Yes, i read over that page, or at least the parts which pertained to my install, when i set this up. This does not seem like a dosbox config problem. I may be wrong, but dosbox compiled, i verified in the build output that the NE2000 patch built. I have libpcap installed, dosbox appears to see the NE2000.
I know this because of previous failed attempts. When dosbox doesnt see the NE2000, the ne2000.com packet driver returns a mac address of FF:FF:FF:FF:FF:FF. In this case, it's returning a proper mac address. Dos see's the NE2000, my application links up with the packet driver. but no network traffic is leaving dosbox. its as though it gets to the linux host, and just stops.
Which is what leads me to believe that the linux host is missing some configuration.
Thanks for the response!