What is happening with the forum this week?

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What is happening with the forum this week?

Post by j bjork » Nov 06 2020 2:23pm

I have had problems to access the forum during the day every day this week.
It says unable to find the ip adress or something like that.
Both on the phone and the computer at work.
Is it just me?

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Re: What is happening with the forum this week?

Post by neptronix » Nov 06 2020 2:54pm

User 'www.recumbents.com' ( aka warren ) reported this too.

..does it just happen at work? IE not a problem at home?

I'm thinking some folks have DNS servers that are not wanting to resolve this domain name.
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Re: What is happening with the forum this week?

Post by j bjork » Nov 06 2020 4:07pm

It has just happened at work, but I have had the same problem when I have tried on my phone too at work.(not one the work network)
But at home in the evening it has worked fine. Last week and before that it was fine at work too.

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Re: What is happening with the forum this week?

Post by AngryBob » Nov 06 2020 4:51pm

Did have a problem a few days ago. Could not connect, sorry did not pay close attention to message as other sites came up fine. Failed at least twice. One time I connected and search seemed extremely slow. Bailed out and waited. By search I mean the quick links.

Cleared up a few hours later.

Error did seem DNS related on total failure, site not found or could not open, something along those lines.

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Re: What is happening with the forum this week?

Post by neptronix » Nov 06 2020 4:58pm

warren just chipped in and said he changed his DNS servers to google's and things work fine now.

I have comcast and have to use google / openDNS ( aka 4.2.2.1 / 8.8.8.8 ) otherwise i get issues all over the net..
in fact that is probably why i am not seeing this issue.

I have a round of server administration work to do on ES. During that time, i am going to check out the DNS server settings and see if we can get better results.. that's on my list of to-dos now.

However the issue may just be with your ISP's DNS and there is definitely a limit to what i can do to affect that.
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Re: What is happening with the forum this week?

Post by Cowardlyduck » Nov 06 2020 5:00pm

I've been having the same problem from my home internet. If I retry a bunch it will eventually work, but it's still problematic as of this morning.

Works fine from mobile or work. I use Open DNS at home if that helps figure it out.

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Re: What is happening with the forum this week?

Post by markz » Nov 06 2020 8:02pm

Same problem, only way for me to get around is using VPN.

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Re: What is happening with the forum this week?

Post by Pat Eaton » Nov 06 2020 8:45pm

I had a forum blackout on all devices a few times this week. It lasted a few hours.

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Re: What is happening with the forum this week?

Post by neptronix » Nov 06 2020 9:00pm

crap, that's a lot of people having problems.

I'll work on it over the weekend. A potential fix is en route.
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Re: What is happening with the forum this week?

Post by Cowardlyduck » Nov 07 2020 4:38am

neptronix wrote:
Nov 06 2020 9:00pm
crap, that's a lot of people having problems.

I'll work on it over the weekend. A potential fix is en route.
Thank you!
I work in IT, so know what it's like. Appreciate your efforts!

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Re: What is happening with the forum this week?

Post by ZeroEm » Nov 07 2020 7:46am

Have not had a problem with ES but have noticed the Internet in general would slow down. My streaming TV is really buffering a lot something is up. It will hear about it in a week or two.
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Re: What is happening with the forum this week?

Post by The fingers » Nov 07 2020 8:10am

Happens on the I Phone, but not on the Samsung Galaxy Tab. :?
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Re: What is happening with the forum this week?

Post by neptronix » Nov 08 2020 12:56pm

I'm sorry i have not fixed this yet.. i do not have access to part of the system i need yet.. :/
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Re: What is happening with the forum this week?

Post by Hillhater » Nov 08 2020 7:19pm

If it helps find your problem...
Down here is Oz, i have NO issues with ES , yet other sites can be a slug to download.
This dispite a poor internet connection via cellular modem to a remote area ? :bigthumb:
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Re: What is happening with the forum this week?

Post by www.recumbents.com » Nov 08 2020 10:55pm

The only site I thought I had an issue with using my ISPs DNS server was endless-sphere. Now that I have changed DNS weird issues I was having with FB for a while are gone too. Bonus!

Good luck finding the fiix Nep!

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Re: What is happening with the forum this week?

Post by goatman » Nov 09 2020 8:20am

same here, not working

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Re: What is happening with the forum this week?

Post by ZeroEm » Nov 09 2020 9:51am

Bet money it has some thing to do with the Election, maybe some equipment is being overwhelm or DOS.
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Re: What is happening with the forum this week?

