Cannot access server behind external router by its name

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by swinston56, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. swinston56

    swinston56 Networkin' Nut Member

    Due to security reasons I deployed a two layers of routers:
    r_external(linksys,tomato 1.28): (and behind it my ftp server with IP
    r_internal(linksys,tomato 1.28): 192,168.0.1 (and behind it my 15 users with IPs:

    All users have Windows 7.

    My problem is that being a user behind internal router we are unable to enter "by windows name" to the ftp server deployed behind external router.
    When I trying to do this by IP - it works fine, but I really care to refer this server by its windows name.
    I've tried to enter its fixed IP and name in hosts file in my Windows. It works OK - but I would prefer not to maintain hosts file on 15 workstations:)
    I've tried also to enter server's name and ip into internal router tomato's "dnsmasq" section. The outcome is that when I trying to nslookup it on my computer - then it solves server's ip by its name (thanks to dnsmasq operation on internal router). Unfortunately I still cannot ping it or access by it's name, but only by IP.
    Can somebody give me a clue? Thank you

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  2. SgtPepperKSU

    SgtPepperKSU Network Guru Member

    Assuming your "users" devices use "r_internal" as their DNS server, you can enter the IP address/DNS name on either "r_internal" or "r_external"'s Static DHCP configuration pages (r_external would probably make more sense). Then the "users" devices would pick it up automatically.
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