Posted by Beat Rubischon on Wednesday April 06, @05:01PM
| Is your computer reachable?
from the ping-pong-ping-pong dept.
Each computer attached to one of our networks is tested periodically for several known problems. On Thursday morning, we start with a new, much more reliable ping test. Please investigate in case you get a mail Technical problems. Currently 45 computers are affected.
Two reasons why your computer must be reachable:
You can test your computer yourself and follow our instructions for Windows XP SP1 or Windows XP XP2. MacOS X users can simply stop their firewall - it is needless as long as you don't have configured special features.
- The DHCP server checks each number before it is offered to a computer. In case a running computer is not responding, two computers could get the same IP number. This happens quite often in our small ranges of public IP addresses.
- The central IT support probes each IP to detect the real usage of the network. We would lose our ranges in case too many computers would not respond.