Post by neptronix » Nov 09 2020 5:44pm

ZeroEm wrote:
Nov 09 2020 9:51am
Bet money it has some thing to do with the Election, maybe some equipment is being overwhelm or DOS.
Global DNS issues have been a thing for a while. I have had DNS issues on comcast that are frustratingly intermittent for over 2 years now.

To everyone else, here is an article about how to use DNS servers other than your ISP's:
https://www.howtogeek.com/664608/why-yo ... ns-server/

I set mine at my router level to cloudflare's DNS servers so that it covers all my devices :thumb:
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Re: What is happening with the forum this week?

Post by Cowardlyduck » Nov 09 2020 6:14pm

neptronix wrote:
Nov 09 2020 5:44pm
ZeroEm wrote:
Nov 09 2020 9:51am
Bet money it has some thing to do with the Election, maybe some equipment is being overwhelm or DOS.
To everyone else, here is an article about how to use DNS servers other than your ISP's:
https://www.howtogeek.com/664608/why-yo ... ns-server/
I assume you are only suggesting this as a temporary workaround till the issue is resolved. As mentioned I use Open DNS and still seeing issues most of the time. People might start giving up on the forum if this goes on any longer.
Hope a fix can be found soon.
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Re: What is happening with the forum this week?

Post by ZeroEm » Nov 09 2020 6:17pm

No, no giving up, we can breed carrier pigeons.
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Re: What is happening with the forum this week?

Post by neptronix » Nov 09 2020 6:53pm

Cowardlyduck wrote:
Nov 09 2020 6:14pm
I assume you are only suggesting this as a temporary workaround till the issue is resolved. As mentioned I use Open DNS and still seeing issues most of the time. People might start giving up on the forum if this goes on any longer.
Hope a fix can be found soon.
Cheers
It is a temporary fix, because i still do not have access to part of the system i need to.
I'm also concerned as you are. It sucks to be powerless to change things at the moment. :x

I looked over out traffic reports and we are not down on traffic thankfully. In fact 2020 has had ~15% more activity than last year. :shock:

Anyway, i did an edit on the DNS records of endless-sphere.com for now. Sometimes DNS servers can have corrupt records and an update will clear those records.

Let me know if you see a change on your end due to that. :es:
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Re: What is happening with the forum this week?

Post by Michael B » Nov 09 2020 8:04pm

Been happening for over a week but does connect sometimes, like now.
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Re: What is happening with the forum this week?

Post by PRW » Nov 09 2020 8:14pm

yes, problems from here in NZ for the last week

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Re: What is happening with the forum this week?

Post by goatman » Nov 09 2020 8:23pm

whatever you did, fixed it for me today, i was just updating my 30Q test and hadnt been able to upload for a week :bigthumb:

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Re: What is happening with the forum this week?

Post by marty » Nov 10 2020 2:20pm

neptronix wrote:
Nov 06 2020 2:54pm
some folks have DNS servers
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Name_server
A name server refers to the server component of the Domain Name System (DNS), one of the two principal namespaces of the Internet. The most important function of DNS servers is the translation (resolution) of human-memorable domain names (example.com) and hostnames into the corresponding numeric Internet Protocol (IP) addresses (93.184.216.34), the second principal name space of the Internet which is used to identify and locate computer systems and resources on the Internet.
AngryBob wrote:
Nov 06 2020 4:51pm
Using the Cast of Com for ISP
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_service_provider
An Internet service provider (ISP) is an organization that provides services for accessing, using, or participating in the Internet.
markz wrote:
Nov 06 2020 8:02pm
Same problem, only way for me to get around is using VPN.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_private_network
A virtual private network (VPN) extends a private network across a public network and enables users to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if their computing devices were directly connected to the private network. Applications running across a VPN may therefore benefit from the functionality, security, and management of the private network. Encryption is a common, although not an inherent, part of a VPN connection.
ZeroEm wrote:
Nov 09 2020 9:51am
Bet money it has some thing to do with the Election, maybe some equipment is being overwhelm or DOS.
DOS? Not sure what DOS is? Could be?
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Re: 07/23/2020 DDOS attack on forum & fix - do you notice any complications?

by marty » Jul 24 2020 6:57pm
DDOS = distributed denial-of-service

Well, thanks for fighting off the attack. Much appreciated :)

Everything looks good from here.
OK Marty learns about letters. DNS, ISP, VPN, DOS.

Should I be using VPN if I am sharing movies, music, or programs? Stuff I might get with torrents.

Endless Sphere working fine here. Buffalo NY. Internet service provider is Verizon Fios. Fiber Optic Service. So what's the I for?
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