Rebuild and Reprovision

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

Sometime last night my Speakeasy ADSL line went down. I could probably check this server’s logs and figure out exactly when that happened. I’m not sure what happened and neither is Speakeasy. I tried the usual tricks: rebooting the computer, rebooting the router, rebooting the DSL modem, plugging a computer directly into the DSL modem without a router in between, verifying router and IP addresses, and so forth; and none of that helped.

What eventually fixed the problem was Speakeasy rebuilding and reprovisioning the circuit. This was something only they could do, and it immediately fixed the problem. Thus the problem seems to have been on their end in their part of the network, not on my end in my LAN. However all their tests from their end showed that the circuit was up and running and the DSL modem was responding properly, so the tech wasn’t sure why that worked.

Looking for a New ISP

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Speakeasy is planning to be acquired by Best Buy sometime next year. Speakeasy has been far from perfect in the 5 years or so I’ve had it (roughly since Northpoint went under). However, it’s usually been adequate, which is more than I can say for most ISPs. That’s why I’ve been willing to pay more for the service. It’s hard to believe simple competence will continue under Best Buy. (Just consider what a Best Buy acquisition did to the Geek Squad.)

Any other suggestions for quality ISP service? I’m currently paying about $120 a month for SpeakEasy. Perhaps I should just combine a couple of different low cost ISPs (e.g. Verizon and Cablevision) along with a hosting package at DreamHost or some such. Probably wouldn’t cost any more and would provide some level of redundancy for the inevitable outages.

DNS Issues

Wednesday, November 1st, 2006

The name servers from EasyDNS seem to be having problems, and as a result lookups into the domain are timing out or failing completely. Usually trying again in a minute seems to cure the problem. I’m not sure what’s going on. I’ll open a trouble ticket.

Update: EasyDNS tells me they were the target of a denial of service attack today. Should be fine now.

Looking for a Router

Saturday, March 18th, 2006

This site is currently served by an ADSL line in my apartment as are several others I maintain. I recently noticed that my NAT/router/firewall device (a D-Link Airplus extreme-G Router) can’t map multiple IPs. That is, it forwards all port 80 requests to the same system. It can’t send requests for different external IP addresses to different internal IP addresses. This means I can only run one physical HTTP server.

Would anyone care to recomend a slightly more capable NAT? I don’t need anything fancy or complicated. I’ve been relatively happy with the D-Link. Essentially I’d just want more one feature, full many-to-many port forwarding. otherwise I still want an integrated box that acts as a firewall, NAT, gigabit Ethernet router, and wireless router in one.