Gateway issues - can't ping certain hosts on attached network
Our network is setup like this:
Internet ---[x.x.x.x] gw/firewall 1 [10.5.1.5] --- 10.5.0.0 network --- [10.5.1.40] cisco gw2 [220.127.116.11] --- 18.104.22.168 network
The gw1/firewall is a Watchguard technologies FireBox. The cisco gw 2 is a 10Mbit Cisco 1600 series router.
Most machines on the 22.214.171.124 network can see everything in the 10.5.0.0 network great, including the firebox (10.5.1.5) Most machines being Windows NT/2000 and HPUX.
However, we have two Redhat 9 machines that can't ping 10.5.1.5 most of the time, and can sometimes. The route seems to come and go. All the machines have a default gateway of 126.96.36.199
I think the problem is that the machines on 10.5.0.0 can't send a reply. Their default gateway is 10.5.1.5.
The 10.5.1.5 gw has this entry in its routing table:
net 188.8.131.52/16 (it won't let them put in /24 strangely) 10.5.1.40
It can ping 184.108.40.206 (NT Server) and 220.127.116.11 (HPUX 11) but can't ping 18.104.22.168 (RH 9) It also can't ping 22.214.171.124 (our end of the Cisco router)
They have to add a direct host route to be able to reach the Linux box:
126.96.36.199 gw 10.5.1.40
This is added to the firebox, and then any machine on 10.5.0.0 can ping Linux just fine! They have to add another entry to be able to ping 188.8.131.52
Why is this? Why doesn't the initial network route on 10.5.1.5 send them over here? What is going on? Any ideas?
Any computer in 10.5.0.0 can have the route added:
184.108.40.206 netmask 255.255.255.0 gw 10.5.1.40
and that computer can see any of our machines (including Linux) but the gateway won't do that...
Thanks for any insights!