Ok, my third visit to the local vet… I’d better get the internet going today!
I try to ping… but nothing responds… hmmm, this is worse than last time.
I ping the printer (its a networked printer, so it has its own IP address)… and that doesn’t work. The other surgery PC on the network seems to have no trouble accessing the files stored on the main PC, and printing works fine… very curious.
I unplug the ethernet cable and: I can now ping internet addresses!!! I disable the wireless adapter, and the local ethernet works well, I can ping everything on the local hub network.
I vaguely remember having seen (a long time ago) some network settings, which allow different network adapters to be given different priorities, but I cannot find these settings anymore. But in my searching, I find something called: ‘bridge connections’. I’m not sure if this is the correct way to fix this problem, but hey, its worth a try.
It takes about 2 minutes to bridge the 2 network adapters, and after that, everything works as it should.
The vet will try to setup a different email address & asks about a web site. I offer to send him some details on how I can set one up for him, and I am finally on my way.
Its amazing how a simple “please connect broadband internet” request can turn into a 3 day saga.