Quote: Originally Posted by claytoncarney
1. The Network Map (Control Panel -> Network and Sharing Center -> See Full Map) shows a device chain of PC -> WRT54G2 -> Gateway -> Internet (which is correct). However, when I right-click on the Gateway, it shows two devices: Actiontec M1000 and Actiontec TR64 M1000. This makes absolutely no sense to me.
Windows may be trying to understand your Actiontec the only way it can and given it's a modem AND a router (and can be one but not the other, as well) It may have two technical names?
2. The MAC Addresses reported by the Network Map for the WRT54G2 and the Gateway are off by one from the values reported by the device Management URL (e.g. WRT54G2 - Network Map says 00:23:69:7e:ac:4b; Management URL says 00:23:69:7e:ac:4c). Weird.
See answer #1. 4b may be router, 4c may be modem?
3. Running 'ipconfig /all' reports the primary DNS Server is 192.168.0.1 (the gateway) and the secondary DNS Server as one of the ISP's DNS servers. When I run an 'nslookup' on a domain name, I always get two 'DNS request timed out' errors (presumably from the gateway) before it returns the addresses (presumably from the ISP's DNS server). I don't understand why the gateway is being set as a DNS server rather than the ISP's DNS servers which are normally set via DHCP.
Does anyone have a clue what would cause these oddities?
Not really a big deal. If you have manual IP settings, I'd suggest using different DNS servers altogether. I like google's: 220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168.
I agree with you, all odd stuff.