Tuesday, January 23, 2007

The Big Bad ISP?

I have told this story so many times, I forced myself to tell it once more, so I will not have to again :D

For months now, during certain times of the day (early evening until 11PM), I have been unable to use the internet, with the exception of HTTP, which is web browsing. All other attempted connections fail, transmit a FIXED amount of data (I think it is 1Kb, but I have not yet counted) and then hang, or the data packets can simply arrive delayed... often by hours.

I can't state for definite that this is my ISP filtering traffic. How can I? They have not announced they are/will, though they do 'reserve the right to at any time'. Until I get a definite answer from them, I shall not write their name here.

I am hoping to resolve this, (currently battling with their seemingly non-English technical support), on the basis that this problem severely limits my use of the internet. I shall switch my ISP if all fails.

To be continued...

6 comments:

Sebastian said...

You know... a change is good sometimes, even if it's your "trusty" ISP ;)

Matthew said...

Heh, no. It's my "cheap" ISP :)

Matthew said...

Thanks for the nice SPAM!!!

eyts said...

Is it really because of the ISP itself? Or there are other reason why some sites were failed? I always browse the net, check mails and visit SE. When typing in a browser, i never put http. :-)

Matthew said...

Whether you type it in your browser or not, it still uses HTTP (if you watch, your browser will simply add the HTTP for you).

Basically because it uses HTTP, the browser worked. The problem is everything else, doesn't work.

Everything else to them means "file sharing", however to me it meant instant messaging, ssh (for connecting to remote computers), etc.

Thankfully they have changed their policy now. They reduce my speed (on broadband) to that of dial-up for 6 hours a day :)

eyts said...

:-) Thanks for the details Matt!