An ISP of their own (was RE: [rescue] Being jobless)

Mike F lists at
Mon Jul 28 15:25:50 CDT 2003

On Mon, 28 Jul 2003 16:14:14 -0400
Phil Stracchino <alaric at> wrote:

> Aargh!  PPP over Ethernet is evil .....
No argument there ;) 
> I *never* had problems of this type with non-PPPoE SDSL service from
> New Edge or Covad.  The only time it went down[1] was if something
> physically happened to the lines, or something broke at the ISP's end
> (New Edge lost routers a couple of times).
> [1]  Except for the portscan DoS vulnerability I discovered in the
>      router's firmware, which, last I knew, Flowpoint -- er, I mean
>      Efficient Networks -- had finally acknowledged (two years after I
>      reported it) but still hadn't fixed.
I strongly suspect this is true in my case as well. The CPE Covad
provides (hey, it's free) is a DSL "modem" which is apparently a
bridge, and about once a week I get problems that only resetting
the "modem" will solve. I know there are plenty of cheap routers,
bridges, etc. out there that freak out from Code Red and the like,
so I wouldn't be surprised if this was a similar predicament, but
there's no way to tell what's going on, and no way to get into the
thing - being a bridge, it doesn't have an IP address, and there's
no console port :-|

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