That seems like a basic connectivity issue, if something as basic as pinging does not work. Many people have installed on the HP MediaSmart server.I installed Amahi on my HP MediaSmart server (I had to put the HD in another computer to do this, as a USB install failed).
Following your instructions, I turned off the DHCP on my router and restarted various computers that attach to it.
Result: none of our computers could connect to the internet. The Amahi server was not assigning IP addresses.
So I did a factory restore on the router (since I couldn't even connect to it to turn the DHCP back on).
Then I turned the DHCP off on my Amahi server.
Result: I can now connect to the internet, but I cannot connect to the Amahi server. It does not show any IP address for the HDA.
Pinging the router from the server also fails. (I have a debug board attached to the MediaSmart, so I can see what's going on and enter commands.)
I tried ifconfig to get the mac address to add the client manually, but this returned an error "command not found"
Are you positive the settings in Amahi.org have the proper networking settings?
A typo in those would produce this behavior exactly as you described.
As to ifconfig, it's a little antiquated tool. These days, you can better use
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