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I've added a new agent to replace 31507, it is now 31546. Are you able to remove 31507?
The agent I'm having all the disconnections with is 31508. I'm not sure why the DNS server's don't show up? The router is set to provide the DNS servers, I've recently updated the agent PC to use google's DNS and restarted the service, but it doesn't seem to have updated in the website.
No trouble with it being tomorrow.
The new agent seemed to have the same private IP as the 507 and I wanted to make sure you had removed the old one if that was the same PC.
It's interesting that the DNS servers aren't showing up. There was a bug some time back but it's been fixed.
Now, back to your question.
Upon a first look and based on your input, the second hop seems to be the ISP on the WAN side of your router/modem. I think we can confirm this especially because you say you're using 192.168.x.x and have no 10.x.x.x network/IPs on the LAN side. Meaning, your router is not running multiple networks on the LAN so it's safe to say this is outside of your LAN.
We are constantly trying to tune our classification methods to try and determine what is in and outside the LAN but it's pretty hard to do when both sides are private IPs. We are considering adding a function that would allow members to manually intervene and configure what they know to be fact so that the classification can be better. The concern with that is non technical people might end up messing up their reports and not seeing the right info. It seems better to have members ask us to intervene, at least for now. Maybe with more input, we'll find the right balance.
So, as I see things in terms of hops, it's like this.
1 192.168.1.1 LAN side of your router/modem
2 10.20.x.x WAN side of your router/modem (your reports should be saying 'with your provider)
3 60.x.x.x TPG Telecom Limited
One question for you. Does your provider have two business names, like maybe one company bought the other one out?
We seem to find both TPG Telecom Limited and COMINDICO-AP SOUL Converged Communications Australia, AU.
We'll be talking about and looking at the classification code again today to see what else we can do. We keep tweaking things to get better results. These kinds of questions are how we can better the service and appreciate your taking the time to post.
TPG has aquired a vast array of ISP's in Australia, it looks like 'Comindico-ap Soul' is somehow related to TPG. We're actually using Internode, another ISP that has been aquired by TPG.
I guess at the end of the day I'm just trying to rule out that my internal hardware is the problem. When it says "Hop Down" does that mean it has reached that point but can't get any further? Or its having trouble communicating at that point.
If its reaching the ISP cable modem, but then its having trouble commuicating to my router on the 192.168.1.1 network, I'm concerned that its an issue with my internal router. Do the test results indicate this isn't the case, or should i be grabbing another router and testing further?
Well, without any physical access, here's what I think.
The majority of the issues are definitely on hop 2. Hop 2 seems to be the WAN side of your router.
The WAN side of the router seems to change IP's quite a bit which means it's getting a DHCP IP upstream.
I assume you don't have a fixed (static) IP at that location.
To me, it's either the local router or the interface that your WAN side is connecting to.
When it says "Hop Down" does that mean it has reached that point but can't get any further?
Or its having trouble communicating at that point.
The agent keeps track of hops on a very regular basis. When a hop goes away, it retains that information and puts that into the path as the downed hop. Meaning, if it was able to reach hop 5 for example but something happens to hop 5, it knows that it cannot reach hop 5 anymore but uses it's cache as the information for the missing hop.
So to answer your question, if the agent says hop down, it means the hop that 'used' to be there but is suddenly down. Looking at your reports, it looks to me like hop 2 which seems to be the WAN side, the ISP side, keeps going down or is configured in some way that it messes up your routing.
Personally, I would suspect the router since that's what it looks like. If you have a spare, while it's time consuming, it seems worth the effort to try another one. If that changes nothing, I'd have to say there is something that is not configured properly on the ISP side.
Thanks for the explanation about the Hops, that makes more sense now.
Unfortunately I don't have a spare router handy but the problem is inconvenient enough to warrant purchasing another one.
I'll let you know if the new router changes things, its probably a week away at this point.
I wish there was another way than buying a router especially if that is not the problem.
I assume you've looked at the routers logs to see if you can spot anything?
Yeah not much there. A new router isn't the worst thing, the one we're using is ISP provided and not exactly full-featured.
Ok, keep me informed. I sure hope that's what the problem is.
BTW, another way to help confirm is to install another agent (or more) in the area. That will tell you if there is a common problem that others are seeing as well. If others in the area are also seeing problems with that second hop, that tells you it's not your router.
Not sure if you ordered the new hardware yet.
It would be nice if you could just install another agent or two in your neighborhood.
Then you could confirm better if it's your router or something on the providers side.
Yeah, its already on the way. Unfortunately we don't really have any other contacts in the neighbourhood to make that work, so I'll have to make do with using a different router.