Fixing the ‘Net One Router at a Time
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Afternoon watch, 2 bells (1:09 pm)

I'm trying to track down a very strange issue that seems to be geographically related, but not completely so. Basically, certain routes to some servers have long connection delays, sometimes 30 seconds or more, before any data are transferred. I can reproduce it at home some of the time. Other times, the problem is just gone. Several other people at work see the same issue, but others with the same service don't. I told you it was strange&8230;

I'm going to cash in some chips with some business associates and get some help finding the issue, it's a bit over my head at this point, and that doesn't happen to me very often.

It's not latency, because ping times are nominal. Yet traceroute results may be delayed for 30+ seconds while I wait for the second hop (first is my home router) to return results, despite having 10ms or less latency. It's like the connection itself is being held up somewhere, and seems to be happening mostly on a hand-off from Time Warner to XO Communications' network.

I'll post updates when I get closer to finding the issue.


2 Responses to “Fixing the ‘Net One Router at a Time”

  1. Sarah teh Crocheter says:

    It might be a registration issue. I have had internet service where you are required to register your MAC address. Upon "access" to the internet, I believe that MAC address is compared against a list in a database somewhere that validates that you are indeed who you say you are and not some schmuck that stole somebody's router.

  2. Scurvy Jake says:

    I'm totally lost. This morning things are running better than ever. I have no idea what's going on here.

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