My configuration is as follows (--> means wireless, ==> means wired):
WISP AP --> My Rooftop Antenna & Radio ==> Linksys WRT54G Router --> Ooma Telo ==> Telephone
One question that I have for the forums, is why on earth the Ooma help pages say to use 'either' http://172.27.35.1 or http://setup.ooma.com to get to the ooma configuration page?
How could setup.ooma.com possibly DNS out to 172.27.35.1?
It's not in the /etc/hosts file.
I'm using the Google DNS servers (e.g., 184.108.40.206) so they wouldn't have it either.
Why on earth does Ooma Support say to use http://setup.ooma.com when that can't possibly DNS out to 172.27.35.1?
What (fundamental concept) am I missing?
Here's what I do:
1. On linux, I use the wlan0 wireless adapter for my Internet
2. So, I plug the Ooma Telo into the eth0 wired port on my laptop
3. The other end goes to the Oooma Telo "Home Network" port
4. On Linux, I change the eth0 to the same subnet as the Ooma Telo (sudo ifconfig eth0 172.27.35.10)
5. Then, in Firefox, I visit the Ooma web page (http://setup.ooma.com)
6. This always fails (see the attached screenshot)
7. Then, in Firefox, I visit the same Ooma web page using http://172.27.35.1
8. This works fine (see screenshots below).
Q: Why does Ooma Support say to use http://172.27.35.1 or http://setup.ooma.com when there's no chance in a million years of http://setup.ooma.com actually resolving to 172.27.35.1?
I must be missing something fundamental here ...
- There is no way setup.ooma.com is going to resolve to 172.27.35.1 ... so why does Support say to use that URL?
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- Of course, 172.27.35.1 does resolve to the Ooma ... so only that URL can possibly work.
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But my question is HOW could Ooma Support possibly expect setup.ooma.com to resolve to 172.27.35.1 WITHOUT adding this line to the /etc/hosts file?
$ sudo vi /etc/hosts
http://setup.ooma.com depends on there being a no find on the DNS lookup.
Ooma catches that and displays the internal web page.
The first I heard of this was from people using OpenDNS.
They always return a hit no matter what you type.
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Hmmm... OK. I guess. This is a 'special' usage of DNS, I guess.murphy wrote:Ooma catches that and displays the internal web page. They always return a hit no matter what you type.
What you're saying is that, when the computer is wired directly to the Ooma, and when I go to 'setup.ooma.com', the Ooma has its own DNS server (somehow) which returns the web page at http://172.27.35.1/home.lp
I just tried it on a computer that did NOT have 172.27.35.1 in the hosts file (it was a WinXP machine so the hosts file is C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts).
Here's what happened:
a) I connected the router "To Internet" port to a router output port with a CAT5 ethernet cable;
b) I disconnected the WinXP computer from a router output port & then connected it to the Ooma "Home Network" port;
c) I opened up Firefox on WinXP and opened up three tabs'
d) In the 1st tab, I typed "http://foo.ooma.com" ... This said "Server not found";
e) In the 2nd tab, I typed "http://setup.ooma.com" ... This said "Server not found";
f) In the 3rd tab, I typed "http://172.27.35.1" ... This brought up the Ooma home.lp page;
g) Interestingly, I reloaded the two tabs that didn't work prior;
h) Guess what? The "setup.ooma.com" tab now worked!
So, this 'proves' (sort of) that 'setup.ooma.com' resolves to 172.27.35.1 (at least after I already went to 172.27.35.1); but it also shows that anything other than setup.ooma.com does not resolve to 172.27.35.1 (at least in my tests).
I consider this interesting ... but for me, I'll just go to http://172.27.35.1 and not worry about the inconsistent results using the easier-to-remember "setup.ooma.com" URL.