First post, by akm
A while back I acquired a mid-90s IBM Pentium machine. I am trying to connect it to my home network (intermittently - I won't have it always connected), but am having some issues.
I am using a Linksys Ether16 LAN ISA card with both an ethernet port and a BNC port (see below). The installation process seemed to go well - the lights are lit, and Windows 95 identified the device as an NE2000 card and it installed the driver. I then connected the computer to my home router with an ethernet cable.
All looks well, but I keep getting errors saying that Windows can't contact the DHCP server to get an IP address. it doesn't seem to be connected to my router at all - there are no additional lights on the router and my router's software doesn't see any new devices on the network. I attempted pinging google.com ('destination unreachable'), the IP of another device on my network ('destination unreachable'), the IP address of my home router ('destination unreachable'), and the loopback 127.0.0.1 (worked).
Interestingly, when I disabled DHCP in Windows and assigned it an IP address and subnet mask then reserved that IP in my router's software, my pings of my internal network devices came back as 'request timed out.' External pings still said 'destination unreachable.'
What am I missing? I've uninstalled and reinstalled the card and driver, installed Windows updates, and much more. I can't see anything that would be preventing it from connecting.
Thanks in advance!