[mythtv-users] Network issues (slightly OT)

Steve Greene sgreene820 at gmail.com
Thu Mar 7 00:44:20 UTC 2024

Thanks for the analysis. My router (G3100 Verizon FIOS) has a built-in 4
port switch. The slave backend is behind another 8 port dumb switch (I
needed to network a printer in the same room). DNS seems to work at the
backend workstation, I can ping google.com. I discovered an address
conflict with one of my numerous wifi devices and my slave backend, but
it's not the communications with the secondary backend that seems to be the
problem. I will note that I can't ping my primary backend from my laptop,
which can ping the slave. The slave can't ping the master. The difference
seems to be the slave is behind another switch. I've made some changes in
the IPV4 connection list on the router. I'm going to give it an hour or two
to update (home router).

Steve Greene
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On Wed, Mar 6, 2024 at 6:30 PM Stephen Worthington <stephen_agent at jsw.gen.nz>

> On Wed, 6 Mar 2024 12:57:40 -0500, you wrote:
> >The subnet range used is 192.168.1.xxx. The router definitely sees the
> >workstation and uses my assigned IP address. I have set the netmask to
> >, but when I review the entries, it goes to "24". Possibly
> >need to change it in /etc/network/interfaces.
> /24 means 24 bits of mask, which is just another way of saying
> (3 x 8 bits of mask 255 = 0xFF, so 24 bits of mask in
> total).
> Are you using a separate Ethernet switch, or just a switch built into
> your router?  Is your router set to use its builtin switch as a
> switch, or is it using the ports as separate routeable subnet ports?
> That is a feature available in good routers.  What is the router?
> In general, when traffic is going between addresses on the same subnet
> ( in your case), it should not be being processed by the
> router, but just handled by the Ethernet switch hardware, a separate
> part of the router box.  A switch does not do any firewalling - it
> only drops packets when the destination address can not be found on
> any of the switch ports.  Only if a packet has an address outside the
> range of the subnet addresses should it be passed on to the router
> section of your router box and processed by the firewall(s) and then
> mapped against the routing table to see where to send it.
> Also note that ping packets will only get a response from devices that
> have ping responses enabled.  Quite a lot of devices have ping
> responses disabled by default.  If the pings were working with your
> old router, then they still should with the new router, but you may
> simply have not ever needed to try pings with the old router as the
> networking was working.
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