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  • RichyV
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    Well, I could not get mine to work at all with a Virgin Media cable connection.

    All of the settings seem simple enough, but no combination of DNS and Network Domain Name (whatever that is) will work.

    In the Configure DNS... area you can choose "UK- Virgin". this correctly assigns Virgin Media's DNS servers but puts 'Virgin.net' (again, whatever that is!) in the Network Domain Name box. All this ends up doing is appending 'virgin.net' to any addresses I tried to look up in AWeb, i.e. 'amibay.com.virgin.net'. Strangely, I was never able to surf the web like this! :-/ Changing the Network Domain Name to 'virginmedia.com' (their correct server name) was a step closer (I was able to browse to aminet.net) but mostly failed with other sites just giving an unhelpful 'Error' message in AWeb's main browser window.

    I thought I'd try changing the DNS to my router address of 192.168.0.1, but still no...

    On my second evening of trying to set this up I began to get closer (in that I was just getting DNS errors from the virginmedia.com server), so I tried good ol' Google - popped Google.com in the Network Domain Name box along with 8.8.8.8 as the primary DNS and, hey presto, I'm online with my X-Surf 100!

    What a palaver though - surely it shouldn't be this difficult, and why did I have to resort to using Google as the DNS? My setup's hardly 'complex'!

    Anyone else with VM trying to use EasyNet? I'd be interested to discover your learnings.............

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  • stefanharnesk
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    Finally!

    So I finally got my easynet to work, actually it was incredibly easy I just messed up the first times I tried to configure it.

    I used the settings Ipconfig gave me and static router-adress and used my ISP's network domain name.

    Once I did that, it was up and running and with decent speed aswell I think.

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  • cosmicfrog
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    thats a nice security step kronuz but dose involve the user knowing which IP number each machine on local network is not to mention everything else which would be great oh whatever hehehehe also I`d lke say I havent use easynet or any other networking on the amiga yet well must of in aros at some point but defiantly not lately

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  • kronuz
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    With EasyNet I have always used random host names and random network names without any troubles on my Amiga's, regardless of my actual internal domain name or ISP.


    Never ever used DHCP or ISP settings in EasyNet though...

    I would use static IP and a random internal domain name over DHCP any day.

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  • www_amigakit_com
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    Make sure that the EasyNet GUI is closed after you go online.

    Tell me if that makes the difference.

    MBUFs should really make a difference with IBrowse, it does with my system.

    However, a good test of HTTP download is not with IBrowse as it is very CPU intensive.

    You could try WGET or similar to test HTTP speeds.

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  • matt3k
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    Thanks

    @Amiga Kit

    Thanks for the suggestion. I gave it a try and didn't make a noticable difference.

    Can't figure out why Ibrowse is so slow downloading. I am still conducting tests to diagnose the issues.

    Perhaps the new version 4 will correct this? Well, at least I will be able to print again.

    Thanks again for the great work!

    Matt

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  • www_amigakit_com
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    @Matt3k

    What MBUFs setting do you have in the EasyNet TCP/IP settings

    If you have the memory available, set it to 4096kb

    This will be necessary for browsing large web pages.

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  • cosmicfrog
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    yep it all should work fine without haveing to speify a Network Domain Name, I never do, as long as dns, local gateway and ur machine have valid IP addresses u should be good to go

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  • SkydivinGirl
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    Wow! That's really interesting, if not a bit odd. Yes, please keep us updated.

    Heather

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  • matt3k
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    Update.

    switched to FTP for testing within my LAN.

    EasyNet is now king of the hill at 1,500,000 cps.
    Roadshow is 1,200,000
    Miami is 900,000

    Something is buggered up with Easynet with downloading via the internet browser....

    Will keep you posted...

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  • SkydivinGirl
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    What are you using for your speed tests?

    Heather

    ---------- Post added at 08:34 ---------- Previous post was at 08:29 ----------

    Originally posted by cosmicfrog View Post
    your Network Domain Name is what u call the machine/own network - MyOwnPC.com
    Unfortunately, putting my network domain name in I couldn't get EasyNet to work at all. I'd really love to hear a better explanation from AmigaKit as to what this field is, what it does, and why it's needed for DNS resolution. I've never seen TCP/IP need this field on any other system. It's not the Computer Name from what I've been able to tell.

    Heather

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  • matt3k
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    Thanks for clarifying Cosmic Frog.

    Tried Roadshow and it is giving 350,000 cps. Going to give up on Easynet for now and go with what is working.

    Roadshow is really fast, a bit more testing and I purchase it.

    Interested in others who have an x-surf 100 and easynet for speed tests.

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  • cosmicfrog
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    Network Domain Name and DNS are 2 diffrent things

    your network privider will all most probably be your Domain Name Sever or u can use some 1 else like the open u have found or google which i think is 8.8.8.8

    your Network Domain Name is what u call the machine/own network - MyOwnPC.com

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  • matt3k
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    Slow

    Weird, just plain weird.

    EasyNet is slow only getting 30,000 cps. Tried increasing the buffers to 4096 with no change.

    The only thing I can even think of, is that I had to switch to opendns for dns to even make EasyNet work. Just like your experience Road Runner DNS will not work in EasyNet but works fine in Miami.

    For a while my cpu was spiking to 90%, but now it's back down to 15% with either Miami or EasyNet.

    Miami SANA2 peeked at 200,000 cps this morning and 15% cpu.

    Funny Miami Sana2 is suppose to be very slow and EasyNet much faster...

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  • SkydivinGirl
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    I'm glad the review helped! I never bothered with Miami so I really don't have any way to compare the speeds. I'd be really interested to see what your tests show!

    AmigaKit has also come out with the new version of EasyNet since I wrote this review but I haven't asked them for my upgrade yet. Once I do, I'll update this review.

    Heather

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