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Wherein Brad whines some more... [Apr. 9th, 2007|08:59 am]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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After a week of being off the grid in Belize, I was really looking forward to getting caught back up on everything here in Tokyo.

But with the exception of the Internet access at Dan Kogai's house, my connectivity has been utterly depressing this trip. The conference had overly congested Wifi that barely worked, and my hotel's wired ethernet, while incredibly fast and low-latency, seems to drop my connections every couple minutes, then proceed to drop all packets for 5-30 seconds. Sometimes I have to unplug and plug the Ethernet back in for it to come back alive. And when it comes back alive, it intercepts DNS requests (even if I'm using OpenDNS), and does its own dumb stuff, including bouncing me through its own HTTP server that tells me it's loading the page I requested. (uh, thanks.) Then redirects me to the original place I'd done a DNS lookup on.

WTF.

Oh yeah, and I keep getting zeroconf-style link-local addresses from other people in the hotel when the DHCP server is slow (which is like always). So I had to hard-code. (and no, my connectivity problems aren't because I'm hard-coding... it happens even with assigned IPs... and I'm getting no warnings about other MAC addresses using my IP, like everybody was at the conference...)

What does it take to get hotel net access that doesn't blow?

Looking forward to getting back home and having reliable net access, ergo keyboard, and a mouse. And not living out of a suitcase.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2007-04-09 12:25 am (UTC)
Latency to the west coast and US in general is wonderful, so PPTP/IPSEC tunnel is actually a great idea. I doubt they'd be blocking it as they'd piss off too many business customers staying at the hotel. And since all my destinations are there, it wouldn't add much extra latency to my overall requests.

Still, that only addresses half the problem. I'd still like working DHCP and a connection that doesn't lose link all the time.

Oh, also: the hotel room has one of those card key slots right inside the door where the key has to be in it for any of the lights/TV/etc to work. But guess what also turns off when you leave the room? That's right --- the Ethernet link. Apparently there's some switch/router/etc in the wall (I can't see anything but a jack on the wall), that turns off when I leave the room, so I can't leave connections open when I go out to breakfast, etc.
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[User Picture]From: daveman692
2007-04-09 12:35 am (UTC)
Just throw a card you don't need from your wallet in there if you're headed out to breakfast and manually turn out the lights.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2007-04-09 12:59 am (UTC)
Again, only like 5% of the problem. The link drops non-stop anyway, even when I'm in the room.
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[User Picture]From: henry
2007-04-09 12:43 am (UTC)
jesus, most retarded hotel ever.
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From: solteronita
2007-04-09 01:05 am (UTC)
Yeah, I hate it when I have to spend all my time traveling and don't get internet access. Such a drag... =P
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[User Picture]From: brad
2007-04-09 01:16 am (UTC)
Hey, I wouldn't get the chance to travel if it weren't for the Internet, so show some love. :P
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[User Picture]From: travisd
2007-04-09 02:15 am (UTC)
So how was Belize? Wife and I just got scuba certified last year and are starting to look for warm places to go to. The quarries here are sitting around 42 deg.F right now...
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[User Picture]From: brad
2007-04-09 07:36 am (UTC)
I can't recommend it enough. And go to Caye Caulker... it's the chill island.
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[User Picture]From: mtbg
2007-04-09 07:52 pm (UTC)
Residency hotels FTW. My employer of a couple summers ago put me up in such a place. Every so often, an HTTP request would get rewanged to some PHP script running on a box in the basement (or somewhere) that was supposed to show a pop-up. This pissed me off for the first couple days I was there, until I turned off pop-up blocking to see what the hell it was trying to tell me, and got a window with a "Give me a static external IP address" button. The redirecting didn't stop, and occasionally the system forgot that I'd clicked through the EULA and cut me off until I clicked through again (bad when I was at work and Google News auto-reload triggered this), but I ran a Jabber server from my room all summer.
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