[Dnsmasq-discuss] ARP ignores DHCP ACKs !

Nikita N. nikitan at operamail.com
Wed Dec 25 11:07:08 GMT 2013

> The important point for your situation is that it's perfectly normal to 
> see a DHCP client make an ARP request as part of the address-aquisition 
> process, and for that ARP request to go un-answered.

Hi Simon :)
Yes, that I understood very clearly, such unanswered ARPs are normal,
everybody told me that.. :))
As matter of fact, such ARPs appear in XP and Vista too, but 2/3 frames
at most..
On Win7 they appear in number of 50/100 frames, multiple times, that
raised my suspects..

Still, would like to ask you about ICMP frames, if I can.. ;)
because you say client uses ARP, the GW uses ICMP.. right?
Well, I cant see that.. the only ICMP I see are from the client to GW,
sent after DNS answers from dnsmasq (dnsmasq runs on GW)..
As I wrote, I set to drop all in/out ICMP frames on GW (iptables), and
still connection keeps alive allright on Vista, XP and Linux..
But on Win7 cant see the light.. lots of those unanswered ARPs, few ARP
req about who has GW, few Netbios, ipv6 frames and other useless
protocol frames, stop.. Win7 gives up, red X on connection, finish.. any
hint comes in your mind about that?

About ICMP in general, since Im serving only local pages to client, is
it ok in my local network to set drop all ICMP on GW? 
Thanks :)

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