dhcpd trouble shooting utilities

Colin Law clanlaw at googlemail.com
Tue Nov 20 16:48:28 UTC 2012

On 19 November 2012 18:36, Gene Heskett <gheskett at wdtv.com> wrote:
> Greetings;
> I gave the missus a Nook Color a year ago for Christmas, set it up to
> access my AP here in the house & even bought a book at the time.
> But then, since she uses the crossword generator in it more than anything
> else, I disabled the radio to save on the battery life, which w/o the radio
> can be a couple weeks.
> But, I turned the radio back on, and while the nookcolor does appear to
> negotiate the WPA2-PSK password stored just fine, but then reports that
> dhcp is running forever.
> So my question is, do we have any tools to analyze the dhcpd traffic and
> show me whats wrong?  AFAIK its working for my lappy, but it, from where it
> normally lives in the shop, would be coming in thru another wirelass AP in
> the shop, so its requests for dhcp service would actually be coming into
> what I think is the only active server here via the routers WAN port, not
> the radio.
> There is so much to know about this its easy to lose track of the tree in
> all this forest of networking stuffs.  I suspect that somehow, in
> attempting to improve the caching of dns lookups on this, the main machine,
> and have somehow managed to have it issuing a dhcpd response that clashes
> with the intended server in this router/AP.

I have had situations where messages displayed made it look as if it
was failing at the dhcp stage but actually it was not getting a good
connection in the first place.  Try configuring it with a fixed ip
address.  That will confirm (or otherwise) that it is dhcp that is


> But I need to tool to analyze this.
> Thanks folks.
> Cheers, Gene
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