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Re: 'looking up xxxx' forever

On Mon, 5 Apr 2010 13:26:14 -0400 (EDT), Hugo Vanwoerkom wrote:
> Stephen Powell wrote:
>> This is sounding more and more like an expired DHCP lease.
>> You really need to investigate this, as I suggested earlier.
>> ISPs really don't want dial-up users to be connected very long.
>> They want them to get in, read their e-mail, and get out,
>> especially if they are paying a flat fee for unlimited access.
>> In the "old days" before TCP/IP, i.e. traditional async dial-up
>> access to an on-line service provider, such as AOL, Compuserve,
>> Prodigy, etc., they would just hang up on you after so long.
>> Now they have a sneakier way of doing it.  They give you
>> a short DHCP lease and no renewals.  DHCP lease time varies from
>> ISP to ISP.  Generally, the less you pay per month, the shorter
>> the DHCP lease time.  They force *you* to hang up on *them*.
> But if it was an expired DHCP lease wouldn't the 'looking up' problem 
> always happen after the same time period expired from connect?

Well, one would think so, at least approximately.  Some variation
might be expected due to ARP cache entries and how often the cache
is refreshed, but it shouldn't vary widely.  Does the length of
time between connection and the first occurrence of the problem
vary widely?  What's the shortest and longest "good connection"
time?  It could also be that different servers at the ISP are
set for different times and it depends on which server you get
when you dial in.

  .''`.     Stephen Powell    <zlinuxman@wowway.com>
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