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Old 09-22-2005, 11:04 PM   #1
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Network dies almost immediately (FC3)

Hi everyone,

I'm trying to set up my linux box with wireless. So I ran iwconfig and got eth1 set up with my network name, and key and everything, and it seemed to be fine. I tried pinging google, didn't work. I figured maybe i have to "release/renew" so to speak (I'm coming from a longstanding windows background). Anyways, a dhclient -r followed by a dhclient seemed to do the trick. I was online. After the 'dhclient', I got this output:

Internet Systems Consortium DHCP Client V3.0.1
Copyright 2004 Internet Systems Consortium.
All rights reserved.
For info, please visit

Listening on LPF/eth1/00:02:2d:7d:3d:ec
Sending on LPF/eth1/00:02:2d:7d:3d:ec
Listening on LPF/eth0/00:08:0d:95:3e:60
Sending on LPF/eth0/00:08:0d:95:3e:60
Sending on Socket/fallback
DHCPDISCOVER on eth1 to port 67 interval 6
DHCPREQUEST on eth1 to port 67
bound to -- renewal in 276481 seconds.

So I'm on my network, get on the internet just fine...for about one minute. After that, the only way to get back on is to do a 'dhclient -r' and release it, then renew. Then I'm back on for another minute or so.

Does anyone know what's going on? Thanks a ton for your help!

-Tim T
Old 09-23-2005, 09:03 AM   #2
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Maybe it's not the dchp lease, but the dns settings. After you lose the connection, try pinging something on the local network or by its IP. If that works, learn more with "man resolv.conf".

If not, well it could be many things. Check dmesg when the connection drops. See if ifconfig still reports you have an IP. Err, maybe your wireless card driver needs work. Etc...

Last edited by six6; 09-23-2005 at 09:05 AM.
Old 09-23-2005, 09:42 AM   #3
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Hey six,
So I tried pinging something else on the network, and it worked. The problem is, I really have a lack of network experience, so I'm not sure what that means at all. I read the man page, and didn't really understand. I'm not sure what setting in the dns configuration would make it die so quickly. Any more help would be fantastic. Thanks!
Old 09-23-2005, 05:09 PM   #4
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Well, resolv.conf must contain the information your system uses to resolve domain names to numerical IP addresses. Behind a router doing NAT (like on your home network for example, where you're sharing one "outside" IP address assigned to your modem among all your home computers) you typically have a private IP address like, for example. If this is your setup, your modem is acting as your nameserver, and you should reflect your modem's IP as a nameserver in /etc/resolv.conf:
# Maybe make your /etc/resolv.conf read just like this
nameserver # use if your IP is 192.168.0.XXX
Though maybe you have are at work, and your IP address is something else, like In that case, you must find out what nameservers to use from your network adminstrators.

An easier way around this problem is to install the resolvconf package (not sure if Fedora has a similar package, Ubuntu/Debian do), or the awesome NetworkManager package that Redhat employees developed. Either of these should manage dns for you.

Edit: Noticed your modem's address is, reflected the changes appropriately.

Last edited by six6; 09-23-2005 at 05:14 PM.


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