Wireless DNS Problem?!

March 9, 2010 at 14:01:21
Specs: Windows 7
Hi everybody,

I am working in a hotel on an island, so it's hard to find someone here who knows about internet, computers, etc. (neither do I).
In the hotel we have a wireless internet router so the guests can use it in the lobby.
Up until yesterday, everything worked fine, until it just stopped. So I checked this morning, called the provider and they told me to connect my laptop directly, and hooray, I had internet.
After that, I reset the (Linksys) router and reconfigured it correctly.
I can connect to the internet, ping IP's, but cannot open any webpages. It always says there is a DNS error.
I then researched a bit and tried to put in a static (fixed) IP as well as DNS server etc, and it works fine.
The problem is, it is not very convenient if we have to assign static IP's and all to every guest that wants to surf the net...and it did work fine before.
Does anybody know what to do here?!
Help would be greatly appreciated...

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March 9, 2010 at 16:10:11
The IP addresses and the DNS servers for the guests computers should be handled by the router itself.
Normally the router itself can act as a DNS server and forwards all the requests to your ISPs DNS server.
So you have to check the DHCP settings for the clients at the router.

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March 10, 2010 at 05:50:31
Configure correct IP range, subnet mask, gateway and DNS server on router's DHCP setting, so that can assign this network info correctly to other computers later.

On other user computer, you have to make sure the computer is configured to obtain IP and DNS servers info automatically.

Hope this helps.

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March 10, 2010 at 10:29:10
routers normally do not act as dns servers.
they pass thru the dns requests from the workstation if the dns entry is set to the gateway ip or specifically to the isps dns server if that isp dns servers ip address is listed in the tcp/ip dns properties.

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March 10, 2010 at 13:59:09
Ok, they act as a DNS forwarder.

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March 10, 2010 at 14:21:20
:-) actually when we talk about dns forwarder it refers to how if dns can't resolve from its host and ptr records it forwards to another dns server. Just keeping the vocabulary and specifics clear. Have a great day.

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