[nSLUG] Aliant PPPoE
jim at on-site.ns.ca
Thu Apr 20 16:34:22 ADT 2006
Aliant and many telco PPPoE have bugs particulalry with fragmented
packets. There is a patch / hack to overcome this. The Linux box can
connect directly to the modem but the work around for the packet
fragmentation fixes it and must be used. If I had the link to the fix I
would post it. Don't have it now.
I always suggest that if Eastlink is available then it is the much
preferred provider. Technical support with Aliant is spotty, the email
servers are bell-nexia in Ontario. The DNS and other servers ( e.g.
authentication servers ) at Aliant have had several, many hours long, (
one over 6 hours ) outages over the last 12 months. Their internet
service is NOT telco grade. Their residential terms of service used to
have, and may still have, a prohibition against keep alives or such steps
as checking for e-mail every 5 minutes to keep the connection up. It is
NOT an always there service. It requires a login and reacquisition of IP
after a time out period. The IP is always changing as frequently as
every 10 minutes on their old pre-PPPoE service. Generally for the same
bandwidth it is more expensive.
Executive conclusion: If there is an alternate provider, USE IT.
The above rant is based on installing configuring and fixing litterally
dozens and dozens of connections with each provider.
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