Solaris 10 behind a wireless bridge

I want to bring up a Sunblade 2500 running Solaris 10 behind a wireless bridge. I can ping the bridge and I can ping the dsl modem. I have not been able to to hit anything on the WAN side. Anyone have a way to do this. The bridge requires a fixed ip on both sides so dhcp is not too good. Is there a way dhcp can be configured to have a fixed ip and the rest configured dynamicly? Makes my old retired sysadm head hurt.

You have described what you are trying to do very well but I'm not sure exactly what you're asking. Perhaps you can supply more detail. Meantime I'll start by stating a few things which might be obvious.

Your wireless bridge should be transparent to the network. Yes, it's likely both sides of the bridge have a static ip address (which probably need to be in the same range as the LAN addresses but not necessarily depending what the kit is). To the LAN the wireless bridge should look like a simple network cable.

So some devices on your LAN might have static ip addresses and others dynamic served by your DHCP server. There must be only one DHCP server configured on the LAN which will serve a range of addresses e.g. to

Static ip addresses can then be configured on the LAN starting from and going upwards.....201, 202, 203...... Simple stuff.

Somewhere on the LAN you will have a router (a.k.a internet gateway) which will have an ip address which is usually static so it doesn't move and all LAN nodes know how to find it.

Your Sunblade 2500 should be able to ping this router. If that fails you need to troubleshoot that first.

Your Sunblade 2500, being Solaris 10, should have the router's static ip address configured in /etc/defaultrouter (just it's ip address, left justified on the first line, nothing else in the file) so that if any processes call for a connection to an ip address which is not on the LAN, then Solaris 10 knows where to send that request; to the router.

Once that's done you should be able to ping internet ip addresses, e.g. successfully.

I guess that the router will supply nodes with DNS server address(es) so that browsers and the like can resolve names. Otherwise you will need to configure DNS server address(es) on Solaris 10 too. However, pinging a web based ip should work as it doesn't require name resolution.

Does that help? As I said, more detail please.


Thanks for the reply. After reading your answer I realize that I did not understand how default router worked. I must have been on automatic with the setup of DNS being needed, thus the need for a domain name, which I don't have access to. Old brain must have dropped a bit, I blame it on comic rayes.