Carl Johnson wrote:
> firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
>> ... The
>> timeout or "lockup" can indicate that the packets cannot be
>> reassembled at the destination (your computer) and the TCP protocol
>> times out waiting for one or more missing packets.
> That makes sense to me, but why is it only a very few web sites? I
> haven't heard complaints about poor wikipedia access, so it appears
> that most other people don't have problems with that either. One idea
> I thought of is that maybe they have very tight timeout limits, and
> since I am on dialup, I often exceed those limits and they then drop
That theory seems reasonable--Google used to exhibit similar behavior.
When I was using PPP, if I posted a Google search when nothing was
going on on my network connection, it would work fine. However, if I
submitted a search when some other connection was sending packets,
causing the packet to and from Google to take a couple of seconds, the
Google connection would time out. Presumably they were trying to defend
against SYN flood attacks. I wrote to Google and a couple of months
later the problem stopped happening.
> Any idea how I could trace something like dropped packets?
It might not be _dropped_ packets--it might be high packet latency.
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