey, i can even fire up command prompt and ping the other computers on the network (ping but the intetrnet is just dead for no reason, if i try to ping for example i get host not found..

im clueless, anyideas?

 01/02/2005 03:28 PM
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Finally someone else from the UK!

Anyway, it sounds like a DNS cache issue here; ICS is a nasty bit of software cobbled together by somone microsoft didnt like if you have noticed it yet!

When the DNS cache on the ICS host becomes clogged it will give up DNS searching for you, and this is why ping works, whereas the internet does not. Repairing the connect clears the DNS cache.

If i were you, i would buy a cheap router instead and connect this directly to the hub. You can get one now for about £25 of dabs; this should solve your problems and will means all the computers dont have to be on to use the net.


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