Intermittent Connection Loss, Finally Resolved

General,Rants — August 17, 2004 @ 12:52 pm

So let’s see — what didn’t I try to do to fix this problem? I can’t think of a single thing!

- Tweaked IPTables firewall: Check
- Switched from Shorewall to IPKungFu: Check
- Disabled firewall altogether: Check
- Tried a new DSL modem: Check
- Replaced network interface card: Check
- Upgraded kernel: Check
- Upgraded entire Linux distribution: Check
- Tried a different computer: Check
- Tried turning off devices around the DSL modem, like the cordless phone: Check
- Used my AM radio to sniff around the phone line for interference: Check

Eventually called back, and this time they were convinced the problem wasn’t on my end. Dude is about to file a problem ticket with SBC’s DSL people when it occurs to him that someone might be squatting on my IP. So he asks me to turn off the modem, and sure enough, a few minutes later, someone had assumed my IP address! Turns out the fellow had two IP addresses assigned to him, and had decided to take a third without permission. Idiot. I hope they terminated his service for my two months of grief — dropped phone calls, dropped IM connections, audio streams getting disconnected, unable to watch my live Lakewood broadcasts … arrrghh!

Well let’s focus on the present. The problem is gone, and life is back to normal. Thank God for that.

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