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Heres an interesting puzzle.

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Old January 8th 13, 06:53 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband,uk.d-i-y,uk.telecom.broadband
The Natural Philosopher
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Default Heres an interesting puzzle.

At 5 a.m. my internet connection went 'weird'

Traceroute revealed that some internet sites were inaccessible whilst
others going via the same router were just fine.

I reported it to my ISP, sincere problem seemed to be in one of their
boundary routers, and patched into a proxy on a machine I COULD reach,
and (most) traffic was restored.

At 3pm the problem still existed, so I reported it to them by email

At 4 pm I lost patience and phoned. They admitted the problem, but said
that the router in question had been rebooted and the problem had gone,
but 'the solution seems to be to restart the customer router'

I did, and full connectivity was restored.

But the puzzle remains: how could a problem on a machine miles away
reflect itself in corrupted router NAT tables? As this is the only thing
that I can see that could have produced this behaviour.

I am honestly stumped on this.

Anyone provide a rationale?


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