[nSLUG] Aliant PPPoE

Jeff Warnica jeff at coherentnetworksolutions.com
Thu Apr 20 17:22:34 ADT 2006

The last time my Aliant pppoe connection was reset was 9 days ago. It
may not be telco grade, but compared to what? The voice and data service
that relies on the kindness of people, in emergencies including
prolonged power outages, not to walk away with unguarded, man-portable,

Have all you configurations been in the same geographic area?

On Thu, 2006-04-20 at 16:34 -0300, Jim Haliburton wrote:
> 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.
> Jim Haliburton
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