Re: Cable Internet provider (Adelphia) system policies toward GNU/Linux
I don't remember the details, but doesn't Windows' DHCP client request its
old IP back the next time? Can you configure dhcpclient to request the
previous IP instead of just sending a blanket request?
Andrew J Perrin - http://www.unc.edu/~aperrin
Assistant Professor of Sociology, U of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
firstname.lastname@example.org * andrew_perrin (at) unc.edu
On Fri, 11 Apr 2003 email@example.com wrote:
> My cable modem system seems to perform differently under M$ Windoze OS's than
> under *NIX-like systems (GNU/Linux, for example).
> I am a subscriber to Adelphia high-speed Internet (a.k.a. "Powerlink", but this
> is not the old one-way Powerlink that uses a phone line for upstream, but 2-
> way "full" cable broadband). I live in Western New York. My computer is
> configured to dual-boot both M$Windoze and Linux; and I notice a very
> interesting and unanticipated effect because of this. It pertains to IP address
> assignment; basically the Internet connection from Linux works *great*, but ...
> When logging in under the M$ OS, I always get the same IP address I've had for
> about a year or so. But when logging in under Linux, I get a *different* IP
> address, and what is more, I think it is a different IP _each_ _time_, not just
> a different one than the IP I get under M$Windoze. So, to put it concisely, my
> IP address although not *fixed* (guaranteed by the provider not to change)
> under Winblows, is *stable* over a long-ish period of time (weeks, months,
> maybe years). But under *Linux*, the IP I am given is both non-fixed (assigned
> under DHCP, as it is under Winblows), and also *non-stable*, i.e. it "floats"
> and is likely to be different each time I fire up the system.
> I haven't looked at the IPs I am assigned under Linux to see what range they
> span and if they are in a different range from those (that one, which
> is "stable") assigned under Winblows, but I have read elsewhere that my
> provider assignes from a "pool" of IPs that is different from the "WinPool", so
> to speak, to UNIX systems. This is odd. Does anyone know why they do this, and
> what characteristic of MS Winblows they might be keying-in-on, so to speak,
> that causes a "stability" to be achieved for the connection under Winblows,
> that isn't present under non-Winblows (Linux)?
> Thanks, all.
> So, my little one-eyed one, on
> what POOR, PITIFUL, DEFENSELESS
> planet has my .. MONSTROSITY ..
> been UNLEASHED?
> - Dr. Jumba
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